The jury is still out on blogging about work. Some companies encourage it (check out Microsoft blogs like Robert Scoble's Scobleizer), some people fire because of it, and many companies check out personal blogs before hiring. But the fact of the matter is that there are no firm rules about it yet. An article in the Washington Post by Amy Joyce entitled "Blogged out of a job" gives some stats: 85% of companies do not have a written policy describing what is acceptable to write about in personal blogs. 3% of HR personnel claim that they have disciplined workers for what they have written in their blogs. Apparently, about 5% of all employees have a personal blog. Usually, reprimands follow warnings and are based on not following clear guidelines. So it is understandable that people feel unfairly treated when sanctioned for something that has not explicitely been forbidden by clear rules. The general opinion among employees is that posting confidential information is not acceptable, but humorous situations can be posted. Given the range of sensibilities, and after all the debate on the cultural differences with cartoons, this might not be enough of a rule.