Why my ego never gets out of control…

Cause if it does get out of control everyone jumps on it and kicks it in the groin. Like this:

Jeff Sandquist: “Seriously Robert, get over yourself already. A blog that is private is still a blog.” Well, that might be true, but then every Web page out there is a blog cause we can’t define what a blog means. Most people I hang around know what you mean when you say “I just blogged.” And, no, most people don’t think that you put a page up for your mom only to read after she types in a password.

Jeff, is an intranet page the same as an Internet page? So, why shouldn’t there be a different word for a blog that lives inside a corporate or personal firewall?

And, OK, I’ll grant you that my ego is out of control. Blogging is something I’m a weeeeee bit of an expert on. Do you listen to anonymous jerks who come in your office and try to tell you what a good community is or what good software looks like? So, why do you quote such when trying to argue against me?

You wouldn’t THINK of using such a wishywashy quote to convince Bill Gates of something (and you would have kicked me out of your office if I said “this anonymous guy over there said you’re wrong”). Why do you allow such on your blog but not in your office?

UPDATE: Maryam just said “I think you’re full of it. I think you’re picking on the Spaces team because they are easy to pick on. Why don’t you go pick on someone who is hard to pick on?” (She was just screaming because her Mac didn’t display her blog properly).

71 thoughts on “Why my ego never gets out of control…

  1. >>>Blogging is something I’m a weeeeee bit of an expert on.

    hmmmmmm…………….

    >>UPDATE: Maryam just said “I think you’re full of it. I think you’re picking on the Spaces team because they are easy to pick on. Why don’t you go pick on someone who is hard to pick on?” (She was just screaming because her Mac didn’t display her blog properly).

    ROFL :) Actually scoble still needs microsofts help to get attention. He does not have much to talk about his own company… the scoble that we know who provided sensible criticisms is history now…

  2. >>>Blogging is something I’m a weeeeee bit of an expert on.

    hmmmmmm…………….

    >>UPDATE: Maryam just said “I think you’re full of it. I think you’re picking on the Spaces team because they are easy to pick on. Why don’t you go pick on someone who is hard to pick on?” (She was just screaming because her Mac didn’t display her blog properly).

    ROFL :) Actually scoble still needs microsofts help to get attention. He does not have much to talk about his own company… the scoble that we know who provided sensible criticisms is history now…

  3. After the constant blood-feeding of vapidly inane over-inflated nonsensical fuzzy-accounting from the MSN Vampires, a few bitch slaps, are more than well-deserved and so very well-earned.

    Word.

  4. After the constant blood-feeding of vapidly inane over-inflated nonsensical fuzzy-accounting from the MSN Vampires, a few bitch slaps, are more than well-deserved and so very well-earned.

    Word.

  5. I have a car. I drive it multiple times every day. Therefore I’m a car expert.

    Did I design how my car works? No. Did I develop the technology behind my car? No. Do I put forth how to make my car better? Rarely, but not to car designers, since to them I’m an jerk.

    Mostly I just drive my car and am vocal about it and try to get other people to drive cars. I laugh at anonymous posts that form dissenting opinions of my car. That makes me a car expert.

  6. I have a car. I drive it multiple times every day. Therefore I’m a car expert.

    Did I design how my car works? No. Did I develop the technology behind my car? No. Do I put forth how to make my car better? Rarely, but not to car designers, since to them I’m an jerk.

    Mostly I just drive my car and am vocal about it and try to get other people to drive cars. I laugh at anonymous posts that form dissenting opinions of my car. That makes me a car expert.

  7. This discussion reminds me of the controversy surrounding the word “marriage” and who gets to decide what it means: the traditionalists or the progressives.

    I was thinking of “blog” as just the form. I’m creating an “internal blog” for my company. But as a traditionalist, I do think that the people who worked to create something are the ones who get to define it, and Robert definitely falls into that category, so I think I’ll call it something else.

    How ’bout “ploop”? :)

  8. This discussion reminds me of the controversy surrounding the word “marriage” and who gets to decide what it means: the traditionalists or the progressives.

    I was thinking of “blog” as just the form. I’m creating an “internal blog” for my company. But as a traditionalist, I do think that the people who worked to create something are the ones who get to define it, and Robert definitely falls into that category, so I think I’ll call it something else.

    How ’bout “ploop”? :)

  9. After the constant blood-feeding of vapidly inane over-inflated nonsensical fuzzy-accounting from the MSN Vampires, a few bitch slaps, are more than well-deserved and so very well-earned. I think everyone (rational) agrees on that. They brought it upon themselves.

    As to the trifling definition of a blog, fight among yourselves, I care not. All so much ‘car-wreck-in-slow-motion’ to those not playing the insipidly cultic games.

  10. After the constant blood-feeding of vapidly inane over-inflated nonsensical fuzzy-accounting from the MSN Vampires, a few bitch slaps, are more than well-deserved and so very well-earned. I think everyone (rational) agrees on that. They brought it upon themselves.

    As to the trifling definition of a blog, fight among yourselves, I care not. All so much ‘car-wreck-in-slow-motion’ to those not playing the insipidly cultic games.

  11. Just because YOU have a definition of a blog, that don’t mean it is a definition. I thought the industry was way past the days of people defining their own standards…

    Maybe you should control this a little better. Like approving everyone’s request to set up a ‘blog’ globally. Or scanning all blogs (which you seem to have the time to do anyway) and striking people off the list because they don’t hit the average word count per post bar, or because they don’t post all the time (generally the reason to the latter is because they have a life outside of tech)

  12. Just because YOU have a definition of a blog, that don’t mean it is a definition. I thought the industry was way past the days of people defining their own standards…

    Maybe you should control this a little better. Like approving everyone’s request to set up a ‘blog’ globally. Or scanning all blogs (which you seem to have the time to do anyway) and striking people off the list because they don’t hit the average word count per post bar, or because they don’t post all the time (generally the reason to the latter is because they have a life outside of tech)

  13. Ben: I want more blogs that add something to the conversation. Now, go back and read those blogs I made fun of and tell me ANYTHING they added to the conversation ANYWHERE.

    Sometimes the world needs a little elitism.

    But, you do make a good point. I should be more encouraging to new bloggers. I just don’t think we gain anything by setting the bar so low.

  14. Ben: I want more blogs that add something to the conversation. Now, go back and read those blogs I made fun of and tell me ANYTHING they added to the conversation ANYWHERE.

    Sometimes the world needs a little elitism.

    But, you do make a good point. I should be more encouraging to new bloggers. I just don’t think we gain anything by setting the bar so low.

  15. I must admit that I have been a little surprised about your rant on what constitutes a blog. Your list of recently updated ‘spaces’ mocking people who would write about their cat or their children is quite condescending and not something I would expect from someone who I thought wants to see blogging grow.

    Here are a few rules you might like to remember about blogging that it seems you’ve forgotten in your elite traffic-filled days:

    1. You can blog about anything.
    2. You can blog as little or as often as you like.
    3. You don’t have to have been blogging for X years before it is considered a blog.
    4. You don’t need Robert Scoble to acknowledge your blog for it to become a real blog.

    Btw, I agree that Microsoft touting they have the most blogs is pretty ridiculous, meaningless and utter crap too. They obviously have a size complex and I don’t want to know where in the company it might originate from.

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