by Paula Neal Mooney
It's been eons -- well, since 2004 exactly -- since I held a "real job" from a "real desk" in corporate America. That was before I began this blog, so these days I often wonder: Do people update their personal blogs on the job? And like Fantasy Football fanatics, how much is this "fleece-blogging" costing companies?
Of course, I'm not talking about corporate bloggers nor freelance bloggers for which blogging is part of the work day deal. I'm wonder how many "regular folk" like financial analysts, accountants, librarians, etc. are out there blogging using their office computers.
I was, after all, a master at monkeying around on the job. My sister reminds me of the day I was so happy when I figured out how to write my magnum opus novel in invisible type on Microsoft Word so no colleagues could see what I was doing.
(I shouldn't even mention the extended lunch hours I used to take, some days working out and hanging out in the steam room THEN stopping home to catch The View before return to my desk two or three hours later. )
I Know I've Been Changed...
Thankfully, I got saved and gained a bit more integrity. When I returned to corporate America a few years ago on a contractual basis, I was downright anal about doing real work for the real hours I was paid -- save for those times I couldn't stop chatting with my fellow contractors.
But even back then I couldn't get access -- and Lord knows I tried -- to the AOL- and Yahoo-type web mail that my safe and smart corporation disallowed regular employees from accessing. (No matter how much I tried to sweet talk those IT guys!)
So these days I wonder: Do companies nowadays block their employees from posting to Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, MySpace and other sites? If not, I'm sure they might consider it soon, seeing the hubbub that's beginning to form from folks not only getting fired for the content of their blogs, but from firms possibly taking notice of on-the-job blogging.
Do you blog at work? Is it your job or secret passion? Feel free to leave your comment anonymously, but be warned: techies can find out almost anything!
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