Today it was revealed to me that my HR department is aware that I have a blog and side business. I was immediately sweating bullets. Not because of anything I've written (I do NOT discuss work here) but because it felt like an insane invasion of privacy.
Look, I get that I choose to write a blog. And I choose to blog publicly. I am aware that anyone at any time can find this little space and read it from start to present. I understand that and I accept it.
What I don't accept is that my job tried to brush me off for a position I really want because of it. It forced me to take actions that make me feel like I've done something wrong, which isn't true. As of this afternoon, this blog is private.
It wasn't something I wanted to do but I felt I had no other option. What I do on the weekends and outside of work is not their business. I come into work every day, do my job at a satisfactory and above level, and I go home. It bothers me that my blog and all of my social media accounts now need to be private until alternate arrangements can be made. I feel as if I'm hiding in shame.
If you received an invitation and accepted, thank you. It means a lot to me. If you didn't, well, if all is working you shouldn't even be allowed to read this.
If you have any suggestions for how to move forward from here - I'm listening.