Scoble, your blog is lame lately

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I just got an email that told me my blog is lame lately and that I haven’t been updating it the way I should.

The emailer is right.

But I’ve been doing research and building relationships and hanging out at conferences. Shoot me. If my blog is lame, go read TechMeme. There’s lots of bloggers taking up the slack here.

Anyway, here’s some things I’ve been doing.

1. Loading more videos into ScobleShow. Just this week there’s five new interviews. Some good stuff there, including a guy who started a social network and convinced 20% of the people in his town of Burlington, Vermont, to join in! (Interview was done from Google’s New York googleplex too) and a new presentation tool that makes far better PowerPoint presentations.
2. Spending a lot of time on Facebook. Researching the latest stuff takes time and adding 500 new contacts this week alone takes time.
3. Ignoring email. I have more than 1,000 emails. If you’ve sent me one, I am not answering it. This week at least. Sorry.
4. Trying to read feeds. I haven’t gotten to many feeds this week, but I still get to them as often as I can — in the past month I’ve shared more than 1,600 items.
5. Spoke at two different conferences, Supernova and Virtual Goods Summit.
6. Loaded new photos up on Flickr. Including one of Kevin, above. He’s one of the early investors in Facebook.
7. Spent some time on Twitter.
8. Spent some time on Jaiku.
9. Spent some time on Kyte.tv.
10. Went to three evening events this week.
11. Was interviewed by three media outlets.
12. Worked on a Fast Company column due today (not finished with that).
13. Going Photowalking tonight.

Add into that family and chores and stuff like that.

Anyway, yeah, I have focused a bit less on the blog lately. Come leave a video over on my Kyte channel and tell me how lame my blog has gotten lately. It might motivate me to write a killer post about how Facebook is ruining the world or something like that! :-)

42 thoughts on “Scoble, your blog is lame lately

  1. Hi Robert,

    Don’t let the (few) critics get to you =) Internet is a free space, if they don’t want to read your blog, don’t.

    When I saw the pic of Kevin up there, I thought he was the one who dissed you.

    anyway, thx and keep it up!

  2. Hi Robert,

    Don’t let the (few) critics get to you =) Internet is a free space, if they don’t want to read your blog, don’t.

    When I saw the pic of Kevin up there, I thought he was the one who dissed you.

    anyway, thx and keep it up!

  3. I think Scoble does it to raise his online profile and for that reason only. I think if Scoble traded with Bill Gates for a day and had that type of wealth or even with Craig Mundie, that he would instantly give up all of this.
    Gates is also a huge tech nut and doesn’t even have a blog. He doesn’t need to boost his profile any more than it already is.
    Scoble won’t work at Podtech Networks forever, and my guess is he’s raising his public profile for a high paying next step.

    Programmers do that by doing interesting research and working on notable projects. Scoble achieves this by making sure his name stays out there as much as possible as a marketer.

  4. I think Scoble does it to raise his online profile and for that reason only. I think if Scoble traded with Bill Gates for a day and had that type of wealth or even with Craig Mundie, that he would instantly give up all of this.
    Gates is also a huge tech nut and doesn’t even have a blog. He doesn’t need to boost his profile any more than it already is.
    Scoble won’t work at Podtech Networks forever, and my guess is he’s raising his public profile for a high paying next step.

    Programmers do that by doing interesting research and working on notable projects. Scoble achieves this by making sure his name stays out there as much as possible as a marketer.

  5. Checked out kyte.tv – dunno if it’s me but the quality is sub-par for me.

    Oscal’s right but only you can decide which to cut out of your life. You know what’s killing you and what’s not. But on a general basis, I’d argue that if it doesn’t help you on PodTech then it goes. Period.

  6. Checked out kyte.tv – dunno if it’s me but the quality is sub-par for me.

    Oscal’s right but only you can decide which to cut out of your life. You know what’s killing you and what’s not. But on a general basis, I’d argue that if it doesn’t help you on PodTech then it goes. Period.

  7. Robert — I value your Blog and don’t care what its technorati rating is. I’m sorry you felt obliged to defend yourself from the emailer who made the ‘lame’ accusation. But I agree with Brett and Douglas Karr. There is more to life than technology. The thought that occurred to me when I read your (defensive? explanatory?) account of all the stuff you’re doing was: this is _unsustainable_. You can’t go on living like this without something giving way. I know it’s difficult because you’re living by your wits (whereas many of us bloggers have comfortable salaries which come in even when we’re asleep). And I know that your book’s advocacy of Blogging means that you have to practice what you preach in a very public way. But IMHO your current level of over-commitment is unsustainable. I’ve seen this happen to too many friends in the industry in the past. I wish you well.

