I see, once again, social media is under the spot light, with anonymous bloggers who are writing, like myself, under pseudonyms, often because we don’t feel that we would be allowed to put our own names for fear of discipline. My question is what is wrong with expressing your opinion about your job, or reporting issues relating to your work?
I started my blog about a year ago and my inspiration was Inspector Gadget who has recently hung up his boots. I decided that I would write about various issues relating to my career, some political, some funny, some giving food for thought, and some sad.
I have had 12,000 people read my work which is more than I could have ever perceived and I receive good feedback.
I didn’t start writing to cause controversy, I didn’t write articles to start causing anarchy, I did it because I believe that we have the right to have a voice and to be able to use or freedom of speech/expression.
My choice to write about issues that I feel strongly about and to highlight issues which are affecting the Public Services are my way of venting. I work hard and have aspirations to further my career, do I think I am doing anything wrong by doing this, simply No.
I don’t breach any data protection issues, I don’t mention names or locations of offenders unless it is already well publicised- but what I do do is to try and give food for thought.
I wonder if we worked in the private sector there would be such an issue surrounding authors to give up their blogs?
If I was told to stop publishing I would feel like my human rights are being affected- why should we be unable to express an opinion just because we work in the public sector?
I think as long as it isn’t racist, sexist or derogatory then I really don’t see an issue. It’s my way of venting and getting rid of frustration and anger on paper and not to the public.
What’s the harm in that? We are human beings, we do think, we are not robots and officer discretion is no longer available and it appears having an opinion is now being questioned.
My blogs are my own views and feelings and I enjoy writing them. I just hope that common sense prevails and they don’t come down on officers who are on the ground seeing the impact of changes being made. The government would do well to listen. If we have to do it anonymously then so be it.
So what do you think? Should we be allowed to continue to blog and what’s the problem with blogging when so many write they opinions on twitter/Facebook ?
Be interested to hear your views