Clarifications

February 8, 2007 at 10:12 am 6 comments

I’m now stepping beyond my intention, and posting again to my blog, only because my last post seems to have caused more of a furor than I expected. I appreciate many of the comments that have been made about my situation and understand that some perceive the limitations on my postings to be a form of censorship. However I would like to clarify a number of points before this spirals any further out of control.

Firstly, I have decided to discontinue posting of my own free-will. My employer has not demanded that I take down the blog, only that if I continue with it he has more of a hand in how it is run. Some may see this as an infringement on my rights, however I see it as more in line with Ian Kahn’s thinking, that my employer would like to bring the blog closer to home and link it more closely with his business. My decision to rather abandon the blog is simply a recognition that if this becomes yet another business project to be run by the IT department, I would firstly lose some of the flexibility and freedom in my posts and secondly it would impact on my workload and the expectations of the company.

The second point that I’d like to make is that I do not consider my employer to be narrow minded in any sense of the word. Yes, he maybe doesn’t realise all of the ways in which technology can benefit his business, and perhaps does not grasp all of the power that is generated through the building of online community. Or perhaps, this is my techno-centric framework and at the end of the day, it doesn’t translate to much in a business sense. However, to be fair to my employer, he has trusted me in all of the IT decisions I have made so far. He has allowed me to move all of our server software across to an open source paradigm, in an effort to cut costs and to explore development options that were not available to us before. This, in my opinion, is massively forward thinking and open minded. My employer is very encouraging in the projects that I take on and gives me a lot of free reign when it comes to making decisions about technology and sometimes gives me freedom to present ideas which will help with marketing, which is well outside of my remit. On the whole, he pays me well, looks after me and is generally encouraging of the work that I do.

Part of my employer’s concern was that I had not made him aware of my blog directly, and he felt that since it was related to the industry, this was somewhat underhanded on my part. And that’s a fair criticism. My reasons for keeping quiet about it were initially because I wanted to build up some traffic and articles before presenting it to him. And eventually because I felt that discussing it with him, would probably put me into the situation in which I am now.

Finally, I’m posting this article during my working hours, from my work PC, as I believe that this posting will help clear up any ill-feeling that may be circulating around the net and which may have some impact on our business. Generally I posted my articles during my lunch hour, but from my work PC. I guess you could argue the company resources thing either way. But at the end of the day, I have not been censored or treated poorly by my employer. I have just made a decision as to how I would like to continue both with my work, and with respect for my employer’s wishes.

Perhaps in future, I may post the odd article on somebody else’s blog, or I might contribute to one of the magazines that deal with the trade, but for now, I’ve got to focus on what I’m employed to do. Please just enjoy what I have left here as a mark of my enjoyment working in the trade and the positive experience that I have had doing so.

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  • 1. Anirvan Chatterjee  |  February 8, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    I’m sorry. I hope to see you blogging again in some capacity in the future.

    Reply
  • 2. trav  |  February 15, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I agree with the above comment and hope that if your employer brings your skills “closer to home” that you will let us all know. I’d follow.
    And to be honest, I can’t blame your employer for wanting to capitalize on your full skill-set.

    I just hope he follows through.

    Best to you this year!

    Reply
  • 3. Rahul  |  March 23, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    would you like to post your reviews on a video

    check this site it offers Book Reviews On Video

    http://bluerectangle.com/

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  • 4. Ian  |  April 10, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Sorry for the delay in response…I do hope things work out, one way or another. To be clear, you are always welcome to post at LMLO. The tech spin is an important one…I’d hate to see it lost to the community…

    All the best.

    Reply
  • 5. Paul  |  May 4, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Hi there,

    I just got onto your blog and am sorry to hear you’ve already left 🙂

    I wanted to know if you’d be interested in a deal with us for the remaining blog traffic you have. I’d hate to see it go to waste, being a marketing guy at heart 🙂

    I’d love to hear any of your ideas if you’re interested, otherwise I wish you the best of luck in your endeavours.

    Reply
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