Concerning my post about funneling my $600 check from the U.S. government to Amnesty International, I've received quite a bit of feedback.
Some of it is a response to my position on
"Jay, you're a dumbass. "
"The world is safer with Saddam out of power. "
"there are lots of people out there who do concur with your views"
That’s fine. I know people are polarized on these topics, and expect that any discussion would generate a lot of attention, some of it quite heated. However, it’s not really what I wanted to post about.
Some of it is a response to my decision to give that money to A.I., like
"sponsor 20 little poverty stricken
"buy 600 dollars worth of fast food or grocery store gift certificates and every time you see a homeless person give them enough to buy a couple meals"
"That's an impressively selfless thing to do with such a large chunk of money."
This was my real purpose – to talk about what I see as a creative way to take action to support my principles.
Some is specifically about my decision to post this on my blog, which is hosted by Microsoft:
"Wrong forum Jay"
"I commend your courage to put this on your blog"
"You are bound to take a lot of flak for this courageous post "
"Microsoft lets you do this with their resources on their time?"
"people ... consider it to be leveraging the Microsoft megaphone for a personal political view"
This is something I’m worried about. I do want to speak out about what I believe in, but I also want to do the right thing as an employee of the company.
I’m considering creating a second, personal blog where I can talk about stuff as me, not as a rep of Microsoft. I wanted to the opinion of my readers on this, first.
If I move this topic to a personal blog, am I letting myself be bullied by people who don’t agree with me?
When I created my blog, I decided that it should include some personal content. I’m not a robot, I’m a human. I want you to see that, and to see the humanity of all of us at Microsoft. I want us to all see that Microsoft the organization is a collection of humans, with feelings, desires, and mistakes. This post is part of that plan.
Anyway… would anyone object to this sort of thing being moved to a different blog?