The Clear Desk

14 Jul

In the days when I worked for a large company, in an air-conditioned office, with a kitchen and a coffee machine *sigh*, there were certain rules that were expected to be adhered to.  The corporate world comes with caveats, rules of engagement and expectations that have slipped since I’ve worked for myself. Continue reading


Another victory for Social Media…

11 Jun

I was poised earlier this week to write a ranty blog post.  You know the drill…”This beggars belief…” and “Never have I been so disappointed with so-called customer service…” Venting is often the most cathartic way of exorcising those frustrated demons and I do love the occasional rant. Continue reading

How authentic are you?

20 Apr

This post has grown from a seed planted in a Twitter conversation yesterday.  In it I asked whether people have success running more than one Twitter account simultaneously.  Continue reading

Paperless predictions….do they cut it?

24 Mar

The rise of the kindle, e-reader and iPad, in partnership with the burgeoning blogging army, social media and online content adds serious weight to the argument for the long predicted forecast of ‘The Paperless Society’ becoming a reality. Gordon Brown has announced a suite of changes to increase efficiencies and reduce the need for printed output and, although his plans undoubtedly are more fiscal than ecological, does this pre-empt another attempt to reduce us all to a nation of screen tappers? Continue reading

Oh No! Not another Social Media Expert?!

2 Mar

The last post I wrote focussed on Twitter. It was a tongue in cheek attempt to break down some of the confusion that surrounds my favourite Social Media platform and it was gratifyingly popular. A small section focussed on business use but really it was a more high level attempt to allay some of the fears residing in individuals making their first foray into this brave new world. Continue reading

I just don’t ‘get’ Twitter

28 Feb

How many times have you heard that?

People say it to me all the time, generally accompanied with a sympathetic look that says “You’re a bit of a geek.”

So I try, again, to explain what it’s all about, and even to my own ears it sounds a bit rubbish, and the more I go on the more I feel myself shrinking, Alice like, falling into the rabbit hole, trying and trying to climb out and make sense, and failing miserably.

To prevent further embarrassing stand-offs I’ve decided to retreat to my communication medium of choice: to write down my explanation to any future enquirers and hand out little pieces of paper with this URL scrawled on it when they ask.

So, what is Twitter?

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Battling On has moved….

27 Feb

This is a sticky post….it’ll stay here for a while redirecting traffic, hope it doesn’t get it the way.  Please scroll past it to read some insightful posts from Battleplan Creative 😉

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