By christophersaul on Jan 31, 2010
Now that Sun has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle, it appears that there will be some changes to the way our blogs operate.
Oracle's policy is that blogs hosted on Oracle owned infrastructure discuss topics that are related to our work at Oracle and not cover personal topics.
For this reason, after nearly five years and 1,197 posts, I have moved my blog to here - http://christophersaul.wordpress.com
I can understand Oracle's policy, but I do think it's a bit of a shame. Granted, I mainly write about things that have little to do with my professional life, aside from things that happen to me during work related travel, but even then the link's a bit tenuous. That said, I think having employees blog about whatever they want to whilst using the company platform to do so gives the company a human face.
Still, my burblings will continue at their new location - and I hope my regular readers will continue to follow me there.
I am immensely thankful to Sun for encouraging so many of us to take up blogging and for making it so easy to do so. Linda Scrocki, now sadly no longer at Sun, played a major role in that process. I've found it rewarding and cathartic. It even lead to my writing a couple of columns for Arabian Business, something I enjoyed immensely.
Having my blog on Sun's site has doubtless helped me find readers I might otherwise not have and I have enjoyed seeing 'Chris Saul's Blog' consistenly placed about two thirds of the way down Sun's top 100 blogs on the BSC home page. Not that many customers found out interesting things about our products, but at least they got to enjoy rants about Dubai's traffic, updates on my work trips and thoughts on random topics.
I don't know what will happen to my Sun blog as it is today. I expect it will be deleted at some point in the near future, or will stay idle, just in case I have some interesting work stuff to blog about in future. More importantly, it's still not clear if I will have a job with the new organisation, but let's not dwell on that for now!
Either way, I have managed to export the posts to the new site. Unfortunately, photos uploaded to blogs.sun.com will not follow - I can't face copying 100+ files over to Wordpress. Maybe I will get around to it at some point though.
So, Christopher Saul's blog is dead - long live Christopher Saul's blog.