Here’s the scenario: Your client hires you to post several times a week or a month regarding a particular topic. Though the client expects your personality to shine through, you give him a bit more than he bargained for. You take barbs at people you don’t like, add your personal view to what is to be a neutral post and go off on rants that are more representative of you than the topic.
Is this ethical?
So, here’s the next “Your Turn” question. There’s a difference between personality and personal feelings…when you’re blogging for a client is it ethical to vent your personal feelings in what is supposed to be a neutral blog post? If you have a personality clash with someone or feel strongly about politics or religion and it somehow comes through on every blog post you write, is this ethical?
The reason I’m writing this post is because a member of the FWJ community was recently fired from not one, but two blogs because he constantly takes potshots at other bloggers. He feels he’s was hired to give a personal touch. I think there’s a difference between personality and negativity – especially if you’re representing someone else.
Blogging is a form of free expression, but do you have that freedom when you’re blogging for a client?
(My vote is to always get permission before getting too personal on a client blog and don’t post anything that would reflect poorly on the client.)