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.