...isn't what I expected it to be. To begin with I thought we'd converge on a 'house style' -- but the effect of having a stable team seems to be that we're feeling more confident about going in our own directions. That's probably also an effect of the very hands-off editorial style that exists: Although I mark up every essay, I make no corrections or alterations. It's a system that could only work on the web. When I used to do print, editing was a big part of what I did -- word counts, magazine style. I would have to make changes because it would be too slow to consult and rewrite. Not so with email. So: Upsideclown is more individual than I thought. Already, different people prefer different authors. No consensus there either. And this is all good, very good.

Today we present Neil's more diary-like piece: Parent Power.