A boneheaded blog article

In a fit of exuberance about excellent service from an agency that's doing amazing things but experiencing fiscal woes, I blogged about a positive experience I had with them. In the article, I mentioned that the agency was facing repercussions from the recession and might lose its funding, and I encouraged fellow bloggers to visit the agency's website and make a contribution.

But I neglected to let the agency know I'd written about them. The article was brought to their attention, and the administrative staff have been understandably concerned about having information out there that they may be struggling to continue operating.

I feel so bad about this. It was such a boneheaded thing to do. I know better but went with being impetuous and irresponsible instead.

This is eating me up, and I don't know how to ameliorate the situation. I apologized to the agency's top administrators and hope they will tell me there's a way I can help defray the bad press.

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  • I know how you feel. I did something similar a few years back that cost a company to undersell. Look you put your best intentions out and it backfired, it happens. The only thing you can do is apologize and help them to your capacity, with their permission of course. Just don't let this scar you in anyway. You have the power to help people with your blogging. Be more careful next time, but don't stop helping. This one was a bust, the next time someone might be truly grateful.

  • Wait a second, if you were just an everyday customer or industry observer (that's what it sounds like to me), its not like the fact they are struggling is a state secret. Plenty of other people probably knew. Besides, it sounds like the only negative thing you said was that they needed some business. Now they're getting it. What's the big deal?

  • Well, if your blog article is anything like this post then don't worry too much about it. TL/DR

  • Write an update saying you misspoke in your exuberance and want to set the record straight. Run it by the agency before you post it.

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