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Blogging and Work
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Do you blog? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people across the UK are now bloggers, keeping web diaries of their thoughts, opinions, observations and encounters, and posting pictures, video and links about anything from international relations to the best way to grow tomatoes!
You probably spend more time working than doing anything else, so you may want to blog about work, but first stop and think about the potential repercussions. Blogging about existentialism or football may be harmless, but discussing your boss, your colleagues or any aspect of your work could lose you friends, cost you your job and even land you in court facing a defamation suit.
The lack of understanding and clear guidance from employers means that thousands of people in the UK are potentially putting their livelihoods at risk.
This section of our site can’t offer authoritative legal advice on the situation, due to the lack of legislation and guidance, but we hope some of the principles outlined here provide useful food for thought and help you see where you stand.
For more on your rights to use work IT equipment and electronic surveillance, see our Monitoring at Work section.
We also recommend Work-related Blogs and News, a blog run by Scottish academic James Richards about work and new forms of web-based communications technology.