Wednesday 5 December 2007

Blogging restricted from the Council

Apologies for the lack of updates recently - I used to be able to blog from the Council, but this has been blocked in recent weeks. It has now been partially reinstated, but I can't access other people's blogs or log in to this one to edit and update. I often get home pretty late, when I've lost the will to blog and just want to have a nap.

I'm sure some will say that updating my blog isn't part of my work (I would argue that it is, as a rolling newsletter to my constituents), but it's more the principle of the thing that concerns me. The internet is huge and diverse, but this attempt to restrict it is impossible. While things with "blog" in the url are blocked, those which are not hosted through blogger or wordpress can still be accessed. So it's not a blanket ban, it's more like a colander.

Most concerning of all is that when I raised the problem with the IT helpdesk, they said "what's a blog?".


Anonymous said...

Is the City Chambers part of Chinese territory or something?

BellgroveBelle said...

We're twinned with Dalian in China, but I'm not certain that has anything to do with it!

RfS said...

Have you tried using the Blogger plugin for Word?

Word 2007 comes with it preloaded but for other versions you can download a widget and then publish straight from the document. Although I am unsure of the URLs that it uses so it may still be blocked.

Still, if your IT department don't know what a blog is you are pretty much on your own.

Anonymous said...

Ah, Glasgow Labour council democracy.

A misnomer I know......