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A [Fairly Updated] (Reasonably) Comprehensive List of Fired Bloggers (& Users of Other Social Media)

In Blogfired, Blogging, HR, Social media on July 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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I originally posted the first version of this list years ago. I re-posted an updated version in 2009. Now I’m doing it again. See the previous version for an introduction and explanation of why and how I first put this list together. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Book About Me

In Blogfired, Blogging, Press, Work materials on June 16, 2009 at 2:18 am

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Update: Just discovered that yet another book will feature my exploits / shenanigans. Can’t talk about it yet, but it sounds interesting.


Although I can’t sell a book to save my life, it looks like I can get in them easily enough.

First, I was quoted in Naked Conversations, then an abortive idea for an open-source Israel-Palestine peace proposal was included in Wikinomics and now Abby Schonenboom, a professor at the City University of New York, has discussed, and included a screenshot of, my post, “Statistics on Fired Bloggers” in Hiding Out: Creative Resistance Among Anonymous Workbloggers, an upcoming book based on her doctoral thesis.

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Second Blogfired Interviewee Dies

In Blogfired, Journalism on June 28, 2006 at 12:50 am

The second interviewee for my piece on fired bloggers, Rob Smith of Gut Rumbles has died.

The other interviewee to pass away was Bob Stambaugh.

It’s always sad when someone dies. For two people to die from one story I wrote is distressing as well. Nothing to learn from what seems to be a coincidence, but odd nevertheless.

Rest in peace.

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Articles on Fired Bloggers and Employment Issues

In Blogfired on August 30, 2005 at 3:16 am

Here are the articles I’ve collected on blogging and the workplace that are still active.


August Newsday article: “When bosses and blogs collide.”

August Philadelphia Inquirer article: ” Your blog could get you recruited – or fired.” (Asinine registration required.)

July Oakland Tribune article: “Bloggers may face management wrath.”

June Network World article: “Does your company have an official blogging policy?

May Sacromento Bee article: “Airing work gripes online may relieve you of a job.” (Asinine registration required.)

May National Law Review article: “Employers Wrestle With Blogosphere.”

May American Bar Association Journal article: “To Blog or Not to Blog.”

April New York Times article: “When the Blogger Blogs, Can the Employer Intervene?” (Asinine registration required and even more asinine payment required.)

February Village Voice article called “Site Precedent.”

February Christian Science Monitor article: “Office Memo: ‘Blogging’ can get you bounced.”

January San Francisco Chronicle article: “ Beware if your blog is related to work.”

January Newsweek article (spiked): “Blogfired: Bloggers and Employers Test Each Others’ Boundaries.”

January Day to Day story: ” Firings Raise Questions of Blogger Freedoms.”

January Wired article: “Heartaches of Journalist Bloggers.”

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Newsday article on blogfirings

In Blogfired, Press on August 29, 2005 at 2:59 am

Newsday has published a long article on blogfirings called, “When bosses and blogs collide,” by Richard Dalton.

Kill All Squares

In Blogfired, Press on August 21, 2005 at 9:39 pm

The Philadelphia Inquirer has published an article on the employment issues surrounding blogging. They quoted me, though they omitted the name or URL of this blog, CPB and Anoniblog. (Their inclusion would be too much to hope for, I suppose.)

MPR’s Skoler has a point when he accuses me of lacking sound journalistic judgment. Profanity, though? What a bunch of fucking bullshit.

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Morpheme Tales in Oakland Tribune

In Blogfired, Press on July 25, 2005 at 5:37 pm

An article on blogfirings came out today in the Oakland Tribune called “Bloggers may face management wrath.” The article quoted me extensively and mentioned Morpheme Tales. They managed to botch the URL of this blog, however, and despite asking them to fix it — a very easy thing to do especially online — they did not respond, nor make the fix. (This is the second time I’ve been involved in this particular kind of botch-all.)

The author, Francine Brevetti, writes:

Curt Hopkins, a blogger at, lists the employees who have been let go because of their blogging on his site.He reasoned that “whenever a new communication technology comes along, the first group to get really freaked out are employers.”


Hopkins of, although unemployed, has had his own unpleasant experiences.

