Me, my blog and I

Who I am

Boringly accurate academic and professional details can be found at my LinkedIn profile which you can view by clicking here.

Avid reader, self proclaimed maven*, pacifist, idealist, optimist, libertarian.

Fascinated by psychological profiling tests – score as an INTJ INTP** on Meyers Briggs , Resource Investigator or Monitor/Evaluator on Belbin‘s team roles depending on context, and in the Big Five my OCEAN scoring is O65-C25-E37-A2-N18.

On Tom Rath’s Strengthsfinder 2.0 my top five are:

1. Input
2. Intellection
3. Learner
4. Analytical
5. Deliberative

If it’s not obvious already, I’m a bit of a geek.

Why this blog

I started this blog in April 2006 when it became clear that email is no longer a useful vehicle for distributing information. The blog started with the kind of information I thought others in the industry would find useful – news items, reviews of new publications and events. This quickly evolved to include my opinions and a means of conversing and debating with others who write on similar topics. This army of bloggers can be found at my blogroll. Check them out.

I write, finance and maintain this website by myself, in spare moments. I am not paid to do so and do not have ads on the site. However, if you would really like contribute, I would be more than happy to receive.

Rules of engagement

The opinions in this blog are mine. They are not the opinions of former or current employers. I try to be accurate and objective, but as I am not a professional journalist, unavoidably mistakes, errors and ego will happen. Please do not rely on this blog as a qualified source of information.

Comments are welcome. I read all comments and so far have only blocked spam. That said, normal rules apply. No libel, be polite and play nicely.

Who I am not

If you have found this blog whilst looking for Melanie Starr, who appears to be a relatively famous p0rn star you will be sadly disappointed. I am not her.

And I am not Mel Starr, an author of medieval mysteries. Sorry.

*maven – a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others

**Turns out I’m more of an INTP which share many traits with INTJ. The main difference is an openendedness in decision making (the P) rather than decisiveness (the J). An ability to see lots of outcomes, which bizarrely I think is reflected on the blog.

  • Lesley LEED AP

    I like your blog – it has great attitude. I saw your linked in page and I was wondering if this is your full time profession?

  • Lesley LEED AP

    I like your blog – it has great attitude. I saw your linked in page and I was wondering if this is your full time profession?

  • Roger

    I like the blog, keep it up. I’m always looking for knowledge in the built sector.
    I was wondering if you knew of any work that’s been done on carbon and economic operational savings in buildings built to new part L VS old part L?
    You may be interested in an event we’ve put together to provide insight into Skills and Low Carbon Construction. See

  • INTJ

    I’m INTJ myself. Another key difference I’ve found, which I talk about on my page, is that INTJ’s want to really apply the things they come up with intellectually, whereas INTP’s are more content to muse for its own sake.

  • John Langford

    Thanks Mel for your Blog and site. I am trying to educate my own clients in ‘construction’ about the need to communicate with their wider audience but it is not easy. I will pass this blog around the office and hopefully it will inspire. Thanks again. John

  • Project Kernel

    Mel, Would be great to have your blog listed on Project Kernel. A new global construction networking site. Easy to import.