Recently, it has come to my attention that a fellow library blogger has been fired for his journal entries. This particular blogger was operating far too out in the open to be writing the stuff he was writing and was cited by one of the most respected professional library bloggers on her blog to illustrate a point. Sadly, this post was read by the man’s boss and he was summarily fired for speaking his mind.
This is a cautionary tale for both professional bloggers, and those bloggers who simply journal to vent their frustrations about their jobs. If you blog to vent, it’s a good idea to try to remain as anonymous as possible to circumvent such events. Keep in mind the Internet is a public forum. If you blog professionally, you have a responsibility to think through what consequences your actions may have for those you blog about. Obviously, neither one of these individuals wanted this outcome, but it happened. I hope that we can all learn something from this.