It’s always tricky blogging while at work. I have to do it “Gorilla Style” and my strategies end up resembling some Revolutionary in South America: always on the move, ambush at random, retreat into the jungles and move out!
Who am I kidding? If I were part of a Revolution, it would probably look like this:
(I”m the dopey grunt on the right, btw)
Blogging at work is a sure sign of addiction, especially if you do sneaky things like actually write the blog in a Microsoft Outlook Email so it “Looks” like you are hard at work. Then, when the blog is finished, just Copy and Paste quickly before publishing.
Of course there is always the “Minimize” Trick which is making your work homepage Maximized to fill the screen and then Minimize your blog to fit a small corner on the lower right hand side of the screen. The funny thing is, I’m not sure why I’m being all uber sneaky anyway. It’s not like IT doesn’t already KNOW that the wordpress.com http addresses keeps popping up under my login, but no one has pulled me into HR for a heart to heart with the director. I suppose as long as you are not downloading porn in your cubicle, they really don’t care.
Then again, I heard about some poor guy in Accounting who was fired last fall because he checked his Fantasy Football scores Monday morning. Corprate reasoning went something like this: Fantasy Football costs money to join and there is a cash prize for the winner that is greater than the investment. Ergo, Fantasy Football = Gambling and this poor chap was caught Gambling at work. Personally, I think the team leader for Accounts Receivable was once given a massive wedgie in the High School Cafeteria by the Football Team while the Cheerleaders all giggled at him and he’s hated jocks ever since. So, when the opportunity presented itself, all he could see through his bloodshot eyes of rage was the face of that Quarterback.
Poor Paul. I miss you, buddy.
So here I sit, Undercover Blogger that I am. And to think, there are some people out there who actually get paid for this!
But it’s Friday and the Owner is not here. Nor is her husband. Nor are two of the Sales Reps. Nor is ANYONE in Production. It’s pretty much me, and some weird guy who reminds me of Dilbert. Or perhaps that guy from “Office Space” who lost his beloved red stapler. You remember, he was the guy who was laid off during a corporate cut back 5 years ago, but through some glitch in Accounting he kept receiving his checks.
Yeah, that’s him, MILTON!
Now, if I am ever laid off from this position due to corporate cutbacks (or HR being notified that I’ve been blogging on the job) I ran across some inspiration. There is a freelance writer out there who wrote a book called “Canned, How I Lost Ten Jobs In Ten Years And Learned To Love Unemployment.”
After being fired from everything from the overnight shift at a XXX Movie Store, Telemarketer, and File Clerk, Franklin Schncider took the plunge all of us dream about: He wrote a book and is now a casual, part time freelance writer & part time bum. Evidently after his company laid him off, he collected 102 weeks of consecutive unemployment benefits. He was required by law to be actively looking for a new job during this time, which he dutifully fulfilled his obligation by sending out resumes filled with typos, bad fonts and emoticons.
🙂 😉 😦 (.)(.)
(Get your mind out of the gutter! Those are GOOGLY EYES, for cryin’ out loud!)
He wrote a book about his experiences and has been living off of the cash advance and his freelance writing ever since.
Live the dream, Frank. Live the dream!
So tell me, do you find yourself Blogging Undercover? Have you ever had to be sneaky about it, like an addict shoving needles under his mattress?
Please, tell me your secrets!