Blogging and Work, Lamont Forum Room, 11/14/2005j
Blogging and Work
Lamont Forum Room
Monday, November 14, 2005
Raise your hand if:
[Of an audience of about 55]
- You blog [5 hands]
- You blog about work [same hands]
- You work with someone who blogs [a few different hands]
- A coworker blogs about work [very few hands]
- You read a coworker’s blog [1 or 2 hands?]
- You hope no one you work with reads your blog [2 hands]
Is it bad to have coworkers who blog?
Is it good to have coworkers who blog?
Does it matter?
Blogging can be bad when
- Someone reveals secrets publicly
- Library users feel like if they use the library, they’re going to end up on a blog
- It lowers morale
- It causes problems in the workplace
- It harms the institution
Blogging can be good when
- It becomes a positive marketing tool for the organization
- It establishes someone’s credentials
- It creates community among coworkers
- Other coworkers find it valuable
- It has nothing to do with the job
What to do about workers who blog?
- Talk about it
- Try not to be paranoid
- Create a policy, if desired
Blogging and Job Seekers
- Hiring decisions
- ‘No blog’ policies
- Revealing information not asked in a job interview
Separating a Blog from a Job
- Tricky at Harvard because Harvard carries weight
- Choose topics and subjects wisely
- Don’t be afraid to talk about issues with coworkers or managers
Personal Blog in a Professional World
- Some people can’t separate the two
- Multiple blogs
- Don’t write anything you wouldn’t want your manager to read
- Even anonymous blogs aren’t completely safe
- If you have doubts, don’t blog it
Blogging at Harvard
- Former Berkman Fellow Dave Winer
- Among the leading universities in campus-wide blogging initiatives
Who can blog?
- Most Harvard affiliates
- Students, faculty, staff, alumni
- Must have Harvard-based e-mail address
Why Blog on Harvard’s Server?
- It’s free.
- It’s easy.
- Hosted: harvard.edu domain
- Manila is more robust than most other free software.
- Switch to WordPress
- Support resources
Why not to Blog on Harvard’s Server
- Hosted: harvard.edu domain
- Can be harder to separate personal life from work life
- Manila or WordPress might not be the right platform for you.
- What happens if you leave Harvard?
- Thursday evening weblog writers group at the Berkman Center
- Yahoo! Group:
Tour of Harvard-hosted Weblogs
- Garrett Eastman’s Rowland Institute Library Blog: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/rihlib/
- j’s scratchpad: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jkbaumga/
- The playful antiquarian: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/thinking/
More Harvard-hosted Blogs
- JD admissions: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/admissions/
- LLM classes: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/llm2004/
- Biology 95hfi: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/sextutorial…
Still More Harvard-hosted Blogs
- A Copyfighter’s Musings: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/cmusings/
- The Longest Now: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/sj/
- The Dowbrigade: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/dowbrigade/
- Directory: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/directory/3…