Sunday, June 27, 2010
The Future of the AA Category
This website has always been about my life, my thoughts and my experiences. It’s hard to separate different parts of your life and cut out some parts of it. In my opinion, we shouldn’t have to. Where I work and what I do for a living is a part of me and I’d like to continue sharing different things here. But there are people out there who will take something the wrong way, and something bad will happen. So as much as I hate to censor myself due to fear and intimidation, my job is important to me and therefore I am forced to come up with an alternative solution.
We’ve been getting notices at work a lot lately about staying off twitter and facebook and blogs and stuff. I notice people find my site from a variety of different web searches. A lot are interested in my post about rutorrent on the apple tv, others want to read my review of the linksys NAS 200. The standby travel post is bringing a lot of visitors as well. From there they can read my work posts and potentially get me in to trouble. One of my YouTube videos was already traced back to me and had to be removed. However, this blog is mine. I write it for myself to look back upon later, and I don’t want to never write about stuff that happens to me at work.
Right now, about half my AA posts are now marked “Friends Only”, and the older half are closed for now. While creating new entries with “Friends Only” access is a possibility, it really hurts the flow of the archive pages, and the company logo is still displayed. I think I will be editing the template to automatically hide all AA posts, unless you are signed into my website as a user with enough privilege to read “Friends Only” posts. The good parts of this plan is that I can still write about work without fear of google or idiots finding it, but the bad part is that updates to the site might be harder to follow for my friends. Announcing AA Posts on twitter might be an option. As always, being logged into my site makes commenting easier, lets you keep track of custom friends on my friends page, and will soon display work posts as well.