Skip to main content

I work for an exciting place, good exciting most of the time, and frustrating at other times.  I'd love to be able to share the cool things that happen here, but I can't talk about them.

There are any number of reasons I can't talk about my work except in the most general terms. None of those reasons are that I would lose my job over it.

While I've posted a few pictures of my desk and office and the grounds outside (my mushroom stories and pictures of Itzl and Xoco and the clouds), they've been "anonymized" so my workplace can't be easily recognized if you haven't been inside it in person.

I'm not even forbidden to talk about my work or where I work, so why can't I talk about it and the cool stuff that happens here?

The privacy of my co-workers and our clients is why.

I respect their need to approve and control access to information about them, even good information.

I don't talk much about my family and friends for much the same reason.

Privacy.

We have so many invasions of our privacy, unintentional as well as deliberate, that I have chosen to not share these things.

But it's hard to stick by my decision when such good things happen, funny ones, and happy ones that I want to share - because in sharing them, I have to share more than the good, funny, happy things, I have to reveal a bit more about the people than I feel comfortable revealing because they could be identified however I try to disguise them. And yes, I have done my best to anonymize them.  In doing so, I lose the point of the story, the good stuff about it becomes bleh, and the funny stuff - it's not funny anymore. Taking hte person out, changing it so they can't be recognized just ruins it.

So, just so you know, even when I whine about the bad stuff here at work (which, oddly enough is easy to anonymize - bad stuff is bad regardless who does it, good stuff is intimately personal - go figure), there is a LOT of really cool stuff I can't share because of my decision to maintain other people's privacy.

What cool stuff I can share without violating my decision, I will happily share.

Just be aware that there's a whole lot more cool stuff you don't get to know about.

Tags

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site