“I was a freelance journalist, and I was up for a position for Minnesota public radio,” he said.

“Then the interviewer came back to me and said that they couldn’t go any further with me as a candidate because of my blog. I was outraged and baffled because here was a news-gathering organization objecting to my having a blog.”

Hopkins uses his blog to publish a lot of material that he has researched but has not had published. “I’m thinking of getting rid of my blog. Maybe that’s the reason I can’t get a job,” Hopkins said.


Well, as to that last bit, I have found work and it was a direct result of having a blog. So, be careful what you read in the papers. (Or are quoted as saying in them, I guess.)*

*Don’t get bent out of shape, journalists: I am you.

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Blogging Policy Article in Network World

In Blogfired on July 24, 2005 at 11:01 pm

In June Network World magazine published an article called, “Does your company have an official blogging policy?

If you have found that one of your employees has already begun writing about your company in a blog and you’re not happy with his take on corporate life, you may well be within your right to pull the plug. Few states have laws that prevent an employee from an “at will” dismissal if he acts against his employer’s interests. But if you are going to release or discipline an employee over a blog, be gentle. You don’t want to irritate this person to the point that he conceals his true identity and uses your “tightening of the reins” as food for fight. You might be surprised how easy it is to conceal your identity and blog safely as an employee. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has several tips on how to do that on its “How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else)” page (

You also might consider the reason that an employee would feel the need to vent on a personal blog. Is your company’s culture such that employees have no way of suggesting change? If an employee is unhappy for one reason or another, does he have a means to voice the reasons behind his unhappiness at work without fear of losing his job?

An earlier — one might almost say ground-breaking — article, written by an unheralded genius is available here.

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Don’t Blog If You Want Work

In Blogfired on July 10, 2005 at 10:35 pm

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article in its “First Person” section called, “Bloggers Need Not Apply.” In it the author warns that if you want a job, don’t blog.

Ironically, the author is publishing his personal opinion and experiences under a pseudonym online. Perhaps, since he’s not publishing in reverse chronological order, he’s safe from censure. His bio line is not suprising: “Ivan Tribble is the pseudonym of a humanities professor at a small liberal-arts college in the Midwest.” (muffled report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound…)

“Don’t get me wrong: Our initial thoughts about blogs were, if anything, positive,” he says. I bet. He continues: “The pertinent question for bloggers is simply, Why? What is the purpose of broadcasting one’s unfiltered thoughts to the whole wired world?” Now, of course, to bloggers this is not the pertinent question, it’s the least pertinent. But it does give a window into the mind of the kind of people who wind up on hiring committees and harmonizes nicely with his initial condescension.

For bloggers, the most important thing the author says is this: “…it’s best for job seekers to leave their personal lives mostly out of the interview process. ” That, sadly, is the truth. Unfortunately for some of us, it’s a truth we’ve been slow to learn.

“The content of the blog may be less worrisome than the fact of the blog itself,” continues the author. “Several committee members expressed concern that a blogger who joined our staff might air departmental dirty laundry (real or imagined) on the cyber clothesline for the world to see. Past good behavior is no guarantee against future lapses of professional decorum. ”

(Just as the fact that a candidate has never beaten a coworker about the head and shoulders with a salami is no guarantee he won’t do so tomorrow, I suppose.)

Eventually, blogs (now up to 12 million, according to the blog search engine Technorati) may come to be accepted in the same way that “web sites” are now (and weren’t before). But for now, a blog is a liability. I may wind up deleting mine, even though it has provided me an editorial freedom that has been personally liberating. But liberty is encouraged most, I think, when it remains safely abstract. On a bumper sticker, for instance, or as a reason for war.

(Ugh. That last bit was nearly smug enough to qualify me as a pseudonymous author for The Chronicle of Higher Education.)

Sacramento Bee Article on Blogging and Employment

In Blogfired, Press on May 18, 2005 at 4:28 pm

The Sacramento Bee has published an article on blogging employment policy. I was interviewed for this article. Although I didn’t make it in the story much of the information I provided did, in particular the survey of employers’ actions toward blogging that was created in response to the aborted article on the topic I wrote for Newsweek.

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