Blogging Off

Fare ye well bloggers.

As the last post sounds on my blog exploits it’s time to hang up my blogging boots…I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my year’s–worth of posts half as much as I’ve had the pleasure of researching, and writing commentary on, an array of topical public sector HR subjects.

It’s been a funny old year one way or another and who’d have thought that I’d be blogging on topics from the sublime to the ridiculous: such as volcano leave (see post El Tel avoids a double dip), or the more recent study into early morning eating habits and correlation with the UK work ethic (see Ban the Breakfast Bar)?

I don’t think there’s much doubt however, that a year ago I’d be commenting on the global recession and its impact not only on our fiscal condition, but also the societal and employment consequences which have featured large in my scribbling – It’s a Greek Tragedy, Why Irish Eyes aren’t Smiling, It’s all about equilibrium, It’s freezing this Christmas, Camdonation, all different manifestations of that theme – to name a few posts.

So what of the future? Can I assume a Nostradamus-like quality in this my last-ever PPMA blog post? Peering into the crystal ball I’m sure the UK-face of public service will undergo a seismic shift – not just thinned down, but very different. It remains to be seen though whether the Big Society will have as significant a long-term impact as the 1942 Beveridge report: the genesis of the Welfare State.

As I disappear over the horizon my thanks to Ten Horizon and Karen in particular for inestimable support and fantastic complementary graphics – great weren’t they?

So, post a comment please if you’ve been entertained, enlightened, annoyed, or simply amused?

I’m in the process of setting up my own website which will feature a topical HR weekly blog, so maybe it’s adieu rather than goodbye? Keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter.


By | 2017-07-30T12:23:28+01:00 March 28th, 2011|Categories: Dean Shoesmith|4 Comments


  1. Lucasta Grayson 29th March 2011 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Hi Dean,

    Thank you for an entertaining and enlightening year of blogs. I have really enjoyed reading your views and discussing them with you.

    Hope all is going well in Sutton and Merton

    Best wishes


  2. Deborah Moon 30th March 2011 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Many thanks Dean for a year of thought provoking, interesting and innovative blogs – they have become essential reading! I would also endorse your comment about the accompanying graphics which have greatly added to their enjoyment.

    Kind regards, Deborah

  3. Dean Shoesmith 30th March 2011 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Dear Lucasta,

    Thank you for your very kind comments about my posts over the year. A special big “thank you” for taking the time and trouble to post your own interesting and insightful comments in response to a number of my blog posts. I hope all is going well for you at Crawley? Things are going well on a personal level at Sutton and Merton – although in both boroughs (in common with most of the UK public sector) we are facing very challenging times of significant retrenchment and we have some very difficult people issues to handle as a result.

    Hope to see you soon on the circuit.

    Best wishes


  4. Dean Shoesmith 30th March 2011 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Dear Deborah,

    Many thanks indeed for your very generous and kind comments about my blog posts – I really appreciate your feedback and I’m pleased that you’ve found the posts interesting (that was always my aim). Karen’s done a great job with the graphics and behind the scenes has been a brilliant support for me in my blogging exploits.

    I hope to see you soon – please stay in touch and if nothing else please keep an eye out for my new blog incarnation…the HR Wordsmith!

    Best wishes


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