Tuesday, June 14, 2005

International Webloggers’ Day

For International Webloggers’ Day, I though I’d briefly explore the phenomena of the Anonymous Work Blogger.

Who are these people and why do they blog?

Anonymous Work Bloggers are all around you. The chap sitting in the cubicle next to you at work, the lady in the shop down the street, the nurse you take your child to see, the landlord of your local, the vet who treats your cat and other people you know. They’re regular people that have decided to give the world a view of things that aren’t normally seen due to sanitisation.

Are they afraid of getting caught?

Quite. Anonymous Work Bloggers are only a click of a mouse away from being discovered by their colleague and/or boss, which would probably lead to unpleasant circumstances. Anonymity is the key, but an Anonymous Work Blogger should never be unworried about not being caught.

Is the risk part of the fun?

It is for more than a few Anonymous Work Bloggers. Wanting to defy authority is a trait inherent in human beings, and Anonymous Work Bloggers feel they have the power to do exactly that on the internet. However, once an Anonymous Work Blogger gets too arrogant, they can sabotage themselves and their world can come crashing to the ground.

Should I start an Anonymous Work Blog?

The decision is yours, but be warned of the risk. If your blog is discovered, you might be in violation of your contract and it might be easy for your company to get rid of you. I’m not trying to encourage or discourage you from starting an Anonymous Work Blog, but make sure you consider everything very carefully before making your decision.

Are there any webrings for Anonymous Work Bloggers?

I just happen to know of one called the Anonymous Work Blogs Blogring

Happy Blogging, everyone.