When I first started work, I was very secretive about having a blog. I had to introduce myself to a crowd of 120 and in my slide and speech, there was never a mention of the more fun-filled extracurricular activities or part-time jobs that I’d done e.g. singing, cheerleading and most recently back then, modeling. I saw the Bank as a serious place and I, one of the few newbies, was afraid of not being taken seriously. In fear of being judged, I even blocked some of my colleagues from seeing most of the things I post from Facebook.
But they were bound to find out sooner or later.
“Don’t tell anyone else!!!” I warned Amanda once upon a time, in a restroom, when she first told me that she’d seen my blog. I successfully scared her and we weren’t really friends until a few months later.
Then on another floor and from a distance, I saw someone else reading my blog.
Slowly, I got comfortable with my colleagues, stopped caring about what my they would think of me and unblocked them from seeing my posts on Facebook. Any of them can read it — the blog’s a public domain, duh.
Fast forward to a year.
We had a restructuring of the organization chart. My new manager introduced himself to the team and in the process, made a reference to my blog. He also knew that I’ve been to Japan a few times. I thought, “WTF this takes it to another level!” I still cared what the managers would think of me.
Then I got over it. Same rule applies, any of the managers could have seen it. Rephrase. ANYONE can see it. Even Chris Hemsworth, if he ever accidentally googles my name.
While we were having dinner a few months ago, a colleague was joking and mentioned this blog. Curious, I had to ask my former manager, who was sitting across the table:
“Do you know that I have a blog?”
“Someone told me.”
Then, my former senior turned analyst for a foreign asset management firm told us the story:
“Actually before you came in, Pengarah told a few of us that a few people would be joining the department. She mentioned that one of them is a blogger and can write well.”
If my memory serves me right, he was also saying how a few of my seniors received an email with our names. They then searched it up and it landed on… my blog.
Ceh. After all that attempt at being secretive, at the beginning.
Although I doubt the credibility of the analyst’s story, this serves as a reminder — when your blog’s made public, just keep in mind that anybody can read it. HR’s often responsible for checking the activities of potential talents for employers through social media, usually Facebook and Twitter, but don’t rule out the possibility that they might, too, be checking on your blog.