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Rules

I have a bit of a love-hate thing with rules.

First off, I’ve always been a rebel, most likely because I am the oldest daughter of Italian immigrants, and a Catholic to boot. With a background like that, you don’t end up with Engineering and MBA degrees, or a social life, without pushing a few boundaries.

On the other hand, I am a Project Manager. I have a great respect for process and rules. Especially when I define them. We all need some order, or the world will go mad. This, thankfully, is the Canadian in me.

So, after nearly a year of blogging, I give you my rules of blogging. Such as they are.

  1. No swearing. I can cuss like a sailor when I am stuck in traffic on the Décarie Expressway or when a taxi driver cuts me off yet again. In fact, quite simply, you can’t drive in Montréal without a healthy dose of swearing. Swearing is much cheaper than therapy (as is writing). Having said that, I have decided as a personal challenge that I will not swear on my blog. And swear words are blocked from comments as well. Because if I can’t swear on my blog, why should you? By the way,”bullshit” is not a swear word. It’s a technical term defined by Scott Berkun. He’s even defined how to detect it. See? Not only do I set the rules, I can decide when to break them.
  2. I don’t name names. All of the stories I tell are true. But since I have spent all of my professional life working for multinational corporations who can afford lots of lawyers, and all I can do is look up “libel” and “slander” on the internet, I have decided that the hassle just isn’t worth it. So I mention a lot of “friends” that are may or may not be friends, and am deliberately vague about where, and when the stories I tell happened. Besides, the facts are not the point of my stories: the lessons that we can learn from them are. In business school, we call these stories “Case Studies”.
  3. I post when I have something interesting to say. Most “How to Blog” articles (I’ve read them all) will tell you to blog on a regular schedule. Preferably daily. Well, I decided to break that rule because it sounded silly to me. (See? Broke a rule.) I hang out on other places on the web to get unfinished ideas out of my head, or share cool links (see the social media icons in the top right corner of my blog.) However, my blog is for the finished stuff that’s been slow-cooking in my head, sometimes for weeks. My blog posts usually have a coherent message, a parable, a story, a lesson, complete with photos or videos, and data to help make my point. So, I post when I’m good and ready. I suggest you subscribe to my blog (see the top right corner of my blog and click on the RSS or email button) so that you know when that is. If you like reading my stuff, that is. And my sincere hope is that you do enjoy reading my stuff.

That’s it. Three simple rules. And subject to change. At any time. Without notice.

Because it is, after all, my blog.

October, 2010.