Here I am, back from my holiday, refreshed and raring to go. I will admit that I was feeling rather jaded before my break, and wondering whether AML – or more specifically, AML and I – had run its course. As I mentioned in a previous post, one of my workshops was rather poorly attended. And then there was the damnation with faint praise. Someone contacted me, asking for information, and observed that they had been given my name by a colleague who found my services “mildly helpful”. After a quarter-century of living and breathing AML, this rather rocked me back on my heels. But I have decided to be amused by it, and have instructed my husband to put it on my gravestone: Here lies Susan Grossey – beloved wife and mildly helpful.
However, there is often a grain of truth in such comments, and while I was away I started to wonder whether I am indeed spending my AML energy where it can do the most good. Some time ago I stopped tweeting in the AML community (I still tweet in my other persona, as an author of historical financial crime novels – @ConstablePlank). Do you miss my AML tweets? I stopped partly because I was told that in the regulated community very few people are allowed to access Twitter at work, so it seemed a bit pointless to target a market that was not allowed to read me. But should I tweet again?
And on my company website, I have a Newsroom. Every day I check numerous news sources and put links to relevant stories on this page. I have quite specific requirements – it can’t be rumour/gossip, and I prefer to report convictions rather than charges, although I will make an exception for well-known names – and it does take about thirty minutes a day to check all relevant stories and select the ones to link. Do you even know about the Newsroom? Is it worth doing?
With your feedback, who knows? By this time next year, I might have bumped up my rating to a dizzying “rather helpful”.