Do Not Read On…

According to my web stats, the popularity of this blog keeps growing – hoorah! But a funny thing is starting to happen. People keep talking to me about it. You know, old fashioned talk, sometimes over the phone, sometimes in person. It seems some people prefer old-fashioned talk to fancy new ways of communicating. How strange that a blog would provoke conversation. Even more strangely, it seems people talk about my blog without reading it. So I get people asking me things like “I hear you wrote something outrageous about [insert name of business here], what was it? Erm, well, if I wanted to stand on a soapbox and rant I would spend my Sundays down Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park. I do not. That is why I write the blog instead. And if people do not want to read it, well, they are in the majority, but it is pretty irritating to have someone call you because somebody else said I had written something that might be a bit – how shall I say it? – uncompromising. So, to clarify things, here are a few principles I abide by and encourage you all to share:

  • I write what I think. If it means I make less money or upset some people, so be it.
  • If you do not like what I think and find it upsetting, feel free to stop reading, refuse to do business with me, ignore me at parties and so on.
  • I never publish information I receive privately or in confidence, so all I ever blog about is what is already in the public domain and my opinions.
  • I do not pick on anybody in particular. Everybody is fair game. Complaining about rough treatment is pointless because nobody gets treated better than anyone else.
  • I cannot abide hypocrites. A good example would be people who moan an awful lot about how much I moan. I try to be fair to everyone but if anyone is going to get a rough ride, it will be hypocrites.
  • What I write is published in public for everyone to see. If you want to know what I wrote, read it. If you want to know why I wrote it, read it. It is all very self-explanatory. There is no need for further explanation. So there is no point calling me and asking what I wrote and why I wrote it.

Now, you may have noticed that the title of this piece was “do not read on…” But you did! So you have been warned at least twice now. Most of the time I get grumpy and blog about revenue assurance and vendors and consultants and telcos in general and other stuff because they/it/we are rubbish. (I did warn you.) When I am not grumpy about things being rubbish, I get grumpy because I hear people talking about how great everything is supposed to be. Well, not everything is great. I feel pretty entitled to try to balance things by pointing that out. So this is not a “feel good” blog. But it makes me feel good to do it. It may make you feel a bit better when you read it. I suggest you come back for more if you feel the same way as I do. Otherwise, my advice is… well I think you probably get the idea by now ;)

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.