Is Your Boss Reading Your Blog?

August 1, 2007

 

First, I’d like to give a shout out to my boss, since I know he’ll be reading this. Hi, boss! Now, I know a lot of people may think that smacks of insincerity or satire, but it actually doesn’t. See, a few weeks ago, I sat down and told my boss about my blog.

Know what happened it? He bookmarked it and now reads it regularly. Now, to some people, this might seem more than a bit scary. Your boss reads your blog? In fact, he does. But it’s more than that. He supports it. As well as my success as an individual. He realizes that this outlet is a great tool for professional development, which he is a huge advocate of.

Now, I will also say that my decision to tell him about my blog was not without great consideration, thought, and even apprehension. But that’s pretty much the same way I approached telling my sister, my friends and my mom. Not that there’s anything here I’m not proud of. Simply that it’s a big step to tell people you know in the real world about your professional/personal thoughts in blog form.

I will also tell you that if I didn’t have a great relationship with my boss and know that he fully supports me as a person as well as the entirety of my career, I probably would have had a bit more pause in my decision. But in the end, it turned out to be the best move.

For me, I knew for sure I’d made the right decision when I asked my boss about a new professional development opportunity and he told me I could go for it, but that I should consider whether I have the time to spare so that it didn’t take away from this blog.

Yep. That felt good.

Now, telling my boss about my blog doesn’t mean he didn’t already know about it or that he wouldn’t have eventually. But that really isn’t a big deal if you don’t have anything to hide. And given how much a bylined, professional blog can enhance your career, I wonder why people bother spending the time writing trollish, immature or unprofessional blogs anyway. But I digress.

It’s normal to have some apprehension about telling your boss about your professional blog, but if you don’t have anything to hide, why not go for it? You might have more to gain from telling them than you realize.

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8 Responses to “Is Your Boss Reading Your Blog?”

  1. Mentality Says:

    Wow… that is some courage. I have heard people getting fired for something list this.


  2. I made a mistake before while I was maintaining a blogsite. I showed it to my co-workers and flaunt my pictures on the page. However, I felt that somehow my urge to write something straight forward and honest truth about my job was stifled because of this, not the mention the fear of getting sued for discrediting my former employer.

    Now, I would like to be bolder than ever with my writings and maintain anonymity on my blogsite.

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  3. This is a great post, Tiffany. I think I will tell my boss today! There was no reason I wasn’t telling him, but you’re right, I think he would enjoy it. Thank you.


  4. I think it’s a decision you have to weigh personally, as everyone’s relationship with their boss will differ, and if I didn’t have a fully supportive boss who’s invested in my success, I might not have told him. But, after I made the (correct for me!) decision to byline my blog with my real name, I had to face the inevitability that my boss – in fact, everyone I know – could find it eventually. So why not tell them about it myself and gain their readership as well?

  5. Tiffany Says:

    @ Clueless – I definitely think there are some reasons why you wouldn’t show your boss or co-worker your blog. One would be discrediting them or writing things about them you don’t want them to see. I get that. That’s why this article is geared for people writing professional blogs. But I think it’s important to also consider why you are writing a blog you can’t show your boss to begin with – and more importantly as a blogger, is it helping you to do so? Wouldn’t it be better to write a blog under your real name that could help your personal brand and even your career? I think so.

    Another thing to consider is that blogging anonymously is really a myth. People can figure out who you are in many cases. Just Google “Whole Foods CEO” and see what I mean.

    But that said, if you’re just blogging for the fun of it or for personal enjoyment and don’t care about getting traffic or enhancing your career, then this advice really isn’t for you. And that’s okay!


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  7. Idetrorce Says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce


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