Posted tagged ‘anonymity’

Let’s Spread Some Good News

November 30, 2010

He doesn't endorse us, but maybe Russell might appreciate our efforts!

Russell Howard does many wonderful things, including what I consider an excellent TV show entitled Russell Howard’s Good News.  In this he trawls the news stations, papers and websites, picking out some things which deserve ridicule and being picked apart which he does with aplomb.

However, he also makes a special point to pick out some simple good news stories which should be shared for good’s sake.  These are things with no pithy punchline or demand for incredulity; rather they are stories which perhaps are a little unusual but which bring a smile to the face and warmth to the heart.

In no way are we trying to compare ourselves favourably to he of TV fame, but we do identify with what he is striving to do.  We too like picking apart some of the funnier and stranger goings on in our own little corner of the world, attacking where we feel it is needed and defending on occasion as well.

With this in mind we would like to announce our first direct call out to our readers.  Over the past few months we have seen our readership rise from ourselves (seriously, one week we had a total of 20 views, and a dozen of these were by my Mum) to thousands of people a week.  Whilst we would love to think it is our prose which attracts you to these pages in reality we know it is probably down to the fact that you work in or with local government and can share in our musings. (more…)

So why do we wear ninja masks?

November 25, 2010

Here at We Love Local Government Towers we are a friendly lot.  We share ideas and opinions freely, disagreeing often but with ideas and not individuals, which means no matter what is said we are rarely if ever offended by each other.

However, the WLLG Towers are a fictional building; we in fact inhabit far less light-hearted environments and are spread around various public sector organisations at a variety of levels.  In these organisations fear, mistrust and intrigue abound, and often we are not as free to express our real thoughts and opinions for fear of vilification, discrimination and possible retribution.

These, and a few others, are the reason that we set up this anonymous blog in the first place, and we wanted to take a minute to look at our decision to stay anonymous in a little detail.

I would like to say that there was an extensive period of planning after the need for this blog was identified: that we wrote plans, formulated policies, established and benchmarked procedures and formed steering groups to guide us on our blogging journey.  Suffice to say, we didn’t.  In fact, we threw away our learning from our years of service and went a bit crazy by just coming up with an idea in a corridor and within fifteen minutes getting it done.

There was no grand plan, no strategy as to the long term success or otherwise to our adventure.  In fact, in those early days posts were few and far between, with two or three a week feeling quite busy.  We got ourselves into the swing of just writing things down, learning how to do it as we went, and just talked about things which amused us.  We had a readership of less than five, two of which were writing the posts, and nearly threw a party the first time one of our posts was seen by someone we didn’t know. (more…)