While out of work, many unemployed people have turned to blogging. It's become a great way to keep their writing skills sharp, and gives them an outlet for talking about what is going on in their lives.
But here's the problem: An employer is going to read that blog. I don't care if you started the blog just for your friends or family, a future paycheck may depend on what you write.
So, let's spare yourself some future grief and talk about some rules regarding blogging if you ever plan to be employed or look for work one day.
1. Do not talk about bodily functions. No one wants to read about anything that oozes, itches, burns, churns or "looks funny." Save these conversations for your mother or your doctor.
2. Do not take photos of yourself in swim wear or clothes small enough to qualify as a handkerchief. Save these photos for your workout coach or honey bunny.
3. If you're going to make fun of something or someone, make sure you don't sound bitter. Too many times bloggers try and "get on the radar" by attacking social networking bigwigs for the most idiotic reasons. You just look petty and small -- and desperate -- when you do it. When you set off a verbal stink bomb, you don't look cool -- you just cause a stink.
4. Don't link to information that is 10 years old and then say you've come across "recent" information. It makes you look lazy and confuses your reader. Not exactly how you want to impress a prospective or current employer.
5. Don't make leaps of logic that a mountain goat couldn't manage. The departure of LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, for example, caused a barrage of blog posts to be written about it. I read people connect his departure to everything from global warming to bunions. To impress employers, make sure you have a clear point and back it up with concise points.
What other ways can a blogger impress an employer?