We all have heard the horror stories about someone being fired, losing credentials, flogged and stoned due to the content of their blog. As a member of the nursing profession, it is a constant fear in my own mind that I will write about something inappropriate, or say something one of my collegues will not approve of.
For the purposes of sanity, I maintained a distance from my professional life and, in some ways, my private life on this blog for quite awhile. I didn’t know where this pet project of mine was going to go and wanted to be sure of the path prior to putting myself out there.
I made the decision about six months ago that it is part of me and it was time to start sharing it. All of it. The most important thing I did?
I told my boss.
That’s right. I walked into her office and proactively told her about crzegrl.net. Not only did I give her the address (hello Boss!) but was able to introduce another professional to the plethora of good writing that is online.
Since then, I have shared some of my writing with my peers, especially when it is about them. I even had a post about a patient that the family asked to be read at his memorial service.
Blogging doesn’t have to be about hiding. It doesn’t have to be a secret, horrible thing that we suffer for doing. I inwardly weep for those who no longer have the opportunity to share their words. For me it is not only part of how I maintain my sanity, but it is such an integral part of my psyche that it would send me through the grieving process to lose it. I see it as a way to encourage, share and in some small way, make a difference.