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Bloggers: your boss is watching! May 7, 2008

Posted by tomography in Off Topic.


I have been blogging for about a year now, and as a student I do not have to face this issue, yet, but soon, hopefully in about a year, I may also have a problem with my boss. I have come across two interesting articles both going into detail on how to write a medical blog and not get fired.
Why should bloggers even deal with this issue? Because a blog is a means of communication, a medium of self expression, and all that is written in a blog is considered to be not only the work, but also the opinion of the author him/herself.

So, here is a good general guideline for bloggers as appears on casesblog.blogspot.com.

– Write as if your boss and your patients are reading your blog every day
– Comply with HIPAA
– Do not blog anonymously. List your name and contact information.
– If your blog is work-related, it is probably better to let your employer know.
– Inquire if there are any blogging guidelines. If there are, comply with them strictly.
– Use a disclaimer, e.g. ” All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice.”
– Get your blog accredited by the Heath on the Net Foundation”

There is no need to be frightened by this, just keep in mind these guidelines when writing your next post and most importantly, check with your boss!

References, and more on this topic:

– Andras



1. YS - May 9, 2008

“Do not blog anonymously. List your name and contact information”

You know, I went ahead and asked him why should we not blog anonymously but he did not reply.

Wouldn’t it save you the headache if you just blogged anonymously?

2. tomography - May 10, 2008

it would not save me too much time really. I mean, it took me just about five minutes to set up our “about us” page, so that is all time it would save me, but I believe that people generally like it better to know who wrote what is written on a particular blog. Plus, I got nothing to hide, really. Web 2.0 is about a two-way communication between writer and reader in this example, and I would be a traitor to forgot about that.
Keep on asking your boss, and let me know what he told you!

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