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How Would You Feel If Your Boss Banned Personal Blogging?

What would you do if your employer pulled you aside and said a new policy was going to be put in place that would ban you from having a personal blog? According to The Raw Feed, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) staff were recently advised to quit blogging about their lives if their blog “clearly associates them with CBC/Radio-Canada." Now any CBC employee that wants to have his or her own blog must get their supervisor's permission, as they are not allowed to identify themselves as a CBC employee, talk about their jobs or express political opinions. Of course, employees are not allowed to blog during work hours and use the company's bandwidth. These blogging rules have caused a lot of uproar to say the least (I couldn't even imagine), so I'm wondering what do you think about them? Do you think every employee has the right to identify themselves and their profession and employer online if they want to? Source

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PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Blogging about work, no maybe. But then it is a free country...sort of.
katie10 katie10 8 years
I think that there are certain jobs where you shouldn't blog about work. Blogging about your personal life is fine, but blogging about work isn't always. Some things are confidential or should at least not be advertised. As long as you don't mention where you work or drop any names, I don't see why they should ban blogging for their employees.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
LiquidFae - its a good thing, then - the CBC is Canadian.
RemingtonFae RemingtonFae 8 years
It's fascist. My parents are always saying that if what is happening now had happened to them (which parts of it did) they wouldn't lie down and take it like our generation is. While I understand that they don't want to be publically and specifically bashed on the interwebs, or held responsible for the views of one person, invading someone's personal freedoms by telling them what they can and cannot write on their personal time and space is friggin UNAMERICAN!
RemingtonFae RemingtonFae 8 years
It's fascist. My parents are always saying that if what is happening now had happened to them (which parts of it did) they wouldn't lie down and take it like our generation is. While I understand that they don't want to be publically and specifically bashed on the interwebs, or held responsible for the views of one person, invading someone's personal freedoms by telling them what they can and cannot write on their personal time and space is friggin UNAMERICAN!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I never say anything bad about the company I work for in my blog- I rarely mention it at all, actually- but I'd be pretty upset if they tried to put THAT many limits on what I can and can't say in my own journal.
inadee inadee 8 years
my job is not my life and nor will it ever be. So I will never adapt my personal and private life to suit my job. I have enough common sense to priviatise things about working anyway so its not like its open to the public.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Eh, wouldn't be the end of the world.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I think this is a touchy subject, indeed. I've heard of people being fired for things they've posted on their blogs and such...I just think you have to be careful when talking about work. I always make my work posts "friends only" and know others that do the same. That way no one can read them accidentally. A lot of people like to rant about their bosses and such, and I know that I like to talk about the movies that I'm working on, but I wouldn't want the wrong person to read it.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 8 years
That depends on the industry and if my opinions would get me fired. In NH they don't need to give you a reason to fire you.
cindeerella cindeerella 8 years
i've had a blog for year now and every time i've had a job i've never mentioned where i was working specifically. i dont let my coworkers know about it either. i may mention things that may happen in the office every once in a while but nothing in too much detail ya kno?
paperkid paperkid 8 years
I'd blog anonymously, for heck's sake. I also don't write anything on my blog that would offend any of my friends or coworkers who might figure it out and read it. If I have a bad day at work I might write about it, but with no names and no clues. I would tell my boss that I don't have a blog and keep it anonymous.
krampalicious krampalicious 8 years
fortunately none of my bosses are savvy enough to really even know what a blog is, and i don't give out my personal blog info at work.
tundrababe tundrababe 8 years
I would keep on writing in my journal as usual - it's password protected, so they wouldn't be able to read it anyway.
steen steen 8 years
Surely, someone knows of Dooce - she was fired from her old job because she was writing very negative things about the people she worked with. I can understand a company's concern in not wanting to be mentioned by name on a personal site but they honestly don't expect to keep tabs on every employee's personal life, can they? I have a blog and usually update it in the mornings from work --- however, I only mention my job in passing and haven't specified where I work or written anything about my company or co-workers.
steen steen 8 years
Surely, someone knows of Dooce - she was fired from her old job because she was writing very negative things about the people she worked with.I can understand a company's concern in not wanting to be mentioned by name on a personal site but they honestly don't expect to keep tabs on every employee's personal life, can they? I have a blog and usually update it in the mornings from work --- however, I only mention my job in passing and haven't specified where I work or written anything about my company or co-workers.
haydee haydee 8 years
I teach high school students and most social networking sites and blog sites like Xanga are blocked anyway. This is when one should take the opportunity to do mobile blogging or blogging through email. There are ways around it :-)
piesecki piesecki 8 years
I agree that they should be able to request you don't mention the company you work for, but the idea that your employer can tell you what political opinions you are allowed to express?? That's ridiculous! Speaking of, time for me to stop browsing sugar and get to work!
piesecki piesecki 8 years
I agree that they should be able to request you don't mention the company you work for, but the idea that your employer can tell you what political opinions you are allowed to express?? That's ridiculous!Speaking of, time for me to stop browsing sugar and get to work!
Food Food 8 years
i think this is a tricky subject. a lot of employers are worried about the way they look in the public light, trade secrets getting out, etc. Personally I think it depends on the kind of job and what you're doing. However I don't think they can say "you can't have a blog." I do think they can (within reason) say "you can't talk about work" and if you're doing it on company time, as much as I think it's bulls- , I can see where the company would have the right to take action.
Food Food 8 years
i think this is a tricky subject. a lot of employers are worried about the way they look in the public light, trade secrets getting out, etc.Personally I think it depends on the kind of job and what you're doing. However I don't think they can say "you can't have a blog." I do think they can (within reason) say "you can't talk about work" and if you're doing it on company time, as much as I think it's bulls- , I can see where the company would have the right to take action.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Agree with Linny. It's the principle of the matter. You can't "express political opinions"?????? That would be the whole point of my blog if I ever had one! :rant:
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
they said that if you associate yourself with cbc in your blog it was a problem: like macgirl said, why should that be okay? when i worked at IKEA you couldn't have a job elsewhere which was design related in any way - conflict of interest, so i think this is sort of similar: sharing insider information about the CBC etc. plus, if this person is a writer for cbc how can it be okay to post about it elsewhere: what are they going to do say that the opinions of their employees don't reflect the CBC, even though they are writers? i just don't see it as a problem.
rubialala rubialala 8 years
:OY: Why don't they just take away freedom of speech? I mean, that's really what they are doing. If they said I couldn't blog on my own time I would be upset.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I fully believe in what you do on your own time is your own business. But in all fairness it did say if it "clearly associates them with CBC/Radio-Canada". If you're a Nurse from West Bay Hospital you can't be a stripper at night and say "it's Sindi the naughty nurse from West Bay Hospital". That's selling something that I'm sure the hospital is not. Does she have the right to be a stripper at night? Totally. It wouldn't be fair to the hospital to associate them with something they don't necessarily stand by. I'm just sayin'
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