“All he talks about is politics!”

In yesterday’s post several commenters said they were unsubscribing because all I do is talk about politics.

Oh, really?

To those who say that I only write about politics or think about politics, you are absolutely wrong.

You must read my FriendFeed comments, for instance. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see the things I’ve “Liked” (er, shared) with you. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see all the things I share or blog about. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see all the videos we do at FastCompany.tv. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see all my Google Shared items. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see my event calendar. Overwhelmingly tech.

Only a very small percentage of my work has anything to do with politics.

Which makes me very happy at the unsubscribes. I’m hoping for a smart audience here, not one that throws insults based on bad data.

But if you think you’re ONLY going to get tech here, you’ll be very unhappy. You should unsubscribe now. Last time I checked this is still my +personal blog+ where I get to write about whatever I am interested in. Overwhelmingly that’ll be tech, but sometimes I’m interested in other things.

Have a good day!

116 thoughts on ““All he talks about is politics!”

  1. RAWR!

    Scoble, all I see from you is hypocrisy and retaliation.

    You say in your post:
    “Which makes me very happy at the unsubscribes. I’m hoping for a smart audience here, not one that throws insults based on bad data.”

    And then to Jake:
    “Jake: a smart audience is one that can have a conversation without throwing stupid insults like “I’m unsubscribing.” Smart people just unsubscribe, they don’t need to let the world know.”

    But you do the very thing you’re griping about. As people are unsubscribing, you only ridicule them further. You’re in essence yelling back “Good! I only want *smart* people to read what I have to say!”, implying that those who unsubscribe and let you know are somehow less intelligent for doing so.

    You say, “Smart people just unsubscribe, they don’t need to let the world know.”.
    How very gracious you are to “let the world know” about how stupidly people are acting.

    Live up to your stated standard, or don’t state one.

  2. RAWR!

    Scoble, all I see from you is hypocrisy and retaliation.

    You say in your post:
    “Which makes me very happy at the unsubscribes. I’m hoping for a smart audience here, not one that throws insults based on bad data.”

    And then to Jake:
    “Jake: a smart audience is one that can have a conversation without throwing stupid insults like “I’m unsubscribing.” Smart people just unsubscribe, they don’t need to let the world know.”

    But you do the very thing you’re griping about. As people are unsubscribing, you only ridicule them further. You’re in essence yelling back “Good! I only want *smart* people to read what I have to say!”, implying that those who unsubscribe and let you know are somehow less intelligent for doing so.

    You say, “Smart people just unsubscribe, they don’t need to let the world know.”.
    How very gracious you are to “let the world know” about how stupidly people are acting.

    Live up to your stated standard, or don’t state one.

  3. Wow! What a bunch of touchy-feeling almost grown-ups ;-) It’s Robert’s personal blog, full stop. He can say what he wants about what he wants. That said, I think anyone spending this much effort on either Palin or Obama should go check political history – it’s nasty, it’s corrupt, it’s filled with double-standards … And, no, I don’t defend Robert … I dislike both Palin and Obama, for my own reasons. And I’m not even from the US.

    - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,437201,00.html
    - http://www.lifenews.com/nat4141.html
    - http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/3754/Brannon-Howse/By-Tom-DeWeese
    - http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=1F297C14-C64D-41B1-AEBB-E0325C823CD8
    - http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.printable&pageId=39061
    - http://www.streetprophets.com/storyonly/2006/11/29/144222/04

  4. Wow! What a bunch of touchy-feeling almost grown-ups ;-) It’s Robert’s personal blog, full stop. He can say what he wants about what he wants. That said, I think anyone spending this much effort on either Palin or Obama should go check political history – it’s nasty, it’s corrupt, it’s filled with double-standards … And, no, I don’t defend Robert … I dislike both Palin and Obama, for my own reasons. And I’m not even from the US.

    - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,437201,00.html
    - http://www.lifenews.com/nat4141.html
    - http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/3754/Brannon-Howse/By-Tom-DeWeese
    - http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=1F297C14-C64D-41B1-AEBB-E0325C823CD8
    - http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.printable&pageId=39061
    - http://www.streetprophets.com/storyonly/2006/11/29/144222/04

  5. I, personally, like that your posts are diverse. While I don’t always agree with all of your opinions, they make me. . .think. You’d be one-dimensional (and not nearly as entertaining) if you limited your blog to only tech talk!

