So long and thanks for all the fish

Thanks readers, commenters, observers and well-wishers.  I’ve had a great time work-blogging here.  I’ve been doing it for over five years!  I guess that makes this one of the first public sector blogs in the UK – and certainly one of the few which sought to record what we were up to in a national body working with local government on a week by week if not a day by day basis.

And as my role in at the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) which then became Local Government Improvement and Development changed, so did this blog.  I shifted from performance to policy to social media and open data.

It’s been a fabulous journey.

But as with all things, there comes an end.  And the end for this blog is now.  All posts have been removed from view and there won’t be any more.

I’ve only a short time left with my current employers – about a month.  I’m off to new adventures soon.  But I won’t be sharing them here.

But, of course, I’ll still be blogging! You can join me here at and who knows where else you may see me popping up.

And as for my new life….well, I’m open to offers.  And I’m always up for a cup of coffee to chat things over.


8 Responses to “So long and thanks for all the fish”

  1. Lisa Says:

    I wish you the best with your future blogging, but must say that I find your deletion of all the blog’s previous posts to be poor form. Those posts were part of a conversation and a community, and (evidenced by the section to the right of this page) your readers had taken the time and care to comment.

  2. Etienne pollard Says:

    Why were all the old posts hidden? Did your former employer ask you to take them down, or did you decide to do so unilaterally? Either way it’s a rather odd thing to do.

  3. Ingrid Koehler Says:

    No content has been destroyed. But my employers will not be able to curate this blog and are seeking to rationalise their web assets.

    Join me at the new place for content and conversation!

  4. Etienne Pollard Says:

    “No content has been destroyed” – it might be sitting on a hard drive somewhere undeleted, but if it’s no longer visible on the Internet then it’s effectively been destroyed.

    Can’t you just turn off comments and leave the content online? Marginal cost = zero, marginal benefit = greater than zero.

  5. Ingrid Koehler Says:

    all five years of my posts are still online!

  6. Etienne Pollard Says:

    Are they all visible to the general public? No, they’re not – see, for instance, which just gives a 404 not found error. I would give other links, but they’ve all been hidden.

    “Online” does not mean “sitting on a server, visible only to people with the right login details”, it means “visible to the casually browsing general public, ever if just read-only with no comments allowed”. Or have you moved the posts somewhere else (in which case, why on earth did you break thousands of inbound links)?

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