3/30/2006

 

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

There are things that go on behind the scenes every day that I'm dying to tell everyone about, but for various reasons, I can't. What you read here is maybe half of what actually transpires on any given day. Sometimes less.

Usually the reason I can't spill the beans is because doing so would violate some level of confidentiality, either implicit or explicit. For example, astute readers will notice that I keep names out of the blog as often as I can, with the exception of my immediate family and public figures. Also, there are several projects I'm working on that require tight lips until they're complete. I'll also keep my little mouth shut because I don't want to screw up interviews; I don't divulge the companies involved because that might adversely impact my chances of getting hired*. Sometimes keeping quiet avoids or reduces conflict, legal or otherwise. And sometimes, as we say in the South, dear readers: " 'tain't none a' yer business**!"

It's actually a feat for me to even be putting my thoughts out here like this, becuase the people that know me will invariably describe me as a very private person. But I'm told from many quarters that my doing so is actually helping, so I'll keep on keepin' on.

There have been many that have suggested I write a book when this is all over. Not a bad idea. Maybe even by then I'll be able to divulge some of what went on backstage at the time. Those are stories that need to be told.


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*More and more companies are actively monitoring bloggers and their blogs. Several high-profile firings have occurred as a result of some bloggers venting everything negative about their jobs/bosses/companies. Other companies, in their background checks, Google candidates' names to see what pops up. I know for a fact mine gets several hits now, so I have to watch my p's and q's.

**There are bloggers that put their sex lives out there for the world to see, among more personal matters. I'm no prude, but I ain't a porn star either. I like...er, intimate relations just that: intimate.

Comments:
Bro, you re funny! Your name is Michael Brown, hmmm there s not been another Mike Brown in the past who could possibly be a bigger screw up right? Are you the guy that ran FEMA they must ask you in the interviews right? You look a little like him! HA!
 
you've got me so intrigued about these behind the scenes goings-on...you must write a book.
 
Yes, generally speaking many companies DO keep an eye out as to what is being said about them in the blogosphere - GOOD AND BAD - and sometimes with the honest intent of attempting to improve products.

The main guidelines to generally keep in mind is that what you post be accurate, verifiable, and something of some IMPORT. For instance if you become privy to some piece of information about plans of company that are going to have a really severe negative environmental impact or are deliberately exploitive of consumers I would say you almost have an OBLIGATION to distribute that information in some way.

On the other hand if all you have, say, is some sort of info, say, about what COLOR the next Mac laptop is going to be - eh - in a hundred years who's going to care?
 
Axinar said...
"For instance if you become privy to some piece of information about plans of company that are going to have a really severe negative environmental impact or are deliberately exploitive of consumers I would say you almost have an OBLIGATION to distribute that information in some way."

I'm naive, but wouldn't this be considered "inside trading", which I thought was against the law (Martha Stwewart....)
 
martha got bagged not because she did IT, but because she lied about it to federal prosecut.
 
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