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September 18, 2007 | Category: In My Life

I have been toying, pretty seriously, with the idea of creating password-only entries. I wish I'd had the foresight to know that someday, having my real name attached to posts about blogging naked would be a real damper on my professional life.

Yeah, OK, seems obvious now.

The other day, I discovered a prospective employer read this blog. And despite the fact that I go to extreme lengths to respect the wishes of those I work for and live with in regards to privacy and intimacy?

Just the fact that I have a personal blog was enough to scare him off.

I don't know what this means to the Facebook generation, although maybe not much - since Facebook like Twitter, etc, is much more in the moment.

On the one hand, it took a lot for me to stick my flag in the dirt and say - this is ME. This is who I really am. I stand behind each word and each story and each post.

On the hand? Dude, I need a J-O-B. I need to work.

It absolutely destroys my creativity and honesty to be self-censoring each word and comma because something might be unacceptable to someone.

But what the hell is the alternative?

Meanwhile, the counter top guy will be here in a couple of hours and I'm thinking... shower? Clothes? Probably good idea.

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Posted by: aswkin on July 17, 2008 04:13 AM

I have this dileama too! What can you write, what can't you write? Are you writing for the reader, of for the writer (ie; you).

I wonder if Dooce looks back at her blog, and if she would have changed anything?

Posted by: Allycat on September 19, 2007 04:21 AM

Good question, no answer for you though. Helpful aren't I. I will say that clothes are usually a good thing when meeting with strange counter top people, unless you are looking for a discount...

Posted by: Jazzy on September 18, 2007 04:17 PM

I asked my boss from the beginning if blogging was going to be an issue. I was sure he had already seen it since he asked me where my blond hair was in the first interview. Ahem.

He's cool with it, not like I really share anything bad, and I would never talk about my work other than my love for it, so...

The right thing will come along. Promise.

Posted by: Angela Klocke on September 18, 2007 02:44 PM

Oh, Damn. Sorry, hun.

Yeah...the clothes might be a good thing... ;)

Posted by: sue on September 18, 2007 11:00 AM