On Coming Home

I certainly hadn’t expected as much attention as I got for my departure of Nature Blogs. I’ve had supportive comments, rude comments, and a few in between. Regardless, however, I feel comfortable with the move. I never was sure who was reading my posts at Nature Blogs, and the lack of knowledge of who my audience is left me somewhat hesitant to write posts over there. I suspect I’ll be happier back in my own little corner.

Regardless of what people think, I want to make one thing clear: I’m not leaving because I think Microsoft or Microsoft employees do not have a right to blog at Nature Blogs. They do, and they can write about whatever they want while they’re there.

I left for the single fact that where ever Microsoft is, I don’t want to be. I don’t believe that the editors of the 4th paradigm blog will be able to completely divorce themselves from their work with Microsoft projects. Further, I don’t think it’s their intent to try – nor do I expect them to. I just don’t want to be around for it. This is a personal decision and I’m standing up for the things that matter to me. That is to say, I don’t expect it to matter to anyone else, and I certainly don’t intend to change the behaviour and plans of anyone at Nature Blogs – let alone Microsoft.

Frankly, it would have been hypocritical of me to stay. Anyone who knows me will be aware of my ability to launch into several hour long tirades about Microsoft’s lack of ethics and long list of illegal behaviours dating back to their founding. Its just a serious part of who I am. I do not tolerate Microsoft’s behaviour and I will continue to cut them out of my life at every opportunity.

Right, and now that that’s cleared up, I have some code changes to make, some research to do, and a lot of very interesting results to make sense of – Not to mention an Application Note to polish off today. For those who’ve followed me here, thanks for your support!

3 thoughts on “On Coming Home

    • @Will: Obviously, someone in Microsoft saw some added value ;)

      More generally, a few of the “old guard” are pretty unhappy at the way NN has developed its profile over the last year or so. Poor upgrades to the software, lack of attention to the hopes and dreams of bloggers, lack of (polite) communication with the bloggers from NN staff…

      One complaint that’s been raised, that I tend to disagree with, is the recent influx of new bloggers to the network. I think I recall hearing a law of blogging that stated one should never blog for more than two years, unless you wish to repeat yourself constantly. New blood is required, new cliques will form. The cosy “old guard” have to adapt or risk becoming obsolete.

      Anthony, I think you’ve done the most sensible thing in your situation, heading back to pastures, ummm, old.

  1. Hey, Anthony,

    I just wanted to say that I feel a tiny bit responsible for your move over there; I had been a regular reader of this blog (and still faithfully read all of your support e-mails about FindPeaks although I give up on ever having the time myself to rehash my data from a couple of years ago with it), and I had pushed hard to have you come over to NN at a time when they were asking for new blogger suggestions.

    I don’t have any particular gripe with NN. I think that there is a large part of stochastic social rearrangements in which communities thrive or founder, on the Internet. I’ve been parts of other “old guards” before, and they usually gently disaggregate over time, and new ones form. But, it’s telling: I’ve gotten completely out of the habit of browsing blogs. When I do go read blogs, it’s not often on NN anymore, unless they are posts by “old friends” – which are becoming fewer and farther between. My habits are changing, the communities are changing, and nothing is ever certain except change.

    I agree with Mike’s comments, in particular the next-t0-last paragraph, but I wonder when people complain about lack of support: doesn’t ANYONE remember the DIY days, when we didn’t have hand-holders? Methinks bloggers, especially those who are gonna be part of a stable, are a tiny bit spoiled. But I don’t pretend to be cutting-edge in this respect. Anyhow, when you come back to your own blog like this, you have no one to complain to except yourself, and I have respect for that position.

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