FOIMan explains why things have been a little quiet here of late, and why that’s about to change…

The more observant amongst you will have noticed that I haven’t been blogging very often of late. There are a number of reasons for this but put simply, it’s become increasingly difficult to balance my day job, FOIMan commitments such as writing articles, training and speaking at events, blogging, and a healthy personal life.

I realised this about a year ago and over Christmas and new year it became increasingly clear to me that something had to go. So I made the obvious choice. I decided to quit my day job.

It’s taken a bit of time to prepare things (and in truth, I still don’t feel as ready as I’d like to), but from January 2014 FOIMan will be more than just my blog. It will be my livelihood.

So I hope you’ll all bear with me for the next couple of months whilst I update the website – some subtle changes have already begun (see if you can spot them). And if you know anyone who needs in-house training or help with freedom of information (from either side of the fence), data protection or records management, I’d be much obliged if you’d point them in my direction. More details of the services I’ll be offering will be published here over the coming weeks and months (and you can see some of the training courses I’ll be running already being advertised over on the Act Now Training website).

Blog posts are likely to remain fairly sparse until January as I must now add “prepare to work for myself” to the list I set out at the start of this post. But I’m intending to return to regular blogging in the new year. After all that’s how it all started…


  1. Hi Paul

    I saw your tweet and wanted to find out what you were up to. I would like to wish you every success, though I am sure you won’t need it with the good reputation you have built up. If my employer ever needs any external training I will certainly mention your name.

    Best wishes


    Alison Benson

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