There's been interesting debate (well, I say interesting... I mean irritating) of late, about screenwriters' blogs being used as "press releases". Or not.
So here's my view. Our blogs are the face we present to the public, and to the industry. It's constantly possible that we will be judged solely on the first snap-shot glance that a net-surfer has of them. So we should constantly bear this in mind.
This doesn't mean that we have to bullshit. No need for bullshit at all. But ideally, we should exude positivity. After reading your latest blog-post, would you want to work with you? An interesting question for blogsters to occasionally ask themselves.
Equally, people who decry certain bloggers as press release merchants - or worse, sycophants - should also ask themselves a few questions. Mainly, why does self-promotion strike you as a bad thing? If it all offends you that much, why are you still reading? And why do people who object to showboating tend to have little worth showboating themselves?
Tonight, it's the launch bash for Doctor Who Series Four, and I'm ludicrously excited. Yes, I write for Doctor Who Magazine. And yes, I fully intend to write for the show, one day. Yet if anyone doubts my excitement about Doctor Who itself, assuming it's "propaganda" or "political positioning" or any of that other cynical crap which gets dribbled in 'net forums, then I shall (a) be gravely insulted and (b) point them in the direction of that four-year-old kid in 1979, who almost keeled over with joy when his mum brought home the first ever issue of Doctor Who Weekly.
There's a hilarious amount of quacking about modern-day Doctor Who from people who hate it. Not content with hating it, though, these quackers feel the need to cast doubt on people who love it, like religious fanatics in reverse. As if we fans know it's really rubbish, but won't admit it. Well, guess what? Maybe we just love it. Maybe it's that simple. Maybe quackers should stop quacking and secure themselves a life.
To sum up, then, our blogs will contain whatever we want them to. And if that includes a lengthy list of our achievements to date, then good for us. Hooray!