  8. Robert — I value your Blog and don’t care what its technorati rating is. I’m sorry you felt obliged to defend yourself from the emailer who made the ‘lame’ accusation. But I agree with Brett and Douglas Karr. There is more to life than technology. The thought that occurred to me when I read your (defensive? explanatory?) account of all the stuff you’re doing was: this is _unsustainable_. You can’t go on living like this without something giving way. I know it’s difficult because you’re living by your wits (whereas many of us bloggers have comfortable salaries which come in even when we’re asleep). And I know that your book’s advocacy of Blogging means that you have to practice what you preach in a very public way. But IMHO your current level of over-commitment is unsustainable. I’ve seen this happen to too many friends in the industry in the past. I wish you well.

  9. Deannie: funny, you should look at the list of people who’ve added me on Facebook. Almost none of whom are college students or recently graduated from college. A large percentage of whom are influential technologists.

    I’m talking to VCs, CEOs, and other geeks on my Facebook profile. More soon.

  10. Deannie: funny, you should look at the list of people who’ve added me on Facebook. Almost none of whom are college students or recently graduated from college. A large percentage of whom are influential technologists.

    I’m talking to VCs, CEOs, and other geeks on my Facebook profile. More soon.

  11. I am interested in what your analysis of Facebook is. It makes sense I guess when you are just getting started out of college and are trying to make a name, create a network of friends and keep up with people once you all leave school.

    Fifty years ago, people found other ways to keep up: they wrote letters, called one another, etc. That is how adults used to maintain those relationships. Should it be different now? Is Facebook and all this “social” networking really helping us to maintain those relationships and build on them in meaningful ways?

  12. I am interested in what your analysis of Facebook is. It makes sense I guess when you are just getting started out of college and are trying to make a name, create a network of friends and keep up with people once you all leave school.

    Fifty years ago, people found other ways to keep up: they wrote letters, called one another, etc. That is how adults used to maintain those relationships. Should it be different now? Is Facebook and all this “social” networking really helping us to maintain those relationships and build on them in meaningful ways?

  13. I do not think your blog is lame, far from it. You constantly post interesting and informative articles. You don’t need to apologize for being busy. Your recent research has made for some interesting reading. I actually enjoy your brief posts with summaries of your comings and goings.

  14. I do not think your blog is lame, far from it. You constantly post interesting and informative articles. You don’t need to apologize for being busy. Your recent research has made for some interesting reading. I actually enjoy your brief posts with summaries of your comings and goings.

  15. Robert, I didn’t expect you to get into your personal life, I was commenting only on the fact that others were chalking this up to “time with the family” and I just wasn’t seeing it. That’s all. Watch your health and time with your family. There are a lot of people doing the tech thing already. I don’t read any of them, but I know they’re there.

  16. Robert, I didn’t expect you to get into your personal life, I was commenting only on the fact that others were chalking this up to “time with the family” and I just wasn’t seeing it. That’s all. Watch your health and time with your family. There are a lot of people doing the tech thing already. I don’t read any of them, but I know they’re there.

  17. The only thing I get paid for is my video show (at least directly — this blog got me my video show, though, so it all mishes together). Most of this I do because I love the tech industry, following it, reporting on things I see, and all that.

    I didn’t go into my personal life cause, well, it’s boring. We’re going baby shopping this weekend. Patrick is sitting next to me playing on his Mac (he’s a World of Warcraft freak).

    If you watch my Flickr feed you’ll see some of my personal life there.

  18. The only thing I get paid for is my video show (at least directly — this blog got me my video show, though, so it all mishes together). Most of this I do because I love the tech industry, following it, reporting on things I see, and all that.

    I didn’t go into my personal life cause, well, it’s boring. We’re going baby shopping this weekend. Patrick is sitting next to me playing on his Mac (he’s a World of Warcraft freak).

    If you watch my Flickr feed you’ll see some of my personal life there.

  19. @5 Brett and to some extent @6 Douglas Karr:

    None of that stuff, except #13 had anything to do with family, and maybe #13 doesn’t either either. (Regardless, #13 is happening in the future.)

