Friday, February 11, 2005

Blog At Your Own Risk

From the WaPo:

Under the pseudonym of Sarcastic Journalist, Rachel Mosteller wrote this entry on her personal Web log one day last April:

“I really hate my place of employment. Seriously. Okay, first off. They have these stupid little awards that are supposed to boost company morale. So you go and do something ‘spectacular’ (most likely, you’re doing your JOB) and then someone says ‘Why golly, that was spectacular.’ then they sign your name on some paper, they bring you chocolate and some balloons.

“Okay two people in the newsroom just got it. FOR DOING THEIR JOB.”

This post, like all entries in Mosteller’s online diary, did not name her company or the writer. It did not name co-workers or bosses. It did not say where the company was based. But apparently, Mosteller’s supervisors and co-workers at the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun were well aware of her Web log.

The day after that posting, she was fired.

For what it’s worth, I really like my boss, I really like my co-workers, and I really believe in the job I’m doing and the mission we’re on. And I’m not just saying that.