When I first saw the letter yesterday about the company's [non-negotiable] "prohibition" against any outside journalistic endeavors, including blogs, websites, user groups and forums, I was (1) shocked at the scope of it and (2) really pissed off that it wasn't mentioned during ANY of my interviews. (Because I can guarantee that had it been mentioned, I would have stopped the process right there).
Why would I give up what seemed to be a good job (on paper at least) because of my blog and some policy?
I'll tell you why.
Because this blog is ME.
It's who I am.
It's what I do.
And I don't need permission to do this.
This blog is about my life and all the crazy that comes along with it. This blog is seven years worth of hard work and tears and frustration and celebration. It's years of wondering if anyone was actually reading what I wrote and jumping for joy when more than one comment appears on a post. It's years of frustration when writer's block steals my posts and celebration when I actually complete an entire month of posting.
I have worked too hard to build up this blog from something only my parents read to what it is today - a little blog that is slowly growing up and finding a place in the big, bad blogosphere. I might not be the biggest blog on the block, but I've had some really great opportunities come my way because of what I write here. I have worked (and am still working) with some amazing companies because of this blog.
And while it may seem silly to some of you, I am not going to ask permission to continue doing what I have every right to do - be a blogger.
I have always known that I love to blog...it's what makes me happy. But over the last 24 hours I realized just how much I love it. And how much this little 'ol blog means to me. And I'll be damned if anyone is going to tell me what I can or cannot do here.
That is non-negotiable.