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John Patrick: the fine art of blogging

John Patrick is a founding member and chairman of the Global Internet Project and a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT.

By Stuart Crainer 01 June 2002

John Patrick is a founding member and chairman of the Global Internet Project and a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT. He led IBM’s charge into e-business. After 35 years with IBM, where he was chief Internet technology officer, Patrick is now a speaker and author.


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How would you describe yourself?


I am not a consultant, that’s not my thing. I like to write and speak and participate on boards so I would describe myself as an author, lecturer and hobbyist. I love technology. I like acquiring it. Look at this digital camera I have just bought. It’s Japanese – called “Che-ez!” – you wear it around your neck, it’s very small and has a USB connection. So I like to fool with technology.

The thing I’m into at the moment is “blogging”, building and maintaining a web log. It is similar to discussion groups but the best description is that a web log is a diary. I have just written one about a spray paint I bought! People are now making a living from blogging and I think that blogging may well emerge as potentially the primary source of published material. That’s radical but possible. So, I enjoy communicating, sharing experiences and over the years I’ve learned to communicate fairly well, I think.

Some people have a passion for golf, I don’t. I would just as soon be doing something with my computer. I don’t see emails as work. It is communicating with people so I don’t bother to measure how much time I spend answering emails. The thing I don’t enjoy is spam. It is now encroaching on our personal lives in a very offensive way. People are stealing our time and I’m very concerned about this.


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