It’s funny what prompts a blog. It might be a need to share something brilliant, air an opinion or ask a question. Often the a blogs I read seem to be crafted responses to temporary moments of frustration.
I’ve got out of the rhythm of posting things here. But it’s not because I lack prompts. I just haven’t synced correctly.
I’ve got into the habit of making notes about things that I intend to post, often using Remember the Milk, but then failing to convert them anything beyond a title and a vague idea. Every so often I’m nagged by reminders from my past self to get on with it.
Here’s my current list of unwritten blogs:
- a blog about what the Mori NHS Tracker tells us about the impact of our communications work
- a blog about the secret little thrill I got when I noticed that someone in my team had posted a tweet about a Vine video which was embedded in a Coveritlive blog embedded in a WordPress site
- a blog about the moment when my son’s optometrist dropped his (paper) medical notes all over the floor
- a blog about abandoning trying to do the job of a digital press office
- a blog about it being a brilliant time to be doing digital in government, with GDS helping to raise the minimum standard for everything
- a blog about the neat thing we did last year with publications.dh.gov.uk, the cross-posting sub-site that nobody sees
- a blog about our digital content strategy
- a blog about the success of our internal comms work around our digital strategy, and being invited to a lot more meetings as a result
- a blog about the difference between people recognising that digital matters, and having any idea about what to do differently as a result
- a blog likening the Government Digital Service to a sinister cult
- a blog about the Peter Principle and the amount of time I spend with my head in a spreadsheet
- a blog about the bronze, silver and gold levels of service offered by the digital team to the department
- a blog expanding on this line from our digital strategy: “indiscriminate reach is rarely an objective of the department’s communication work”
- a blog about apples (I actually can’t remember what this one was - something profound no doubt)
I might yet write some of these. In the meantime, you could do worse than read what other members of the DH digital team have to say.