The Unsayable, Blogged
Sometimes on days that will live in irony I refer to myself as the Blog Queen here at Microsoft. It's wryly said because really I just run around and enable everyone else - I don't read everyone's blogs every day, like Scoble, nor do I have a super-secret-blog-gun like Raymond Chen that just cranks his blog posts out with abandon, nor really does anyone call me "Your Majesty" except in my dreams.
(Actually in my dreams, in a nightmare sequence the blogs sites or Gotdotnet goes down, and then I awaken to find my cat is biting me, so consciousness is a mixed blessing).
You may have noticed Technet blogs is up, as well as a new-platform for MSDN blogs. We're on v 1.0 software here and still ironing out the kinks and figuring out the new toys. I barely had time to put up the Gotdotnet blues song before being sucked under again by the blogs launches so that's why I haven't blogged in a while.
Anyway, my happiness for this month is that Shelly Farnham was kind enough to let me attend the Social Computing Symposium this year on the basis of a position paper that I wrote late at Microsoft one night. I wrote it with perhaps all the golden pomposity of my misspent grad student years and frankly, with that deluded sense that poetry matters in a world of technical writing. The idea is that it riffs off of (or should I say rips off) an essay by poet Donald Hall called "The Unsayable Said" which was an argument for poetry and the power of language to approach what really can't be summed up in language: the experience of being alive and being human. Blogging as a language medium also falls under the same constraints or occasional transcendent moments, but I also felt that corporate blogging also made use of that tension in a very interesting way.
You only have to watch Robert Scoble, a master of dancing back and forth across the line of what should and should not be said, to know that without that line, blogging would not be interesting. I'd be just another perky corporate hack, instead of a a self-confessed crabby customer support voice. If there weren't things in corporate life that you don't expect people from Microsoft to say, well, what fun would the blogs be?
So mostly I will go to the symposium, trot out little poetry quips and bringing my copy of the essay, and see if anyone else used the word "bozo" in their position paper. God, I hope so. :)
Live it vivid!