In February 2010, I was delighted to be asked to guest blog on the Guardian Careers website.
I explained the benefits of being an anonymous blogger and being able to “tell it like it is in a world where corporate identities are protected by PR, marketing and corporate spin”. I looked at other workplace bloggers successfully doing the same thing; Dr Crippen recording NHS truths in the Guardian, Banquo in the Financial Times and the plethora of workplace bloggers listed at workblogging.blogspot.com.
I concluded my guest blog with the following:
‘Companies should reap the benefit of these candid, ground-level observations. Taking a long, hard look in the mirror isn’t easy, but it is a quick method of improvement and these blogs offer a free and realistic reflection of a huge range of firms. What you do with the information is up to you.
‘Think of it this way. If you found out one of your colleagues was an anonymous blogger – would your corporate conscience be clear?’
Clear conscience or not, if you inadvertently overstep the mark the consequences of anonymously blogging can be dire.
What do I do now? Sadly, I have to suspend the blog with immediate effect.
Thanks to everyone who has helped along the way! I’m completely choked at the moment, but that’s understandable I suppose when you’re standing downwind of your burning bridges.
I’ll close on one of my favourite quotes:
One man can make a difference, and every man should try. (John F. Kennedy)
I wanted to make a difference. My effort may have been 90% courage and 10% stupidity. I own that. I also accept I have a big price to pay for the 10% stupid.
I still tried.