First off, thanks for all the commiseration and kind wishes I’ve received from everyone, whether it be via e-mail, blog/LiveJournal/Facebook comments, or Twitter. E-support is definitely still support, and it’s nice to have so much!
I suppose I should take a moment to expand a bit on today’s happenings, though there’s really not a whole lot more to say than what I tweeted earlier: the company needs to cut back, and as I was a temp employee, I was easily expendable.
The headmaster of a technical school in Lozere, France, has been dismissed after discovery of his anonymously-written weblog, which was deemed obscene and pornographic. Apparently he was discovered when he posted his photo in a recent entry.
Everyone’s favorite geeky office shlub takes a look at job-related weblogging today.
Romm pointed out a mention of me in a commentary piece on TechNewsWorld that was published a couple of weeks ago. It’s a nice mention, too, as in addition to the standard ‘another fired blogger’ mention, the author also follows up with my reaction to the incident, and contrasts it to Ellen ‘Queen of Sky’ Simonetti’s Bloggers’ Bill of Rights campaign.
I just got done with a lunchtime phone interview with a reporter for the AP. There’s no telling where it might show up, but there’s at least a chance that my name will start popping up again over the next day or so in the midst of another story about blogging and jobs.
My Uncle Doug pointed this one out to me: Blogging is all fun and games, until the boss finds out. The article doesn’t cover any new ground, and I just get a single-sentence mention, but it’s another one for the list.
About two weeks ago, I spent some time being interviewed by Amy Joyce of the Washington Post about my expulsion from the Microsoft campus for an article she was working on about the potential pitfalls of blogging about one’s job. The article went live today: Free Expression Can Be Costly When Bloggers Bad-Mouth Jobs.
Another one bites the dust, as they say — this time Mark Jen, formerly of Google. TDavid has a good wrapup of information on this latest ‘blogger gets fired’ story.
With the news of another weblogger losing his job because of posts on his weblog the issues of what webloggers can and cannot expect to be able to post on their weblogs has started bubbling ’round the blogosphere again. Now there’s a proposed Bloggers’ Bill of Rights — but how useful is it? And which companies should really be singled out?