Earlier this week I was doing a little happy dance because I had been offered a job. A really good job that was doing something I love - writing - and working from home (added bonus) and was full time.
I even told my current job that I was leaving.
UPS delivered my "welcome packet" yesterday for the new job.
And I read a document that stopped me in my tracks.
This company has a policy "prohibiting [my] engagement in outside journalism, editing, writing, and publishing activities...including but not limited to books, magazines, newsletters, websites, blogs, user groups and forums, whether paid or unpaid..."
Hold. The. Phone.
I can't blog anymore if I sign this piece of paper.
Yeah. You read that right. For the duration of my employment with the company I would be prohibited from blogging, online forums, managing blogs, etc., UNLESS they give me permission to do so.
Yes. I said permission. I would have to ask their permission to get their OK to continue my blog after they review it.
I have a real issue with this. I have worked so hard and so long on this blog and to now be faced with the reality that if I take this job they could tell me I can't blog anymore...I just can't even wrap my head around it.