So, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted to the blog for quite sometime. There’s a number of reasons for that:
- Busy, Busy, Busy
I’m currently on an amazing attchment from BBC News Interactive to BBC New Media. I’ve been working with James (aka Technogoggles) and Tomski, the “Loosemore Effect” himself. We’re working on one mother of a project for the BBC, which I think many of you are going to enjoy when it comes out. I’m sworn to secrecy, which is why I havn’t had much to blog about. For the time being, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer, unless you have been lucky enough to read one of the few leaks about it in the press
- “What’s the point?”
I started this blog because I wanted to promote some of my skunkwork projects. I was beginning to seriously start looking for a new job as I was getting tired of what I was doing at News. As much as I’m not shy to dig at my department when I disagree with it, I’m not going to air my dirty laundry in public as to why I was looking to leave. In the end, rather than selling out to a merchant bank for twice my salary, I took this attachment. So, I don’t have as much of a need to promote myself – and as much as I like their blogs, I don’t want to out-and-out “blog-whore” myself like these guys.
Despite all that, I have decided to continue the blog for one reason: my Dad. My Dad was diagnosed with Hepatitis C a few years back, and he finally started his long-term treatment for it in the Autumn. I encouraged him to blog his treatment, which I’m pleased to say has been a fantastic success (both his treatment and the blog!). His blog, which has a very personal narration, has helped him along during his treatment and also has helped increase the awareness of Hepatitis C (his blog is even promoted from the front page of the NHS Hepatitis C website).
The personal perspective of his blog is what makes it so enguaging. With this in mind I have decided to continue my blog, this time with a far more personal feel (like my Dads, and many others). I’ve always been concerned that my persona can do me a disservice – unless you know me, my casual nature often doesn’t reflect what I’ve got to say. Bearing in mind I was looking for a job, I was careful to keep my posts strictly formal, which in turn made them very dry.
So, welcome to Ben?s Blog v2. I?ll also sort myself out with my own template rather than the current generic one. I might even start a podcast, despite my personal dis-interest in them.