To Blog or Not To Blog…

We have been having some internal discussion at the company I work for about blogging both internally and externally.

Now I am not very prolific or anything so my blog is probably not a big deal. In fact it seems like it is more of a novelty than anything else. Every now and then someone will come up to me and tell me that they stumbled across my blog and found a couple of interesting (i.e. funny) things. The issue “the company” has with blogging is twofold; first that I not reveal anything that would compromise the competitive secrets or that I not tarnish the image. Both of which I understand I have honored. I don’t mention any specific vendors or names. I mean really – what programmer in the Enterprise has not had a problem with the infrastructure folks.

Internally, we want to start blogging as a way of documenting things in the same vein that MSFT seems to be going – that is that is more than just communicating what is going on at any given moment but also as a way of documenting things. I find it interesting how many blogs MSFT people have posted and the amount of information on them. In fact, many blogs seem to be a replacement for traditional documentation. Which as long as I have a strong search engine – works fine for me.

Which brings me to the one thing that is preventing me from rolling internal blogs out – how do I find anything. We plan on using MOSS and Office 2007 as our blogging platform, which actually works pretty well. The only concern is how strong the MOSS search engine is. I guess the only way to tell is to try, but I am just dragging my heals. I have so much other stuff on my plate that it’s hard to get any momentum behind this.

As I write this I feel the energy building, I just hate a whiner.