Public CIO Magazine has an article on blogging called The Coming of blog.gov by Blake Harris that I’m part of. Blake asked a lot of good questions and we talked for a while.
That is why the Utah state government’s brash foray into blogging stands out. A few months after becoming Utah’s CIO in 2001, Phillip Windley began blogging personally.
“It wasn’t very long after that — a month or so — that I realized there could be a lot of value to an organization if there were people inside the organization who blogged,” Windley explained. “I could see how when I wrote stuff on my blog, people who worked for me and people who worked in IT throughout the state, as well as others, would respond to it. I thought, “This is cool. I’ve got a channel to essentially talk to these people.’”
Government bloggers face special challenges. It will be very difficult to create a culture where authors will feel free to write without political retribution.