It's taken me a while to write this post because I've been trying to come up with ways to be more efficient...in my spare time. That's what I do to relax. I think of ways I can be a better worker.
I know I may have blogged about going on a heroin binge a few weeks ago, but that was in jest. I kid like that. And the hundreds of "drunken" pictures of me and my friends were the work of Photoshop. Seriously. I don't drink, not even socially. I do, however, look to get an edge in the work place by brushing up on my Photoshop and HTML skills. Hence that picture of me smoking a joint.
So I keep coming across articles about employers Googling potential job candidates. There was a thread on Digg about it earlier today. It generated a ton of comments. And because it's a tech-savvy group of individuals who contribute comments, many were smug in nature, the authors pointing out that anyone with a MySpace account deserves to be shunned by employers. Others bragged that they never used their real names, or sent emails using their real names.
Of course it makes sense. For me, however, it's too late. I've a lot of history online. And, in retrospect, I probably should not have used my real name on Craigslist requesting certain services. It was dumb. I was naive. And now I'm wondering, "Have I blogged myself into a corner?" Because were I to apply for a job in South Dakota, my writing could come back to haunt me. It's quite possible the only places I can work in the country are California, New York and...would Chicago have me?
So I'd like to point out that the views expressed on Swisher's Untitled Blog Project are not necessarily the views of Laura Swisher. I would like to officially distance myself from everything written here. Unless, of course, you agree, in which case, I may agree with the views expressed here.
And here's another question: Is there an amount of time after which you shouldn't be responsible for your postings? How long should a college indiscretion follow you around? Because the picture of my hit and run accident was a long time ago. The authorities aren't even interested in it now. Why should anyone else be?