Unifying My Communications

When I first started this blog it wasn’t my intention for it to have any bearing on my company

When I started I asked myself the question, “Why am I doing this?”

I came up with two answers

First it was somewhere for me to spill the tech/geek stuff that swirls around my head. Lots of my friends are not all that bothered about IT so when I start with the “guess what happened at work today” conversation their eyes started to glaze over and I realised I’d get boring quick.

Second it was somewhere I could store solutions to problems I’d had so that if I ran into anything similar I could refer back to it. With the bonus that if it helped anyone else then great. I work in IT, I want to help people!

So I had no real need for my blog to be anything other than anonymous. I didn’t even have an email address on here! I figured if someone wanted to get in touch they could leave a comment.

It was only as I started to focus my blog on SBSC that I realised this needed to change. How could I get involved with the community if couldn’t communicate with anyone?

It was a post from Vijay that changed that, after that I sorted out an email address and after some email nudging from Vijay and various other inspirations I attended my first AMITPRO meeting

When I met all these new people I couldn’t really just introduce myself as “Andy from Andy’s Techie Blog” and I had no reason to hide anything about my business as the blog had now crossed over from just being my personal shouting space to part of a business focussed community.

That said, I attended my first user group meeting months ago and I’ve kept my blog as it is. The reason for this is i’m only anonymous there.

There are lots of people who I meet and I don’t even mention the blog so thats not an issue. I’ve also met people who know about the blog but once you’ve met them annonymity goes away so I planned at some point to quietly update some of the details on the blog so it linked back to the company site and update my “about me” page as i also agreed with a post from Karl

I also didn’t want to write a great big “who i am post” as my ego isn’t that important….too late for that now!

So where am I going with this?

I’ve been “outed”

I read a post by Paul from Accendo (who I also got to meet at the Reading event in November) where he blogged about the great response he’d had from the community for a nationwide installation he was carrying out and very kindly credited everyone involved…including me

So instead of “Andy from Andy’s Techie Blog” I’m Andy Parkes from IBIT Solutions

This isn’t an advert for the company though so I’ll leave that there!

So why am I “unifying my communications”?

One of the other reasons for this post is so I can change my e-mail address. I’m tired of having one email address for people who know me through the blog and my company email address for people I’ve met in the flesh

So if you have my andy@andyparkes.co.uk address you can get me at andy@ibitsolutions.co.uk   (drop me an email…say hi!)

As per Karl’s post I’ll update my profile page soon as well.

I’ve been planning on moving the blog onto the company domain name but haven’t quite decided how i want to that just yet

That is all!

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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