It’s not a new story, but one that seems to jar its way into the news almost everyday.
> Blogger has full-time, non-blogging job.
> Blogger writes something on his or her own time.
> Employer finds out about employee blog.
The latest such case is that of Illinois alderman Arden Joe Plocher. Disappointed that a local pub canceled a band scheduled to perform at his birthday party, the 26-year-old took his rant to MySpace, insinuating that the bar would be f’n “blackballed in this town.”
The comment was left on the band’s MySpace page on the alderman’s own time. Next thing you know, an anonymous letter is sent to City Hall requesting Plocher’s resignation.
What do you think? As a public official, did Plocher cross the line by threatening an establishment’s livelihood?
It can’t be said enough: Blog freely, but blog with caution.