I don’t mind being pitched (oh, and Montana blogger meals)

Jeremy Waggstaff, a Wall Street Journal columnist, talks about my experiences getting pitched by PR people while my mom is terminally ill.

I don't mind getting pitched. It's how I'll come out with something new to say that TechCrunch or Dave Winer won't have on their blogs. Please do tell me about the cool new software you're writing. Or the cool new iPod you're designing. Or the Second Life experience you're having.

But, demonstrate to me you read my blog and I'll be far far more likely to be interested in you. See, this is human nature. I gravitate toward people who like me and away from people who don't like me. Most people I've met in my travels behave like that.

Which brings me to the next point. A reader of mine, Todd Kenck, introduced me to John O'Donnell, who runs the TechRanch, which is a place that helps technology ventures get started in Montana. So, we're gonna meet there at 11 a.m. on Thursday in Bozeman. Then I'll be in Billings, MT on Thursday night.

Anyone else wanna meet up those two times? Or on Friday morning in Billings? Let me know and we'll get it together.

Thanks to my mom for getting me to visit this community. It's nice to be able to hang out with geeks during this time. I can't even imagine what families did before Wifi or cell modems and PCs. Watching a parent sleep in their final days is mighty boring.

Comments

  1. Yes, multitasking can get very surreal. I’ll be doing it this afternoon from my vet’s clinic as my service dog and beloved partner, Lilly, undergoes the first of what could be a battery of tests to determine what’s wrong with her left rear leg. I can’t really afford the testing, but I owe her every chance to get well.

    I don’t know what computing device you have with you, but, if you get REALLY bored, check out http://www.conchbbs.com/xpress-it.shtml. download Xpress-It and try it. Approach it with the premise that doctors suddenly told you you’d never speak or write another word by hand, but you wanted to retain some semblance of your current life. Would Xpress-It enable you to do it? Yes, if my experiences at Shell Oil were any indication. Xpress-It still blows away any other commercially avsilable while still allowing that same computer to be used for other things.

    Well, there’s my pitch, and why I still need your help after your mother’s situation is resolved.

    courage, my friend.

  2. Yes, multitasking can get very surreal. I’ll be doing it this afternoon from my vet’s clinic as my service dog and beloved partner, Lilly, undergoes the first of what could be a battery of tests to determine what’s wrong with her left rear leg. I can’t really afford the testing, but I owe her every chance to get well.

    I don’t know what computing device you have with you, but, if you get REALLY bored, check out http://www.conchbbs.com/xpress-it.shtml. download Xpress-It and try it. Approach it with the premise that doctors suddenly told you you’d never speak or write another word by hand, but you wanted to retain some semblance of your current life. Would Xpress-It enable you to do it? Yes, if my experiences at Shell Oil were any indication. Xpress-It still blows away any other commercially avsilable while still allowing that same computer to be used for other things.

    Well, there’s my pitch, and why I still need your help after your mother’s situation is resolved.

    courage, my friend.

  3. This just makes me terribly sad, and, well, don’t really know what to say. The natural tendency is to hope that she gets better, but, well… Well done to you for holding together so well under the circumstances, though; I’m not sure that I would.

  4. This just makes me terribly sad, and, well, don’t really know what to say. The natural tendency is to hope that she gets better, but, well… Well done to you for holding together so well under the circumstances, though; I’m not sure that I would.

  5. Sorry I’m not close enough even to that state to take advantage.
    Post again if you close in on St. Louis; there are several folks here that might be interested to meet you in person.

  6. Sorry I’m not close enough even to that state to take advantage.
    Post again if you close in on St. Louis; there are several folks here that might be interested to meet you in person.

  7. 2nd comment because I forgot to say something about the pitching.

    There is nothing wrong with letting folks know you’d prefer mutual interest to them dumping on you to pay attention to them. Good grief. :)

    In our day and age, the idea of forming any kind of real relationship is dead. I’m not going to blame tech for that, but the age of instant this and that, I believe, sometimes leads folks, like my son, into the instant relationship mode.

    It’s like every relationship folks want to form, they want to make sure it has a dispose module built in.

    Take care, stay strong, pray,
    Todd

  8. 2nd comment because I forgot to say something about the pitching.

    There is nothing wrong with letting folks know you’d prefer mutual interest to them dumping on you to pay attention to them. Good grief. :)

    In our day and age, the idea of forming any kind of real relationship is dead. I’m not going to blame tech for that, but the age of instant this and that, I believe, sometimes leads folks, like my son, into the instant relationship mode.

    It’s like every relationship folks want to form, they want to make sure it has a dispose module built in.

    Take care, stay strong, pray,
    Todd

  9. Robert, one of the things that makes your blogging so compelling is your humanity (including ability to put yourself in another’s place), openness, and apparent honesty. I take it that how you write is how you are. You have good common sense and seem very approachable. Just keep on being who you are without worrying about the analysis of other bloggers. I now read your blog every day. Some actors portray a character and the audience does not care about that character; other actors pull you into the character and you care deeply. You are like the latter.

  10. Robert, one of the things that makes your blogging so compelling is your humanity (including ability to put yourself in another’s place), openness, and apparent honesty. I take it that how you write is how you are. You have good common sense and seem very approachable. Just keep on being who you are without worrying about the analysis of other bloggers. I now read your blog every day. Some actors portray a character and the audience does not care about that character; other actors pull you into the character and you care deeply. You are like the latter.