The Problem With Calling Them Out

One of the blogs I visit caused a fair amount of consternation this week. Paul Stamatiou posted on bloggers to retain their (me too i guess) blog’s integrity and reputation.

Parts of the post make a lot of sense. Paul usually does make sense. The message of the post is clear .. know your stuff. It has given me a kick in the pants, making me try and tighten up my posts.

However, it doesn’t stop me cringing a little upon reading the post. There’s a fair bit of arrogance behind it (arrogance isn’t bad). Not because of the statements themselves, but how they are delivered. Paul is an A-List blogger, in my opinion. He’s got a pretty large audience. Obviously, blogs are opinions. That’s cool. Paul’s entitled to his. I just think the message could have been delivered with a little more .. i guess .. meekness.

Some of his phrasing, particularly with reference to Robert Scoble, Donna Bogatin, and Steve Rubel, was pretty alienating. I’m not going to go into any theories as to why the post was written. Just that I think it could have been written differently. A general callout. Maybe some carefully pointed but disguised digs. A little tongue in cheek humor. But ..

BUT BUT BUT

Then we wouldn’t be talking about it. I probably wouldn’t be writing about it. It wouldn’t be news. So .. my opinion really matters squat in this.

It’s pretty easy to have a bad day. Lots of people have them I’m told. Maybe Paul was having one. I’ve had one once. Or twice.

On a different note, today I was doing a bit more thinking about the social aspects of the web. Linking mostly. The linking of each other’s blogs.

Personally, I’m not into the swapping links like crazy, hardly speaking with people, just blinging them up. That’s got it’s advantages, sure. You get a lot of spider-webby networking going on. People visiting your site can visit ten other people’s etc etc. I’d rather have a few links, and those links are people I know, or have some tighter connection with than just .. TEH WEB AWESOMELY.

Haven’t been able to wrench myself away from work (ha ha) to get some comics up. I’ve got them in my drawing book, lots of them .. just getting it from there (or my brain) into the computer takes a while longer, even with the blessed Wacom.

Soon. But not yet. But soon.