Alright, I think yesterday’s exercise served its purpose.
So today, in honor of nothing in particular, we’re going to open up the blog to discussion. This is an interesting time for me, as I’ve mentioned ad nauseum. I am working for my current company, in part, because I do blog. Yes, I’m working with a bunch of guys that I know and love, but part of the reason I am working here is that they like how I write. Specifically, they like how I blog.
When they were courting me, they brought me into their then cramped offices, and explained how much they loved The Jet Set. They wanted me to write for them.
I’ve never felt comfortable blogging about work. I think it’s always best to remain mostly professional in your work life and sometimes a blog is, well, less than professional. I also have a slight fear of being Dooced. So it’s taken a little shift of my brain to accept that not only does work know that I blog, but they’re cool with it too.
That’s why I’m actually going to out my workplace, something I’ve never done while being employed. I work for OrangeSoda.com; they do local internet marketing and specializing in small business internet marketing. We're also known as “Hey! The bike people!” because we currently give away sweet beach cruisers at trade shows.
It’s fun working for a great company again. It seems like everywhere I go, people know about OrangeSoda. I’ll be at a party, and say, Suedonym will say, “Yeah! Orange Soda! We love them!” Well, I love them too, Sue.
The kicker came when my sister-in-law, in town for a visit, asked me where I was working and I said OrangeSoda.com. She flipped out. “The bike people!?” she nearly screamed, “I wanted to win one, but I didn’t.” After working for places that are anonymous outside their own industry, it’s kind of cool to be at a place that has some name recognition. It’s also cool that I don’t have to hide my blogging.
If you work, does your work know that you blog?
What would you do if they found out?
Do you think they'd be down, or they'd be out?
If you don’t work, how does your business partner in life feel about your blogging?
How does blogging mix with your professional life?