Lots of speaking today, thanks to my friends

Whew, lots of speaking this morning. Talked with the Seattle Chamber of Commerce already, am meeting with information officers from all sorts of government branches in 20 minutes, talking at Amazon around noon.

What's interesting about speaking is what you learn. I love talking with business people who are trying to learn how to make their businesses work better. People are still trying to figure out how search engines work and how that's disrupting their businesses. There were lots of scribbling when Shel and I talked about search engine optimization.

On another topic. I've been getting some very nice emails and phone calls from you all. I got one from Dave Sifry, founder of Technorati, today that's going to keep a smile on my face for days. I won't tell you what he said, but this journey has been quite remarkable.

It's the relationships that are magical. It's the small things in life. It's getting more people onto the Web and into using technology to connect with other people who care about what they care about. It's about listening. I haven't done enough of that. I'm gonna listen to Dave's voice mail again. And again. And again. Anytime I need a smile.

We need more smiles. Hope you have one today.

67 thoughts on “Lots of speaking today, thanks to my friends

  1. Sorry about the late response — accidentally stepped into the Real World for a bit.

    Aaron – thanks for the compliment – feel free to repost! Though I’m not sure if the attribution should go to me or Coulter. LOL Geez, maybe I should start writing plays…

    The second “feted” should probably be “vaunted” instead. Now where’s my quill pen…?

  2. Sorry about the late response — accidentally stepped into the Real World for a bit.

    Aaron – thanks for the compliment – feel free to repost! Though I’m not sure if the attribution should go to me or Coulter. LOL Geez, maybe I should start writing plays…

    The second “feted” should probably be “vaunted” instead. Now where’s my quill pen…?

  3. make that movie

    I don’t “make” them, I write them. Difference, like as in DGA vs. WGA. But I know the pipeline so it’s no idle boast, but then it can be a shark-filled town, things greenlight or optioned can still languish for years, and, plus, I am outside of the promised-land now (LA). So yeah, good point (point taken), until it’s gold, shalt not “brag”. Lesson Microsoft could learn as well. ;)

    I would absolutely refuse giving them to you.

    Well then I will just have to make another fort, better and bigger. Or storm the castle walls (which isn’t as easy).

    PS – Michael Lent’s book “Breakfast with Sharks” is a godsend.

  4. make that movie

    I don’t “make” them, I write them. Difference, like as in DGA vs. WGA. But I know the pipeline so it’s no idle boast, but then it can be a shark-filled town, things greenlight or optioned can still languish for years, and, plus, I am outside of the promised-land now (LA). So yeah, good point (point taken), until it’s gold, shalt not “brag”. Lesson Microsoft could learn as well. ;)

    I would absolutely refuse giving them to you.

    Well then I will just have to make another fort, better and bigger. Or storm the castle walls (which isn’t as easy).

    PS – Michael Lent’s book “Breakfast with Sharks” is a godsend.

  5. Yes indeed, it’s amazing what a few magic words can do eh Robert?

    Nope Chris, from your last post you have proven that you are indeed a power hungry individual. If I had the keys to the fort I would absolutely refuse giving them to you. (This also includes Hollywood) but sure, make that movie and let the people decide. My sister’s boyfriend (also full of himself) once insulted me in my own home while making reference to all these great people, I still have the scar from his tooth in my knuckle. You remind me of him.

  6. Yes indeed, it’s amazing what a few magic words can do eh Robert?

    Nope Chris, from your last post you have proven that you are indeed a power hungry individual. If I had the keys to the fort I would absolutely refuse giving them to you. (This also includes Hollywood) but sure, make that movie and let the people decide. My sister’s boyfriend (also full of himself) once insulted me in my own home while making reference to all these great people, I still have the scar from his tooth in my knuckle. You remind me of him.

  7. Jonathan, Re strumpette,

    it looks like it was a con from the get go by a guy ( not to be named here- he’s an infamous troll), so your “Wonder if a 40-year old, bald dude” isn’t too far off.

    Go to doc searles’ blog to check out all the links to the blog scam.

  8. Jonathan, Re strumpette,

    it looks like it was a con from the get go by a guy ( not to be named here- he’s an infamous troll), so your “Wonder if a 40-year old, bald dude” isn’t too far off.

    Go to doc searles’ blog to check out all the links to the blog scam.

  9. Hey ya Scoble… this is quite the opposite of what you’ve written about asking for the best flames. ^_^

    It’s nice that you seem to be looking positive again…

  10. Hey ya Scoble… this is quite the opposite of what you’ve written about asking for the best flames. ^_^

    It’s nice that you seem to be looking positive again…

  11. Sorry for hijacking the post, but I find it interesting to follow the whole Strumpette chaos, since you linked to it in your comments about the “Steve Rubel dead pool”. Well, I figured I’d check it out today and to see if the Strumpette vs. Edelman verbal battle is over. Well, it appears that Strumpette, aka Amanda Chapel, aka “Ms. Perky Boobs”, aka PR ho, either forgot to pay her web hosting bill or they’re shutting down her account. As of 2:40pm PST today here account is in “Account Suspended” status. While she’s the the #1 hit on Google for the search word “Strumpette” that doesn’t work either. Hmmmm, either the servers are getting hammered, Edelman has called in some favors or Amanda can’t pay her bills. I wonder if she isn’t attempting another Jennifer Cutler play and perhaps she could have a sugar daddy to pay her web hosting bill. Either way, I find the whole fiasco funny and sad at the same time. Makes me wonder if this isn’t just an Edelman vs. competitor blog, which would be more noise rather than sites that truly bring value.

    Alas, I guess if you pose and talk about your purported sexcapades then you might get yourself a book deal and perhaps movie deal. Wonder if a 40-year old, bald dude could parlay that somehow? Nah, my boobs aren’t perky. Back to real work….

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