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Would You Give Up Your Blog for a New Job?

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Assumptions: While I don’t know all of you, I’m guessing that if you are reading this post you are probably a PR / communications professional that most likely is active in social media and may even have your own blog. As such I’m also guessing that you think freedom of speech / personal expression is pretty important, but I’m wondering if you’d give up your blog for a new opportunity.

The hypothetical situation: You’ve been running a personal, but industry focused blog (I’m not talking about a completely personal blog about food, dating and current events) but in discussing new opportunities you’ve been asked if you’d be willing to discontinue your blog.

Reasons a prospective employer not want you to blog may include:  a corporate policy against employees blogging; or the organization may simply not want a ‘celebrity’ blogger associate with the organization; they may want you to blog for thier site under thier rules; or maybe they just don’t agree with your views and opinions.

The opportunity: Now, I’m not talking about an unrealistic / dream opportunity. The the question isn’t would you give up your blog for a gazillion dollars. The scenario is simply a really good, but realistic opportunity.

The irony is that the very blog that you’ve worked so hard on in order to help you raise your profile, improve your network and even secure a new opportunity may be at risk. What would you do? 

Photo by Renjith Krishnan.

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  1. December 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I voted that I wouldn’t give it up. The (hypothetical) reason I’d give is that it has helped me gain respect within the industry. And, frankly, it grabbed said interviewers attention, so how can we make it work to continue to blog.

    If it can’t be worked out, then there are other opportunities.

    Terrific question!

    • December 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

      Thanks for your comment and the kind words. I think you have a good perspective on the situation.

  2. December 17, 2010 at 4:31 am

    The thing is, if the new job wants you bad enough, they want you for who you are. And if who you are is encapsulated and enhanced by your blog, why would they want to emasculate said person (i.e. you)? (I think that was three e-words in that sentence. Is that allowed?)

    And one final point, this is an e-world, is it not? Let’s enjoy!

    • December 18, 2010 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Craig for the eloquent reply (see what I did there with the ‘e’ word). You’re probably right that most people wouldn’t ask a blogger to give up a blog if they want to hire you, but I have a feeling it does happen. Maybe my next poll will as if anyone has ever given up a blog for a new job.

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