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Wine Blogging and Co-Workers — When Our Worlds Collide

googleability (uncountable noun)  – Likelihood of being found by an internet search engine, especially Google’s.

In this age of always on hyper-connected living, our chronic over sharing online — Foursquare check-ins, Facebook updates to let the world know what we had for breakfast (because surely someone else cares) or passive aggressive wall posts intended to deliver messages we’re too afraid to say directly (to a Facebook ‘friend’ no doubt) — has made it nearly impossible to avoid Google’s infinite search tentacles.  Google’s reach coupled with easy online access to personal information via data aggregator sites like Zillow and Spokeo can be problematic for those wishing to keep their worlds separate.

Though some feel uncomfortable admitting as much, we all do have multiple lives.

I have two lives — my personal life (family, friends, wine, hobbies, community) and my work life (work) — and I prefer to keep them as separate as possible.  The reasons are obvious, but I defer to George Costanza for a better explanation of the challenges of worlds colliding..

With all the digital breadcrumbs I leave about the interwebs, keeping my worlds apart may be impossible — especially my wine and work worlds!

I first visited the subject of my wine and work worlds colliding about 950 days ago — with this post on February 24, 2010 Do You Share Your Wine Blog With Work Peeps?‘ — after a co-worker took interest in my blog and shared it with our management.  My manager at the time was aware of my online and print wine writing (I derive no income from either, and have no intention of doing so) and I was, and always will be, careful not to engage in wine stuff during work hours.

Given a recent resurgence of curiosity of my wine activities by a co-worker(s), and a similar experience shared by a blogging friend at WBC, I am revisiting this subject to see what others in the wine blogosphere think of mixing wine and work.

For the most part, my colleagues that read Drink What You Like do so because they share my passion for wine and are always on the look out for new wine recommendations.  A couple others of course have more devious intentions and read this blog and follow my tweets because they are simply nosey, lack a quality personal life, and are likely amazed by my wine writing, but have no malicious intent (that I’m aware).  My friend’s experience with co-workers however, seems of less innocent motives.

This blogger friend, who focuses almost exclusively on writing wine reviews (which means tasting a lot of wine), happened to read my post on this subject two years ago and shared his experience with me when I saw him in Portland last month.   This person is apparently blessed to work with a fantastic group of nosey and curious colleagues who assumed that anyone who wrote about so many wines must be an alcoholic.  Ah, there’s always one in every office — the know-it-all righteous office therapist practicing without a license, never leaving room in all their opinions for being wrong.

My friend had to educate their co-worker on the difference between ‘tasting’ wine and ‘drinking’ wine, but not before the co-worker had the chance of poisoning the office water cooler with talk of my friend’s (alleged) alcoholism.

We should all be so lucky to spend the majority of our daytime hours with such people.   (Ed. note — I suggested that my friend post a similar piece on his blog, but he didn’t want to provoke those he works with an follow his online wine activities.  Your correspondent is less concerned with provoking nosey co-workers.)

So… A question for my fellow digital wine scribes — do you openly share your wine blog with co-workers (for those that work outside the wine industry)? 

I am very interested in others’ opinions on this topic.  So, for all of the ‘9-5’ employed bloggers out there — how many of you openly share your wine blogging adventures with your work peeps?   Reason for/against?  Have you encountered a problem at work by sharing your blog with co-workers?

I would especially like to hear from those that use pseudonyms on their Twitter and blog profiles.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Oh, and for the work peeps, c’mon ouTTa the closet — feel free to leave a comment.  :) 

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