Five Short Years of crzegrl.net

Many people use their birthdays, or the new year to ponder their accomplishments, their goals, and their failures.

Today is my day for self-reflection.

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My first post here at crzegrl.net was five years ago today. It seems a lifetime ago, yet just yesterday that I decided to write about Danny.

As some of you know, this blog has undergone an evaluation, so to speak, by my main employer. The employer who shall-not-be-named from here until eternity.

With the attention I received, and the days I spent sweating the outcome, my blogging passion has been stifled. When writing here my approach, in the past, was simple. “What you see is what you get.” Blogging anonymously killed my creativity when I first started writing. The new guidelines from my employer include no mention of where I work, or photos/multimedia naming the corporation at all. Ack.

My first knee jerk reaction was to delete the entire blog. Why write if I can’t present what I do the way I do it? Then the professional part of me took the creative, passionate me by the shoulders and began shaking real hard.

It takes one small incident to smear years of work and millions of dollars worth of marketing in creating an appropriate corporate image. That small incident can be a viral, just like a bad strain of VRE or MRSA in an ICU where the staff doesn’t wash their hands. Trust me when I tell you that I understand the concern behind the “man” that is the corporation. If I were the one sitting in the hot seat, I would want control of my employees as well.

After the initial panic and the last few weeks of readjusting my thinking, I have come to the conclusion that not writing would be like cutting off my arm. Not hanging out with the medical/nursing blog community would be like losing part of my family. Not giving my friends a way to keep up with me without calling a damn SHAME!

*pointed looks*

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So as I continue to contemplate my past, my present, and my future, the blog will evolve. My creativity will need to be, well….more creative. Capturing the essence of what I do will need to have more substance, and less bright shiny objects. If nothing else, I still have the view from my office window.

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Happy five years dearest blog. I’m glad I still have you.

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6 Comments

  1. Yes, we are glad you decided to ‘not cut your arm off’.
    A big blogger-community hug for you. If not for you and your zest for life, a lot of us would not be doing what WE do.
    Thanks.

  2. Happy Blogiversary. I’ve never stated where I’ve worked but I’m certain for those who pay attention, it wouldn’t be hard to put two and two together. Your job profile would make things a bit easier to figure out. I understand your employer’s concern. Having read a recent article about my employer that was not flattering, I was tempted to speak to how I feel about that. I wisely chose to ignore what I’d read. Never bite the hand that feeds you. I try to write about work but with privacy laws, sometimes it’s hard. I’m certainly glad you’re able to continue writing as your words are usually eloquent and your stories pertinent. I think you also promote your profession quite well.

  3. Happy blogiversary indeed. I went through something similar just over a year ago…but it was a touch more dramatic. I was fired because the talking heads decided folks could put two and two together and figure out where I worked. Nobody bothered with a review and giving me a chance to fix it – just got the boot. I fought with the same “kill the blog or don’t kill the blog” arguments, got lots of advice to “just let it die…” but I couldn’t. I became more careful, I got a different job… but I decided not to let the bastards silence me.
    Hats off to you!

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