When is a blog not a blog?

Metropolitan Police officers have apparently received ‘guidance’ about blogging that includes the following phrase; “consider the impact of expressing views and opinions that…bring the organisation into disrepute”.

What is, exactly, a blog? Perhaps an online notebook where you list links, tips, ideas, common experience (like the blog you are now reading) or sometimes a place where you blow off a bit of steam after a frustrating day. We all have frustrating days, but steam is perhaps best let off in the smoke free bar over an orange juice.

Blanket ‘guidance’ on blogging may discourage people with plenty to say of value to other practitioners – I’d like to see a little more precision in this sort of ‘guidance’.

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