Jennifer Leggio sent me this post where Rob La Gesse calls out Robert Scoble for being passionate about shiny new things, and reporting on them. Somewhere down in the comments (which have some really great meat on the bone), Mack Collier calls me into the story saying that he likes how I write about stuff. Robert replies that I’m different than he. Specifically, Robert calls out his ability to find walls to run into with limits and power user problems. He’s dead on. And this got me thinking in the larger sense.
We do different things.
There’s nothing more flattering than being lumped in blog posts alongside Robert or Jason Calacanis or all the other folks who also write a blog on the web. But you have to realize that we do different things. (people are welcome to disagree with my characterizations of them).
Robert Scoble writes about really exciting new things, and he shows videos, and he connects humans, and he scours this space for new amazing things.
Louis Gray seems to own the aggregator/repurposing space, with things like FriendFeed, SocialThing, etc.
Seth Godin is a marketer’s marketer, and points out the human experience with products and services.
Jason Calacanis has a strong history in the web space, and also talks from a media maker’s perspective.
Jeremiah Owyang writes more analysis-based posts on social marketing as an industry.
I could go on for a while, but I guess the point is this: we all keep blogs. We all type about things. But we’re different and offer a different set of take-aways from our writing and thought processes.
Me? I write about technologies that might impact businesses, and how to enable communities, and I try to write from two sides every time: high level, and then things you can do with it. Do I always succeed? No.
We Do Different Things
And I have hundreds of other folks I read. I read lots about marketing lately, outlying trends, a preacher, some parents, and a whole host of other folks who cover things of interest to me.
Calling out Scoble because he writes about shiny things would be just as useful as calling me out because I don’t write about aggregators like Louis.