Jeff makes an interesting point regarding writing a weblog anonymously or not. It’s something I’ve been struggling with as the new year approaches and I look at the prospect of a job search. Is the fact that you can easily find my weblog by searching by my name a good thing or not a good thing? Are there potential employers out there who will not hire me because of the weblog? Possibly, but this site also gives them a chance to see what I know, how I handle a problem, and what sorts of things I deal with on a day-to-day basis on a far wider scale then they would get in the standard 5 minute interview answer about the same thing. That may be a good or a bad thing, I suppose. 🙂
Bottom line is, I want my next job to be a good fit with where I want to be, and where I want to go. That’s best served by letting the potential employer know as much about my work as possible. I fully expect to list the work I do with this website and the child abuse site on my resume because it’s work I’ve done. Work that I’m proud of and work that I’ve done on my own, to sharpen my own skills. That should say something about the person you’d be getting as an employee. On the other hand if the fact that I write a weblog makes you not want to hire me, you’re probably not a place I wanted to work in the first place.
BTW, I completely agree with Jeff, I enjoy weblogs much more when I have some idea of the person behind them and that person is willing to put his name behind his work. It’s something to think about.
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