The key to successful blogging on Wednesdays…

By , February 13, 2013 7:36 am

… is having my post ready to go in the morning.

Because Wednesday is the day I am usually in the office (not working from home) each week. And who knows what post ideas I will come up with if I wait to write until I start my working day. So far, I have been inspired to write about:

  • my irrational annoyance when I go to use the microwave and someone just started using it
  • how silly I think it is that we no longer have paper towels and paperware dishes in the kitchen
  • how every Ash Wednesday I am reminded that you should really, really, THINK before you speak, but that I cannot share the story why
  • my continuing frustration with being made to do things with which I don’t agree
  • how I feel like I cannot be honest with my job frustrations around certain people because they will judge me for not having a traditional “architecture” profession, instead of just realizing it’s normal job frustrations

Let’s look on the bright side. They now carry my favorite pens at work! I shouldn’t have to bring them from home anymore!

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My job is actually really great. I just need to vent sometimes.

Do you try to avoid writing about work “stuff” on your blog? Are there things you want to blog about (work-related or not), but can’t?!

What blogger can answer no to that last question? Hee hee.

52 Responses to “The key to successful blogging on Wednesdays…”

  1. Those are my favorite pens too!

    It’s definitely a fine line on writing about work-related stuff online. I have instead gone “MIA” during periods of major turmoil at work. Thankfully, that (my reaction to hte turmoil) is under control and I now blog regardless! :)

    • kilax says:

      That is great you got it under control! When work is really stressful for me, blogging about something else and seeing fun comments come in throughout the day is a nice treat (distraction!). :)

  2. Yep! Work is definitely one of the things that I don’t really blog about. I bet people really don’t even know what I do! Which is kind of the way I like it or at least need it to be.

    Oh, and total side note, I get peeved that my work doesn’t carry my favorite pens! I hate bringing them from home, especially if one goes missing. Okay. Thanks for letting me vent a little ;)

    • kilax says:

      Vent away!

      I had a stash of pens too. Whenever someone would come over and accidentally start to walk away with one, I would feel like such a biznatch being all “THAT’S MY PEN!!!”

  3. Felicia says:

    Even when I get back to personal blogging (next few weeks), I can’t blog about work. It actually came out in our policies about work place etiquette. I guess the joys of working in the technology field is that most of us are online.

    • kilax says:

      It appears I didn’t even have your blog in my reader! :( Is that the same place you plan to start blogging more personally again? :)

  4. J says:

    Yeah I am trying to write a post right now, not working out well. I have way too many different thoughts and none are long enough or interesting enough for a post.

  5. Kim says:

    I love that pic of you. You’re so pretty!

  6. I try not to blog about work stuff just in case one of my co-workers or something finds the post. I also don’t blog too much about my family just to try and keep things easier. That is the funny thing about blogs. You reveal so much about yourself while also keeping many things to yourself.

  7. Courtney says:

    Hey, at least there is one bright spot about going to work- they have your favorite pens!! :) I just had to tell you- I love that pic of you- you look GREAT!!!
    =^..^=

  8. I’d love to share stories from work (especially about clients!), but definitely never will. :)

  9. abbi says:

    Yep, I definitely try to keep it away from all forms of social media as well. A fine line!

  10. Xaarlin says:

    You look great!

    I don’t write about work on the blog because I think some of my coworkers have googled me and found it. I however vent occasionally on twitter. But I’m lucky to work in a place with good people. My main work complaints are our IT dept and computer systems. …

    • kilax says:

      Thank you! :)

      I should IT to my work thankful list – our IT guys rock. I mean, I have issues, but it’s not their fault, then they fix it :)

  11. I definitely would stay away from the work stuff. Mostly because my blog is quite easily searchable and when I was looking for a new job, I didn’t want new employers to find it and go “wow, she really likes to trash talk her employer…” No bueno.

  12. Anne says:

    Oh, so your job doesn’t make you want to stab yourself in the eye with your favorite pen? Well, that makes one of us.

    I’m really curious to hear your Ash Wednesday story now! My worst Ash Wednesday story involves me washing my ashes off with beer at a bar. Because I’m an awesome Irish Catholic.

  13. So true! I have to be at work early on every other Wednesday and I rarely get a post up because I just don’t have time to write on in the AM and I always forget to pre-write one. Oops!

    I try not to write about work on my blog. Not for any real reason besides that I like to keep them separate.

    Love your necklace, it’s so pretty!

    • kilax says:

      That is why I sometimes do Wordless Wednesday! No pic today though!

      Thanks! :) Erin found it at a jewelry show we were both at and I had to get one too :)

  14. Kandi says:

    I have that same annoyance regarind the microwave.
    I’m giggling at just the thought of what you said that has to do with Ash Wednesday…
    My work has been frustrating this week because I’m doing something I don’t think should be part of my job!!!
    I never write about work stuff on my blog except maybe to mention that I’ve gotten an award or something benign like that. Also, I love G-2 pens too but my work doesn’t supply them. :( I also write more sloppily with them but I don’t care!
    Also, your hair looks awesome today!

    • kilax says:

      Yeah, that is sometimes an issue too… I want to help and contribute but am annoyed when I have to do something way outside of my job without any thanks. I think it’s the huge thing – recognition.

      Thanks :)

  15. kelsey says:

    UM another plus is how FAB you look today! Your hair looks fab and I love your necklace!!

    xoxoxoxo!

