It’s not news that blogging and work can be a dangerous combination. That said, every so often a cheeky reminder on the importance of smart blogging is a good thing.
Last June Accordion Guy posted to his blog looking for Toronto movers. Seems one of the comments was pretty critical of Quick Boys:
“Held her stuff hostage at this end until we paid for the full move. Damaged a substantial percentage of the furniture with scratches, etc. “Forgot” to unload two boxes of crystalware and took three weeks to deliver it to us. The movers were surly, unpleasant, and stank of body odour.”
And as BLOG can stand for Better Listing On Google, it didn’t take long for this trashy comment to become the #1 search result for ‘Quick Boys Movers,’ above the company’s website. This Accordion Guy post relates his telephone call with the movers.
Blog posts have a habit of unexpectedly spinning out of control, that’s part of what makes the blogging so fun. But there is potential danger when those posts are about co-workers or clients. With 900,000 new blogs created every day, there’s a whole lot more potential for people to be fired for things they never thought they could be fired for.
The best advice on blogging at work is at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It’s a refreshing read regardless of whether you’re a new or long-time blogger.