There are a few different ways to “express yourself” during times of frustration.
You can pull a Steven Slater (Jet Blue flight attendant) and pretty much bare all in the moment; you can wait until you’re behind closed doors and vent to your closest friends and family; or, you can take some time to reflect before crafting the perfect blog post…for all the world to see.
The latter happens to be my favorite — in theory. The problem, however, is in the execution of the post.
We bloggers have little voices inside our heads telling us to be careful about every word we publish…there will be consequences. If we get too personal, we could sever relationships; if we give too much insight into our work, we could breach confidentiality agreements; if we give advice on dealing with career and/or boss challenges, it may appear we’re venting about our own situations; if we delve too far into our political/religious views, we could alienate certain audiences.
But isn’t blogging supposed to be about complete transparency? Unfiltered conversation? How can we produce genuine content when we’re worried about the consequences?
Are we all self-inflicting victims of censorship?
I recently came across a blog called The Spotted Fish that made me look at censorship in a whole new way. This blogger compared her current boss to a Dementor. If you know anything about Harry Potter, you know that these soul-sucking creatures are anything but pleasant… “Younger than me, and with little experience, she is the definition of a micromanager…She does not seem capable of kindness, empathy or warmth.”
I read a few posts back and learned that this blogger has a strong desire to quit her job (can you blame her??).
So who is this brave (and highly entertaining) blogger? A 30-something named someone from somewhere. That’s right, folks. She’s an anonymous blogger.
My PR colleagues and I have discussed how fun it would be to contribute posts to an anonymous blog. Still, our writing could never be completely uncensored. We’d have to leave out (or change) names of agencies, clients, reporters, coworkers, etc. We’d have to be careful not to promote our own writing, for fear of the posts being linked back to us.
I would imagine this blogger faces the same challenges.
So what do you think? Can uncensored blogs ever really exist? How uncensored are anonymous blogs? And although there is definitely a liberating aspect to them, are they worth the risk of “getting caught”?