    So all that stuff is like work, or feels like work. It’s not about family I don’t think. And Robert, I wonder how you make money doing most of it too (especially the “spending time” stuff). I guess it’s not like punching a clock and getting a paycheck, there are indirect benefits, but I still wonder why you feel like you have to do all that stuff. Nothing about Maryam, nothing about your son, nothing about getting the house ready for a new baby. It makes your life seem so one sided with all the tech crap. I don’t think it’s healthy. I wouldn’t apologize about not blogging. I would worry more about the rest…

  20. @5 Brett and to some extent @6 Douglas Karr:

    None of that stuff, except #13 had anything to do with family, and maybe #13 doesn’t either either. (Regardless, #13 is happening in the future.)

    So all that stuff is like work, or feels like work. It’s not about family I don’t think. And Robert, I wonder how you make money doing most of it too (especially the “spending time” stuff). I guess it’s not like punching a clock and getting a paycheck, there are indirect benefits, but I still wonder why you feel like you have to do all that stuff. Nothing about Maryam, nothing about your son, nothing about getting the house ready for a new baby. It makes your life seem so one sided with all the tech crap. I don’t think it’s healthy. I wouldn’t apologize about not blogging. I would worry more about the rest…

  21. Shannon: I don’t delete comments. Akismet, my anti-comment spam technology, does delete some sometimes. Also, if you’re a new commenter here your posts will get held for me to approve them.

    Which I just did.

    As to Technorati, I’m #34 on the top 100 list on Technorati here: http://technorati.com/pop/blogs/

  22. Shannon: I don’t delete comments. Akismet, my anti-comment spam technology, does delete some sometimes. Also, if you’re a new commenter here your posts will get held for me to approve them.

    Which I just did.

    As to Technorati, I’m #34 on the top 100 list on Technorati here: http://technorati.com/pop/blogs/

  23. I read about 200 feeds of which Robert’s is a single voice. I actually think he’s kept up pretty well considering family, travel, and the video work.

    A blog isn’t like a magazine or newspaper… you’re not paying for content. Like Robert said, there’s plenty of other feeds out there.

    Last thing: What’s the emailer’s blog? I’d like to check it out.

  24. I read about 200 feeds of which Robert’s is a single voice. I actually think he’s kept up pretty well considering family, travel, and the video work.

    A blog isn’t like a magazine or newspaper… you’re not paying for content. Like Robert said, there’s plenty of other feeds out there.

    Last thing: What’s the emailer’s blog? I’d like to check it out.

  25. Please stop apologizing for having a life and a family to support. Here is what you should do, put a PayPal donation widget on your blog. When you start getting enough donations, you’ll start blogging more.

    Come on people, let Robert move on if that is what he wants/needs to do.

  26. Please stop apologizing for having a life and a family to support. Here is what you should do, put a PayPal donation widget on your blog. When you start getting enough donations, you’ll start blogging more.

    Come on people, let Robert move on if that is what he wants/needs to do.

  27. Thx for deleting my post. I say again, you claim you are an ‘A’ list blogger but you don’t even rank on the top 1000 blogs on Technorati.

  28. Thx for deleting my post. I say again, you claim you are an ‘A’ list blogger but you don’t even rank on the top 1000 blogs on Technorati.

  29. But Robert, you are “the” blogger. When you don’t actively blog we begin to wonder if blogging has peaked and blogging is now on the decline. ;-)

  30. But Robert, you are “the” blogger. When you don’t actively blog we begin to wonder if blogging has peaked and blogging is now on the decline. ;-)

  31. I disagree. Scoble’s blog has landed me important customers and relationships. That post that initially looked like a train wreck with Jeffrey Figueiredo?, he actually got back to me and it turned out ok.
    When Scoble’s posts are at their weakest, it’s easy to converse and have a pseudo linked-in macrocosm on here.
    When Scoble makes big announcements, it’s a free for all, and only Scoble benefits.

  32. I disagree. Scoble’s blog has landed me important customers and relationships. That post that initially looked like a train wreck with Jeffrey Figueiredo?, he actually got back to me and it turned out ok.
    When Scoble’s posts are at their weakest, it’s easy to converse and have a pseudo linked-in macrocosm on here.
    When Scoble makes big announcements, it’s a free for all, and only Scoble benefits.

  33. Ok Scoble, I can understand that your busy et al, but STOP claiming that you are an A list blogger because you aren’t. I checked your rank on Technorati and you are not even in the top 1000 blogs. If you are busy, fine, but stop misinforming the public about your blog credentials or lack of.

  34. Ok Scoble, I can understand that your busy et al, but STOP claiming that you are an A list blogger because you aren’t. I checked your rank on Technorati and you are not even in the top 1000 blogs. If you are busy, fine, but stop misinforming the public about your blog credentials or lack of.

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