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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What's on your mind?

As much as I like the multiple uses of Facebook, I'm a little in the dark about why people I know are so willing to openly talk about how much they hate their job. Granted, Facebook is mostly a private thing, since non-users can't see anything. But still, I'm a little taken aback by the frequency and degree of anger directed at the job itself.

I'm very, very well aware that I have something special with my main gig: the downsides are greatly overshadowed by the upsides. If I were to have problems with the gig, I sure as hell wouldn't post them on a site where my bosses are friends of mine. Yes, I have no problem with being online friends with them and I have no problem with them seeing the person I present online. Maybe I'm in a minority here. I don't know.

I do know this, knowing full well I once wrote a lot about overall frustration with life (job situation included) on this blog, it's pretty unprofessional to bad-mouth your job online. I can understand that people have a therapeutic release by writing things out, but come on, don't act all surprised if you get fired over this stuff.

At the risk of sounding like I'm bragging, I'll go ahead and say this anyway: I'm thankful that I work at a place that I like, and I don't mind spending forty hours of my week at. I've done the whole work-from-home-at-my-own-pace, and frankly, I just didn't find my life was as fulfilling. That's probably given the fact that I would usually wake up at 9 in the morning (or later), and be very well aware that half of a day was gone by the time I really started to get going with stuff. So, working mornings, taking a midday nap, and doing whatever for the rest of the day has been a very agreeable schedule for me.

This is not to say that every day I work at my main gig is wine and roses. But it's not like I'm counting the days or hours until the weekend. Since my mind is on many other things at the same time, I just figure that my Facebook status updates should be rather amusing, funny, or just something I've been thinking about rather than airing my grief about something.

2 comments:

Kev said...

Well said. I guess I'm another one who's pretty happy with his job (since I'm pretty much my own boss in the public-school half of my work, that's not hard). But like yourself I wouldn't ever go public with something negative about my job, especially by name (note the lengths to which I've anonymized my own blog).

Of course I have yet to join Facebook (still a dedicated MySpacer), though I may well do Twitter when I have my knee surgery, just because it'll be the easiest way to keep people updated on things.

Eric Grubbs said...

Kev, if you ever join Facebook, check out the "i hate kevin mcnerney" group. I have no idea what it's about or who started it, but there are forty-five members so far.