My run in with Robert Scoble on Buzz

Only one good thing came out of today’s Buzz ugliness with Rob Scoble (note to self: don’t feed the trolls) I discovered some good comedy. Anyway, apparently he’s got deep seated enmity for a video blogger named Loren Feldman – who, from my nobody perspective seems to have a much better handle on how to entertain than Mr. Scoble. If you’re into technology and like a sarcastic NY wit in your comedy check him out on his website at:
http://www.1938media.com/author/admin/

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnZHbpfg4xDgWV52NhZp9NhfxW0vedJcKs Mark Essel

    I had just got in to SFO airport to discover the exchange after trying to setup a breakfast meetup. I think Robert’s
    personality grates on a good subsection of geeks, but I’m not among them. From my regular readings of scobleizer.com I get the impression that Rob honestly cares about all things pro-net & startups. He’s as fascinated as I am with the process and ideas transitioning into real tech products.

    I hope even though you may not appreciate his reactionary response, you’ll give some of his posts a look with an open eye. You just may find he’s not as bad as some make him out (or as he comes off when defending or attacking mention of himself).

    I’m following your advice about adding a little more flavor to my own Victus Spiritus. I added a tab on the top to my personal photo & travel blog messel.posterous.com. I invite to join in on the adventures Michelle and I are sharing since June first or so (~30 second video clips and pics).

  • http://in8sworld.net/openid/ Nate

    A friend of mine who has done some comedy in the past was over last night and we watched a couple Scoble videos. Most were nearly unwatchable due to a lack of editing, bad sound, poor video quality (there is no excuse for using a crappy cell phone camera to shoot a video if you want to be considered a professional), and rambling dialogue. We did see one interview with him (a video shot by somebody else) and in that one at least we could pay attention without being distracted by poor and amateur video. The interviewer had an agenda, and brought Scoble back on topic when he strayed and we both thought he made some good points about how to succeed in blogging.

    BUT, I have very little interest in succeeding in blogging! I run some websites for others, but my own is basically an open journal where I can write and if you want to read it, great. If you don’t – then get packing. Scoble wants to “succeed” which basically means promoting himself and getting a zillion links out there pointing back to him, and commenting on anything tech with the goal (I guess) of eventually being picked to be a regular talking head on the weekly tech talk segment on TV? He’s too old for that – they like metro-sexual twenty somethings for that job it seems. How else might he “succeed”? Get paid to write articles about tech for magazines? Get a regular paying gig at C-Net or PC Mag? These guys get $500 an article (I’m sure Cringley has a nice deal, but how many Cringley’s are there?) and how many articles can you sell? Four a week? Might as well get a day job for that – at least you’d have health insurance. Maybe success for him could be ad revenue? I use Adblock and noscript – I’m not seeing them anyway. Write a book? I digress…

    I’m more interested in the guys who actually *code*, the real inventors and creators of the shiny gizmos and nifty websites that Scoble and I are such obvious fanboys of than in hearing the inside gossip about the various company’s business strategy or which CEO said what. If I want to read or watch a segment about technology, I’d rather hear from the programmers or engineers than from some blogger idiot like me trying to figure out how to rip off other bloggers by increasing their “clickthrough”, OR I’d like to be entertained at least! Whether he likes it or not, Scoble is mostly an entertainer and the test of an entertainer is if your audience is yawning. I wonder how many of his “followers” are really interested in what he’s saying or if they’re mostly just trying to flutter around near him like moths in the hope they can parley that association into blogging “success” one day as well?

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnZHbpfg4xDgWV52NhZp9NhfxW0vedJcKs Mark Essel

    How many founders have I learned from, how many tech folks have I had a chance to listen to through Rob’s blog I can’t say. But I’m certain there’s at least a couple dozen folks that I’m stoked to hear from through the blog or his Twitter updates.

    The topic is what pulls me in (startups/ web businesses), it could be black and white with noise in the background and I’d still want to hear what founders x,y & z have accomplished and learned along the way.


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