  16. Pete B says:

    Does the Ash Wednesday story involve the word “forehead?” :-)

  17. Valerie says:

    I try to avoid posting work stuff, and there are definitely things I want to vent about…but I feel like my coworkers might find out about my blog eventually and see it. Insert foot in mouth :-)

    Your outfit looks amazing by the way!
    Valerie
    http://www.the-style-files.com

  18. the thumbnail of your post in my dashboard made it look like you were using an eyelash curler. i thought there was going to be an eyelash curler wednesday connection…then i realized it was a pen. DERP.

    really like your hair when it’s down, why don’t you wear it like that more often???

    and that community microwave has got to be the worst part about any job. the micro at my work is kind of like the episode of “the office” where someone let something explode and doesn’t clean it up. it’s pretty nasty.

    • kilax says:

      LOL!!! Sorry to disappoint!

      Thanks! I hate having my hair in my face, so I usually pull it up ;)

      YES! Why don’t people clean it when it just happens? That is when it’s still easy to clean up the mess before it gets stuck!

  19. Maggie says:

    I do not consider my blog (or Twitter or Facebook or anything) to be “anonymous” or “secret” and assume that anyone could find it – family, friends, boss, co-workers, etc. So I only post things that I would be comfortable with any of them seeing.

    Considering I was recently interviewing someone (for the position that reports to me) and she ended the interview saying “I follow you on Twitter” only further cements this self-imposed filter. (I hired her by the way.)

  20. Heather says:

    I LOVE Pilot pens!! I’m definitely careful what I write about regarding my job. Especially on Twitter, FB, and my blog – it’s my opinion that there are certain things that shouldn’t be put on social media.

  21. First of all, I totally understand the pen excitement. I nearly had a heart attack last week when someone stole my favorite pen off my desk and left it in the file room. We won’t talk about how long I spent looking for it.

    Second, I do try to avoid work stuff on my blog. Mainly because I don’t want to accidentally make it obvious where I work and wind up with crazy stalkers.

  22. gingerfoxxx says:

    I try to keep work off the blog. Not that anyone reads it, or would care (other than hilarious things like the time i dropped my lunch into the garbage) but i guess out of respect for the confidential nature of what i do, i just keep it off the blog

  23. Stephany says:

    I was blogging about work, in vague terms, and then venting my frustrations sometimes on Twitter but I’ve just completely taken work off my blog/social media feed. You just never know who can find you and it’s just better etiquette to keep quiet about work drama, IMO.

    And that is what venting emails are for! Ha.

  24. Beth says:

    Ooh, gel pens are really fun to write with. As I am currently unemployed, I don’t really have any work things to complain about, but back when I was in grad school I tried not to complain too much about things. I try to keep my professional life separate from my private life (which is why I try not to use my last name; don’t want things popping up in Google) and I don’t want to get myself in hot water for venting things out i the open, so generally vented to my coworkers and my fiance.

  25. diane says:

    Well, obvs I don’t have a blog anymore, but I am cautious on Facebook. I complain, but generally in vague terms and only to my “friends” group (as opposed to work and parents/family). I try to just complain about things like long days and general human stupidity, so that’s it universal work rants and not specific to my job/company.

  26. Erica A says:

    I steer clear of writing about work — I try to be more positive and optimistic on my blog than I feel at work. When I have cool health and wellness stuff I learn at work I do share it. I am cautious on FB too – too easy to search and heck as my husband reminds me, no one wants to hear it! I try to be constructive like here: http://ericafinds.com/2012/07/friday-finds-stress-busters-links-i-like-everything-happy-other-deals/ or here http://ericafinds.com/2012/08/my-psgl-post-stress-gratitude-list-links-i-like-a-few-good-deals/

  27. We have those pens at work, too … blue is my favorite! =) I don’t ever write about work. Truth is, my job isn’t blog-worthy. But the bigger truth is I write as if everyone is reading … and if my bosses ever come across my blog (and maybe they already have?), then I want them to be OK with the fact I’m not snickering about them behind their backs.

  28. I might share things about my new job when the job ends. LOL. must.win.lotto!

  29. You are looking extra cute today! Whatever bothers you about your job, just find satisfaction that you are probably looking the cutest in the whole office.

  30. Erin says:

    Hahaha, you probably know my feelings on blogging openly about work since I’ve seen first-hand what can happen when you do that. I don’t mind mentioning what I do or if I have a meeting but I try not to name my employer (although, if you google me you can figure it out) and I don’t name my coworkers at all. Sounds like most people are on the same page about that!

  31. Mica says:

    I try not to blog anything that would get me in trouble with the university, which definitely means no blogging about students. I hope that I’m doing a good job of being interesting but professional enough not to lose jobs over it. I guess I wouldn’t want to work somewhere that made me censor my blog heavily or cut out all pictures.

    Also, microwave thing is SOOOOO ANNOYING. I also hate when people leave gross food in the fridge for days.

  32. Love you hair down!

    And I’ve been trying to write more about my work life lately because I feel like it’s a huge gap I leave in being “real” on my blog. :)

  33. martymankins says:

    Bringing pens from home to work??? that’s reverse office supply pilfering. LOL

    Work talk on my blog… I try to minimize it, since I tend to not be all positive about my job and I don’t want to turn into a whiner about my work.

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