There was no power at the office this morning because a transformer blew. Or, maybe, its dilithium crystals suffered a tachyon inversion. Or, whatever. As several of us gathered at the Starbucks #2 across the street to enjoy our liquid breakfasts, the subject of personal web sites (and their subjects) came up.
Long story shortened, one of my coworkers was taken aback by some silliness I wrote during NNWM last month. What I thought was a funny take on marketing self-delusions I’ve seen (elsewhere) was, perhaps, too clever for my own good. The colleague now apparently thinks I’m some kind of standard deviant.
So, nearly two years after I last pondered the question, I’m wondering about the cost/benefit of continued public blogging. On the one hand, the immensely talented and hilarious Ben took his blog private last year. Many of my blog friends use pseudonyms not obviously tied to their real personas. Susan, John and Hans are exceptions.
On the other hand, I’ve been blogging for >4 years, about various and sundry topics. Some are useful. Others, not so much (though hopefully amusing). When I’ve mentioned a few work related things, I’ve avoid anything that could be construed negatively. Really, trade shows and forms happen everywhere. (Oh, the stories from IBM…) Heck, during my interviewing two years ago, this was a great ice-breaker. I’ve also met a few great people I’d otherwise not.
I have my one-on-one scheduled Thursday during which I can inquire whether this is even a concern beyond this one person.