Things on my mind…

Today Buzz took me over to see Steve Ball (he runs the audio and other media teams at Microsoft). Steve let me hold his new daughter. You can see her in this Kyte video that I shot with my Nokia N95 (which is why the video is a bit small and blurry).

Holding someone who is 19 days old is a cathartic experience. She is especially precious. I looked at her and asked myself “how am I making her world better?”

Then I thought about Maryam and Patrick, my son and partner in all things geeky, and Milan, our new son who’ll be here real soon. I haven’t been the best parent I could be. The best husband I could be.

Tonight I looked over my Twitters and blogs. They are angry. Confrontational. Disturbed. Hurt. Dismayed.

Those are not words to describe someone in a state of mind to improve the world. Part of it is so many people are making stuff up about me and/or my employer without any care as to my feelings or the truth that I’ve got to get some distance. Over the weekend a variety of people said I had quit my job. Then another “A-list” blogger said I had been fired. Neither are true. Much of what I read over on that Silicon Valley gossip site lately isn’t true and they have demonstrated over and over that they really don’t care about the truth. It really depresses me cause I thought blogging would be a tool for humans to get smarter, not stupider. Depression isn’t fun.

So, I’m going to try something else for a while.

Add to that the fact that I’ve learned more by having a conversation with an IBM lawyer for 30 minutes than I’ve learned from the average blog lately. Heck, I look at TechMeme and see articles about Glam. A copy of Digg. Instructions for leaking your own TV show on the Net.

Glam?!? Bubble?

This isn’t what gets me excited. In our book Naked Conversations I wrote that a good blog is “authoritative and passionate.” Truth is that when I looked at Steve Ball’s baby I realized I’ve been neither. I’d rather go hang out with someone who is building something interesting.

I’ll be back blogging when I can add value again. My video show at http://www.scobleshow.com will go on (I have a ton of great videos coming this week) and I might do a Kyte video or two since I’m doing R&D there for PodTech. I’ve been having a ball with videos in both places lately and you’ve probably noticed that the quality of the videos is going up. I can’t wait for you to see the vid I filmed with Marc Canter at Gnomedex.

Anyway, have a great week and while I’m not blogging I’d love it if you left some ideas on things you’d like me to learn for when I get back.

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  6. Hey Robert,

    just wanted to tell you that you made a BIG difference in my world. We met at an event on my first day in the US, my first day in Silicon Valley and you are one of the nicest people I met since I came to this area.

    You introduced me to ppl, showed me the original hp garage and took me with you to sf new tech meetup.

    You’re a great guy and I’ll never forget how you treated me when nobody else gave a shit.

    Thanks again
    Steli

  7. Hey Robert,

    just wanted to tell you that you made a BIG difference in my world. We met at an event on my first day in the US, my first day in Silicon Valley and you are one of the nicest people I met since I came to this area.

    You introduced me to ppl, showed me the original hp garage and took me with you to sf new tech meetup.

    You’re a great guy and I’ll never forget how you treated me when nobody else gave a shit.

    Thanks again
    Steli

  8. Blogs are a reflection of the person who write them and the society we live in, the same as our TV, radio, etc….

    Thinking blogs would be any different is naive. And even so, I share your feelings…

  9. Blogs are a reflection of the person who write them and the society we live in, the same as our TV, radio, etc….

    Thinking blogs would be any different is naive. And even so, I share your feelings…

  10. Glad you read through your comments – and just may be picked up on my comment about how you dealt with your son. Your kids will grow up super fast, your wife and you will grow older. No life is eternal, so make the most of it. your blogging is good, but a break won’t kill you- or us for that matter. Live the real world, with your closest family and friends.

  11. Glad you read through your comments – and just may be picked up on my comment about how you dealt with your son. Your kids will grow up super fast, your wife and you will grow older. No life is eternal, so make the most of it. your blogging is good, but a break won’t kill you- or us for that matter. Live the real world, with your closest family and friends.

  12. Takes a lot of guts to admit being in a situation like this. Even more so to do it publicly, and then do the logical thing which is take a couple of steps back.

    Suddenly my interest in following Scobleizer shot up a 100%…

  13. Takes a lot of guts to admit being in a situation like this. Even more so to do it publicly, and then do the logical thing which is take a couple of steps back.

    Suddenly my interest in following Scobleizer shot up a 100%…

  14. Sometimes you have to be angry to start making a difference and changing the world for the better – else you are a Pollyanna and the world will never change, but you will just think it is better.

  15. Sometimes you have to be angry to start making a difference and changing the world for the better – else you are a Pollyanna and the world will never change, but you will just think it is better.

  16. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7830246530742207581
    Kent Beck on ease at work

    I think this is core to bofhing v constructive dialogue; the ‘no capes’ approach to stuff.

    It also feels a good fit for thoughts like Jimmy Wales’ suggestion some time back that we need to ‘disagree safely’.
    I think wikis are teaching us much about the skills we need to develop in order to have free participative spaces where we use good skills instead of fences to keep things constructive and usefully negotiable.

  17. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7830246530742207581
    Kent Beck on ease at work

    I think this is core to bofhing v constructive dialogue; the ‘no capes’ approach to stuff.

    It also feels a good fit for thoughts like Jimmy Wales’ suggestion some time back that we need to ‘disagree safely’.
    I think wikis are teaching us much about the skills we need to develop in order to have free participative spaces where we use good skills instead of fences to keep things constructive and usefully negotiable.

  18. I am probably not the only one who has been reading this blog for a while who would ever hire Chris for anything.

    Pimping his company constantly here (the only one doing so),
    threatening lawsuits (in a comment thread !?! thats called a troll),
    bragging about going to the gym,etc. etc.
    is not the best way to attract customers.

    The candle on the cake is misreading contacts as contracts

  19. I am probably not the only one who has been reading this blog for a while who would ever hire Chris for anything.

    Pimping his company constantly here (the only one doing so),
    threatening lawsuits (in a comment thread !?! thats called a troll),
    bragging about going to the gym,etc. etc.
    is not the best way to attract customers.

    The candle on the cake is misreading contacts as contracts

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