How to Blog Without Getting Fired

Electronic Frontier Foundation just released two papers that explore legalities of blogging -- and which could help some bloggers not to get fired.
Olga Kharif

Blogging used to be fun. A way to get the word out. To get something off one's chest. That was before blogging became a sure way to get fired, of course.

We have all read about a stewardess and a Google employee who ended up losing their jobs because of blogging. To protect yourself from the same fate, check out just-released guides from Electronic Frontier Foundation.

One of the foundation's new guides offers tips on how bloggers can protect their online identities. One suggestion is to use a blog hosting service like, which doesn't require you to provide your real name. That site is currently in Beta-testing.

Here's a few lines from one of the blogs on the site, penned by someone who calls himself Reluctant Farmer: "My Uncle Albert worked during the 1950s as a Hungarian language translator for a branch of the government. (He wasn't my uncle, and he's not named Albert. And if you're willing to take literally every word of a pseudonymous blog, please let it be mine.)" Enough said.

Back to the foundation's guides. The other paper goes into various laws that have bearing on blogging. This Legal Guide for Bloggers includes extensive sections on intellectual property (your rights to the comments you've written) as well as potential liabilities of bloggers.

I found both papers to be very helpful, with lots of references to other online sources.

I think anyone who blogs -- and values his or her job -- should check these out.

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