Blog Hard 2: Blog Harder

Meet the new blog, not quite the same as the old blog. I used to have a great time blogging on policy issues for BCS on everything from the database state to quantum crypto when I worked on that stuff. Fun, if you like that sort of thing.

My job day-to-day as membership director is rather different, and while up-close it is interesting and engaging it isn’t quite as easy to write something with wider appeal, compared with killer robots and why NHS IT was in difficulty. Maybe. We’ll see.

The subject at hand is really very important - and society at large doesn’t know how important and is at risk as a consequence. What we’re doing collectively is trying to build the human foundations for an information society that can be relied upon. Connecting the things we do day to day to that more abstract purpose might feel melodramatic, but I believe the connection is real.

The other thing is that blogging now is for me a much higher risk. When I’m commentating on government policy, I’m just that - a commentator. When I’m talking about what we’re doing in membership I have a somewhat higher level of responsibility.*

So the rules of engagement are as follows:

  1. What I say on my blog may not always be correct, a representation of my own views, or a representation of the position of the organisation because a) I might be trying to be provocative or b) I might be seeing if anyone is paying attention, and for no other reason.*
  2. I like it when people disagree (because otherwise how do we change and grow?), and I like it when people are passionate about these subjects, but I believe that part of being professional is being able to be polite to people in all circumstances. Being respectful is also in our code of conduct.
  3. If you don’t get irony and sarcasm, you’re probably on the wrong blog. It might also explain why you find it difficult to relate to some of the IT department
  4. Do not feed the trolls.

So that’s it for my opening salvo; a sort of meta-blog, or blog about blogging. Do feel free to tell me what you’d like to hear in the comments, and I’ll take that under due consideration :-)

* OK, look, I might be wrong as well, but in the finest tradition of directors everywhere, let’s just pretend I’m infallible.

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