  6. I, personally, like that your posts are diverse. While I don’t always agree with all of your opinions, they make me. . .think. You’d be one-dimensional (and not nearly as entertaining) if you limited your blog to only tech talk!

  7. Personally I don’t mind if you do want to talk politics – everyone’s entitled to his/her opinion anyway. I find my opinions often coincide with yours where you reveal them though, and everyone likes to hear people agreeing with them. :-)

  8. Personally I don’t mind if you do want to talk politics – everyone’s entitled to his/her opinion anyway. I find my opinions often coincide with yours where you reveal them though, and everyone likes to hear people agreeing with them. :-)

  9. So is this a political post or does this get tagged as posts about political posts and tech posts. Blogging can be a hassle sometimes..

  10. Robert,

    I haven’t read the post in question or the comments. I’ll probably skip at this point.

    But to this post of yours I’d like to reply as an Angel’s Advocate for a moment.

    Although you are definitely a multi-channel, multi-media personality, not everyone subscribes to all your channels of Scobleness.

    I tend to be more up to date on your Tweets, your Facebook, your Shared Items. I read your blog less often but in longer sits. I tend not to watch original video content at all if it’s tech oriented.

    So although your point is valid that your output on political topics is a small percentage, if people focus only on the channel or yours that’s featuring the kind of topics they don’t favor, that’s a different thing than saying all your output on all channels in all media is narrowly focused.

    Just as in the ink & paper world it’s fine & normal for subscribers to write to the editor about reasons for cancelling subscriptions, I think it’s fine if people put in comments their reasons for unsubbing to your blog since you’re really a demi-god her (more than an editor or publisher).

    If the comments are cranky or mean in tone, I’m always in favor of zapping them!

    Don’t lose faith. People comment & leave & that’s fine too. I suspect you won’t have any shortage of subscribers.

    One door closes, another opens.

    Best,

    Gib

  11. Robert,

    I haven’t read the post in question or the comments. I’ll probably skip at this point.

    But to this post of yours I’d like to reply as an Angel’s Advocate for a moment.

    Although you are definitely a multi-channel, multi-media personality, not everyone subscribes to all your channels of Scobleness.

    I tend to be more up to date on your Tweets, your Facebook, your Shared Items. I read your blog less often but in longer sits. I tend not to watch original video content at all if it’s tech oriented.

    So although your point is valid that your output on political topics is a small percentage, if people focus only on the channel or yours that’s featuring the kind of topics they don’t favor, that’s a different thing than saying all your output on all channels in all media is narrowly focused.

    Just as in the ink & paper world it’s fine & normal for subscribers to write to the editor about reasons for cancelling subscriptions, I think it’s fine if people put in comments their reasons for unsubbing to your blog since you’re really a demi-god her (more than an editor or publisher).

    If the comments are cranky or mean in tone, I’m always in favor of zapping them!

    Don’t lose faith. People comment & leave & that’s fine too. I suspect you won’t have any shortage of subscribers.

    One door closes, another opens.

    Best,

    Gib

  12. Note: Do not write a post that says ‘iPhone owners are un-American, GO OBAMA’ cuz yeah, the universe will implode people’s hard drives, yea verily. /smirk

  13. Note: Do not write a post that says ‘iPhone owners are un-American, GO OBAMA’ cuz yeah, the universe will implode people’s hard drives, yea verily. /smirk

  14. Robert, you dilute your brand by discussing politics. Whether you like it or not, half of your readers will disagree with you politically. On an emotional, visceral level. You can’t change that.

    Start a political blog, announce it here, link to it, whatever. Every time you get the urge to write something political, do it there.

    I used to buy into the, “it’s my personal blog and I’ll write what I want, politics and all” view. Then I saw how upset I’d get reading political comments from people I though were otherwise intelligent on other issues. Maybe it’s because the political views were expressed as snarky, gloating, name-calling drivel instead of intellectual discussions. Fine. I found I was writing the same sort of junk, just from the other perspective. So I started a political blog. Problem solved.

    In fact, I found I myself like my other blog better now. Go figure…

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