I'm in Paris today, having arrived this morning via Chicago. Whenever I do these long trips I always resolve to write up a few blog entries so that I can have them in reserve and publish them when I am otherwise too busy to produce anything of substance (I'll leave it to you to decide whether I ever produce anything of substance ...). This pre-creation of entries rarely actually happens. I did manage to make some good headway on my inbox and take care of a few other tasks, but sleep is always beckoning on these cross-Atlantic flights.
I've now had several months of experience with having three blogs: this one, an internal IBM one, and a personal one. The last one has gotten the least amount of attention, which surprises me a bit, but part of the reason is my pledge to myself that I will only append to it during the evening and on weekends. I work a fair amount during those times, and if I'm feeling tired or temporarily burned out, that one suffers. I actually do have some backlogged material I could add there including the state of the state on my guitar playing (middling progress, a bit more understanding of music theory, and a used Epiphone Les Paul Classic that came my way via eBay), William's and my trip to LA last week, and general stuff like how the blooming Spring flowers look in front of the fence I built last year. It will all get written up eventually. I want to keep that personal blog strictly separate from my work and have them only intersect when, for example, I write about something that happens when I am travelling. More on these connections later.
The second blog, my internal IBM one, is where I put all the work-related things that I don't or can't talk about here. Some of this is about what it means to blog inside IBM, how we can use blogs in better ways, internal requests for information, news articles that I want to direct people to, clarifications of policy or actions, and so forth. I'm reasonably active on that one, though I'm very willing to throw out quick pointers to things of interest. On this external blog I tend to digest links to articles rather than fill it up with a lot of one line entries, though I'm thinking about changing that. My last couple of entries illustrate this.
I'm not going to describe this blog you are reading and further differentiate it from the others because you can see for yourselves what it is. It's somewhat liberating to have a choice of outlets since it lets me write pieces than vary in tone and content and then stick them where I want. I'm pretty convinced that almost no one reads the personal blog, so that is almost a journal. I also don't allow comments on that one because I don't have time to deal with blog spam and I'm pretty sure I'm going to change the software I use. I now use Blogger and have it ftp the blog to sutor.com. At some point I want to put something like MovableType on the server itself.
Even though I have these three blogs, there are some topics I don't write about anywhere. The reason for this is that even though my two public blogs are separate in content and hosting, they are just two expressions of me. I don't think that putting something controversial on my personal blog insulates it from this one completely. That is, I'm still "Bob Sutor from IBM" wherever I put my comments, even though I don't identify my company affiliation on my personal blog. Now don't misread what I am saying here: I'm not feeling squashed or otherwise restricted, and I'm not saying I won't ever deal with, say, politics on the personal blog. My point is that whether you have one blog or ten, it is the sum of what you do that reflects on you and the people or company with whom you are associated. It is your choice to accept the risk level and responsibility when you blog on certain topics. Live within that at your own comfort level.