On sparse details and wrestling

Lori just whined about my first day of work being awfully short on details. It’s funny because I am in the midst of wrestling with this whole “professional blogger” or “corporate blogger” thing and what it means for I Will Dare.

It’s an internal battle. The company I work for is so cool that I could openly mention the company name and link to web sites (and coworkers’ web sites) and that would be okay. But I am struggling with the paradigm shift in my life. For most of my work-life I’ve kept I Will Dare under wraps. Or, rather, I had a don’t ask, don’t tell policy. It seems to work so well for the military, I adopted it as a personal mantra.

It wasn’t out of shame or a false-sense of privacy, but more out of just not wanting to deal with it. Sometimes I just don’t want to explain. You know?

But the don’t ask, don’t tell policy is much easier to maintain when you are Captain Copywriter. It just seems sort of odd as Brigadier Blogger, don’t you think?

What do I do? What do I want to do? I don’t even know. It seems to boil down to the question of how comfortable am I being really, truly me both online and at work. And don’t get all uppity because everyone is different at work compared to how they are at home. The Internet is my home.

I don’t want what I do in the corporate sphere to have a chilling effect on the writing I do here. That’s really my biggest concern. But then I need to remind myself that what they saw here, well, it’s the whole reason I have the job. Soon I am going to have to have a conversation with my boss (who is entirely too cool to be called something lame like boss and needs a nickname) about how “out” I’ll be. And I’ll have that conversation as soon as I decide how I want it to go. Though we did have a really great conversation today about RSS feeds and comment moderation.

So, this is a really long explanation about why the details have been sparse. I will, however, tell you that I did threaten my temporary cubemate (he will be moving soon and I will get a new mate) with a scathing four-part blog expose uncovering his nefarious activities. I can tell he’s afraid.

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  1. Doug 12.Nov.08 at 1:31 am

    I’m pretty low on the blog hierarchy, but I will offer this thought: I keep my blog and my job separate. I haven’t told anyone at work about the blog, and the blog never mentions where I work.

    This allows me to discuss whatever I want on the site without having to be concerned about someone giving me shit about it the next day when I’m trying to pay the bills.

    Of course, I don’t get the impression that my work environment is quite like yours, so none of this has any relevance to anyone’s situation other than my own. My source of income does not pay me specifically to write (not that writing is not involved), and that’s pretty much why I have any creativity left at the end of the day. However, I imagine that won’t be a problem for you.

    At least I certainly hope not.

    But hey, congrats on the job, and bravo for getting paid for this sort of thing.

  2. Jodi 12.Nov.08 at 10:38 am

    Doug, that’s totally how I was at my previous place of employment. Hence the don’t ask, don’t tell. I didn’t tell, they never asked. It was all good.

    But now, I’m a Blogger, that’s my actual job title. And I put I Will Dare (along with MN Reads and PW.net on my resume — my coworkers already know about this place. So why shouldn’t think place know about that place? Does that make any sense?

  3. Lori 12.Nov.08 at 7:50 pm

    I take exception with the verb in the first sentence of this post. But I totally get your dilemma and don’t have a good solution. And now I will retreat to my previous, non-commenting self. Good night.

  4. Jodi 12.Nov.08 at 7:50 pm

    Come on! I was totally teasing.

  5. Placemat 12.Nov.08 at 8:02 pm

    Fuck it. Brigadier Blogger throws caution to the wind & leads from the front not the rear.

    & I like that on the 1st day you’re already threatening coworkers. Cool beans. 😉

  6. UH 12.Nov.08 at 9:07 pm

    You can tell his afraid what?

    (Is there an opening for a grammar/spelling Nazi? ’cause I would totally be up for that.)

  7. Ryan 14.Nov.08 at 8:46 am

    Hey, I am _not_ afraid. So far you’ve only found the clues I’ve planted.

    Oh, and we already have a few unofficial grammar/spelling nazi’s on staff. But stay tuned, perhaps our new blogger will be both prolific and error-prone, in which case it could become a full-time position!

  8. Thomas 17.Nov.08 at 4:28 pm

    I have been necessarily lurking, but 1) Grats on the blog job and 2) Your Warden (boss) wants you for your creativity. Come out of the closet and embrace your snarkiness.


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