Walking on ice
You are probably wondering how does it go at Microsoft... Well, may be you should start from posts by Liz Lawley - we started on the same day and share many experiences (only my Tablet is not online yet :(
My experience is multi-layered. First, it's learning about another culture and new place. Second, it's a new company, so I'm trying to figure out how things work over here.
Finally, it's about blogging. What I find out interesting is that all those tensions between personal and corporate that I thought I knew how to deal with are coming again in a fresh way - it's three years since I keep personal blog while working for a company. Not really... I'm still figuring out what I can blog and what not...
From what I've seen so far blogging is about bending rules. Yes, it's encouraged, but if you want to stay on the safe side and follow all policies you probably wouldn't blog. Blogging is about taking risks and making your own judgement of what is not confident and how to say it. I think this judgement is culture-specific and I guess this is the root of my own problem. I don't know the culture yet, so even knowing how to be a blogger in a company I'm still trying to figure out how to be a blogger in this specific company.
I guess it's just a matter of time. I'm talking to people, diving in intranet resources and mailing lists that discuss weblogs, so I should figure it out pretty soon. But now I have this strange uneasy feeling of walking on ice and to be fair I envy Liz as she seems to do better figuring out the boundaries.
Or may be it's just because for me blogging at Microsoft is not only what I'm going to do, but also what I'm going to study - and all extra uncertainties that come with mixing those roles :)
And, finally, if you still want a bit of personal experience - I'm in an office with no windows and I hate it. The rest is exciting :)))