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This parrot is not dead, its just sleeping

If you’re still reading this, its possible that I might do some more shortly. Things seem to be happening that I want to talk about.

I know, I’m as surprised as you.

Playing around with WordPress themes

Nothing to see here, I’m just taking the opportunity to refresh this site a little. I’ve had it in mind to update the site for a while since I noticed how many templates now offers.

I’ve also just finished building a hosted wordpress site (of which more shortly) so I thought it was time to pay some attention to my own site.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Does this represent a thaw in the lack of activity here?


But I’ve said that before haven’t I….

Reminder: teacamp tomorrow

I honestly thought we might not bother with informal meet-ups over the summer as many civil servants are off with school holidays and recess.

But I’m told there’s a fair few people planning to come along tomorrow (Thursday 7th) so if you fancy having a chat with other people interested in all things government web, then pop over to Cafe Zest – 2nd floor in House of Fraser Victoria Street – some time between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow.

It would be great to see you there.

At the web2.0strategies conference

At the web2.0strategies conference

Originally uploaded by Jeremy Gould.

I’ve been speaking here today as part of a panel discussion on innovation in the workplace.

One observation – the sheer number of laptops and iphones being used during the sessions.

These aren’t people coming to learn about web2.0 / social media, these are people who do it already and are trying to work out how to do it better within their organisations.

Back with lots to do

Step your mind

Back in the office tomorrow. Much to be getting on with, including updates on the Barcamp – location should be confirmed this week. Meanwhile, saw this sign on holiday. Made me laugh and speculate if I could write a whole self-help book based on the title?

Govt webbies – the next generation?

Congratulations to Neil Williams, web manager at Communities and Local Government, whose wife gave birth to their first child at the weekend. Enjoy the paternity leave Neil, a few weeks of sleep deprivation and dirty nappies will make website rationalisation seem positively simple after that…

back to work…


… from a few weeks holiday to find a mountain (okay a small hill) of email despite judicious use of autodelete filters, and a pile of (mainly junk) mail. Still it all takes time to wade through.

Normal (erratic) service will be resumed shortly. Thoughts in my head:

– why can’t public sector webbies all be friends instead of carping?
– reducing the digital clutter
– how do you explain to customers that their website might not be the most appropriate online channel to use?

More on these, and others, soon.