Well welcome to this site, the new repository for my writing online. I have shifted from Movable Type to WordPress, which so far has been a disconcerting and frustrating experience, and perhaps just a bit more interestingly, from blogging under a fairly non-unique portion of my name to blogging under my full name. It’s a bit of an idiosyncratic step, in this modern age, when we are probably more concerned about privacy issues than ever. It is just plain natural to be concerned that the information we enter or store online may potentially be misused or misinterpreted. Truly, if the Internet and more specifically the blogosphere has achieved one certain thing for global society, it has been to ensure that more people are quoted out of context more often and more flippantly than ever before in the history of human civilisation.
So why, if this is the case, move to eponymous blogging? I won’t claim to assert there is an entirely rational decision-making engine that decided to throw the switch. However, there are some rational reasons for doing so. Having a site in your own name allows you to a certain extent to more robustly shape your presence online. If someone types your name into a search engine, Google will work its web spider magic and throw up a random collection of links featuring your name. Assuming there isn’t a website out there that actually features your name, anybody who has been active in society to a reasonable extent will probably find their name associated with a fairly strange and unrepresentative collection of web pages. As society increasingly progresses (or regresses) towards a society that finds out everything it needs to know by asking an imperfect computer program with a silly name, it becomes increasingly obvious that the appearance of one’s presence online is worth a bit more than a moment’s thought.
It goes without saying that I will probably be more self-conscious of what I write here than I have been previously. For the time being, at least, I also intend to be more prolific than I have been in the past. Given that one needs to have something of a life whilst working in a fairly demanding industry and having such a time-consuming hobby, this will probably prove difficult in practice, but we shall see how things develop. My focus will remain fairly political, although from time to time I may delve into other areas which manage to catch my interest.
In the meantime, I would certainly be interested in hearing about any eccentricities anybody notices with the layout of the site or otherwise. The theme is for now a scarcely modified version of the default WordPress theme, and was tested on Safari. It would nevertheless not surprise me if Mozilla or Internet Explorer were playing silly buggers with it to some extent.