Sunday, July 24, 2005
My final comment...
My final comment on The Red Couch blog, a blog that is allegedly about writing a book on business blogging.
The blog is by Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble and marketing consultant Shel Israel.
This blog is supposed to be telling corporations why they need blogs and how to blog.
I think this blog should set an example. It doesn't.
They leave comment and trackback spam and abusive comments on it. This is a terrible violation of the core values of blogging, ethics, etiquette, and user friendliness.
I have no wish to cause ill will between myself and Robert and Shel, or Microsoft. I like them. But what is going on with this lack of professionalism?
I've emailed them and posted hints and pleas at the site, regarding this spam problem. I've given up. They obviously don't care.
I have spent much time and effort trying to help them write and market their book. I was able to convince them to not call it "Blog or Die". I have given them a lot of free marketing advice and have received prompt replies to my questions in emails to them both.
I'd like to think that all three of us, and Microsoft, have benefited from our exchanges.
But this lack of diligence in preventing and deleting spam is not right. It's wrong.
I would be playing favorites if I let this pass, without remarking.
I present this post with great sadness, perplexity, and misgivings about their true intentions.
Here is my final comment over there, preceded by their most recent post, under which I posted my comment.
(1.) THE POST
July 23, 2005
Who Blogged in a Crisis
We are now into the stretch--three chapters and 10,000-15,000 words to the end of Naked Conversations.
We've loved writing this book and we'll miss it when it's completed.
We are now writing a chapter called "Blogging in a Crisis."
But we are looking for your help.
Please tell us who you know of who has used a blog to reduce the intensity of a crisis or has blogged to successfully avoid having one.
We're also interested in hearing about companies that got hurt by not blogging.
Please keep those cards and letters coming in.
Membership-supported Naked Conversations depends opon readers like you for support.
(2.) MY COMMENT
I've lost my patience with this site.
How can you think you can write a book on blogs when you can't even delete comment spam?
This is a poor example of a "business blog".
I no longer have any confidence in this project.
Posted by: steven streight aka vaspers the grate | July 23, 2005 10:38 PM
Lesson learned: be reserved in your praise, hesitant in helping others, and gentlemanly in your severing of ties.
Posted by steven edward streight at 7/24/2005 12:40:00 AM