Personal blogging by Steph Gray, former digital agency founder and erstwhile bureaucrat


Blogging as thinking

December 31, 2018

2008-9 was a good time for me. I was a few months into an amazing new job thinking about how a government department might use social media creatively for communications and policymaking; and in the early months too of being a new dad. Work-wise, our little team did some amazing things that year, from low…

Blogging about blogging

June 26, 2013

Last week, Team Helpful took a day off to focus on kick starting the revamp of our website. The results will hopefully appear soon, but one thing that won’t be appearing on the new site is a blog. Or at least, not in the conventional sense. As a civil servant working in digital six years…

The Emperor’s new clothes (and why it’s now OK to point)

August 1, 2011

Maybe Friday afternoons make people bolder. But I think there’s a longer-term shift happening. Last Friday, the ever-interesting insider @pubstrat published an interesting piece gently critiquing the new e-petitions service, arguing — rightly, I think — that requiring petitioners to specify the responsible central government Department for their issue is a step backwards: A solution…

Voices in the crowd

December 19, 2008

“Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom. Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred.” Lev Grossman, Time Magazine Photo credit: Stephen McLeod Guido Fawkes is switching to a reputation and…

A new conversation

June 7, 2008

Hello again. Some 12 years after I started, it’s high time I got a personal site up and running again. Digging through my old files, I was amused to see the home page message that first appeared on Steph Online, back in 1996: As there is so much, ahem, rubbish on the Net, here I…