In the past four days, there has been a drastic increase in the number of hits this blog receives and they all originate in Alice Springs. It’s a bit peculiar for a blog, usually viewed twice a day in the USA, to be viewed 36 times like it was yesterday; especially when all the views were in Australia.
This change in viewing pattern makes me wonder what the fascination is, for a group of Australian already living in the outback, to read the ramblings of a Yank expatriate living in their community. My life isn’t all that interesting, especially if you don’t already know and love me.
My only guess is that current employees of my former employer found the posting that explained in the form of a humorous analogy why I choose to return to a life of leisure. At no point, did I name the former employer and prior to posting; I went back thru the archives of the blog removing any mention to the name of the company for which I worked. The now deleted paragraph was a dryly satirical example of the conditions under which I was no longer willing to work.
I believe in keeping my professional and personal life separate and hadn’t intentionally shared my blog with any of my former workmates. Not out of secrecy, but simply because I didn’t think they’d be interested. I’m now curious about how a group of people who all complain about being overworked had time to be surfing the web and looking at my blog – but oh well. Through a serendipitous and circuitous route, I discovered that the 87 hits my blog received this week were most likely originated within the office of my former employer.
Although Australian’s aren’t guaranteed the same inalienable freedom of speech in a constitution that American’s are, there is legal precedence in this country has been set in a number of cases that sure citizens of Australia that they can freely express their opinions verbally as well as in writing.
Although I am safe from any legal liability I have chosen to remove the offending paragraph out of respect from my former colleagues. In no way, would I want them to be placed in an uncomfortable position between myself and their employer.
To read more about the freedom of speech in Australia - visit this link.