There has a been a minor brouhaha going on between Ed Brill's "personal" blog
and various others, including Volker Weber's thread on vowe.net
. The essence of the issue is captured by Volker's comment:
Ed Brill has two blogs. One is private, one is hosted by IBM prominently linked from the Lotus home page. I would argue that the private blog is not private and the IBM blog is not a blog. I will not try to define what blog is, I just don't perceive it as one.
Interesting perspective, but I think Volker is being a bit judgemental and a bit silly, even if he is right. Of course, Ed's blog isn't entirely personal, but who would expect that? Everybody carries an agenda into their blogs, and Ed's is at least fairly transparent. The general idea of a "business blog" is usually to put a human face on a business, and Ed does that well. The lotus.com "blog" doesn't work quite as well, because it is too closely connected to the "faceless corporation" to have a very human face.
I like Ed's personal blog. I think the lotus.com blog is better in concept than reality, and won't miss it terribly if it goes away, but I fully expect and hope that Ed will continue to be positive about Notes/Domino and other IBm offerings on his blogs. I go there expecting it, and am pleased to get as much perspective from a business source as Ed can reveal given the pseudo-personal slant.
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