October 30, 2003 in Blogs

Blogging About Work

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One of my readers sent me a link to a story about Michael Hanscom who worked at Microsoft and got fired for posting a picture of Apple computers being unloaded at a Microsoft loading dock. Personally, I think this just sucks. Granted he did sign a non-disclosure agreement, but it’s not like he gave away classified secrets. Everyone knows that Microsoft is one of the largest developers for Mac software, so they are bound to own Apple computers. However this situation is one of the reasons, why I refrain from naming my current employer in my blog. More importantly, while I allude to how stressful things are within the organization, I don’t explain in detail my current frustrations. It would be nice to exercise my right to free speech, but I know it’s not a good idea as someone from a competitor could be reading and I could unintentionally pass on information that would jeopardize my firm. That is not something I want to do. Plus I don’t want to provide a false impression of my company. After all, I would only be giving my point of view. Management would tell a different story. Also, from talking to my friends who have positions at various levels within their organizations, I know that the grass isn’t greener elsewhere. With the current economic climate, Corporate America is just a difficult place to work in right now. So it’s all about survival in this mad jungle.


  1. November 11, 2003 at 1:44 am


    Great comments guys. Peter FDA

  2. November 3, 2003 at 4:36 pm


    Personally, I think he was canned FOR naming the company and exact department he worked in.
    If he had just posted the photo but did not name the company, I don’t think anything would have happened.
    That’s one of the first rules of blogging, NEVER mention the company you work for by name.

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