Friday, April 30, 2010

Personal v Professional Life

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I read about a blogger who was recently fired from her job for blogging about her personal life. Not her work life, not her boss, or any company secrets....just blogging about a subject that she enjoys. It's a blog that I, and many others have found interesting, educational, and even at times downright titillating. But as she found out, the internet is hardly a place for anonymity.

That makes me wonder about what might happen should my blog ever be linked to me. I have the advantage of having a geek for a boyfriend, which helps me cover my tracks a bit. But the danger of someday being found out for my kink is a real one. It's a risk that I really hadn't thought overmuch about until today. Until I read the note by The Beautiful Kind.

We can all have sympathy for TBK and the fact that there are people out there that we deal with that still find all things to do with sex or kink to be freakish. So much so, that they'd fire a valuable employee for expressing her thoughts on a personal blog. But it was a wake up call for everyone who blogs. And for me, it's a motivation to continue.

While I can't imagine being put in the position of what this person did to TBK, so much so that she felt like she had to apologize for having a life she loved in addition to a job, I can imagine a day when perhaps my granddaughter won't be fired from a job she loves for the same kind of thing. I don't have illusions that my blog is read by a great many people, but I do have an illusion that should someone find out about me, that they'll remember that I'm more than my kinks.

And that I have a more understanding boss than TBK did.


Lada said...

Oddly I just had a conversation with Master about how careful I am in what I say online.
I really hope things change but I too don't have much hope that they will change quickly.
I'm glad you found this motivating. I tend to find most things as reasons to be more and more quiet. I'm so glad most people aren't like me. :)

Tremolo said...

It's going to get much worse before it gets better, but I believe it will eventually get better.