If you read my weblog on occasion, you may have noticed
that I have steadfastly avoided the blogger clique: the Ruby's, the Winers, the Scobles. I have not taken a
position on the RSS wars (unless you count linking to Don Box but not Sam or Dave) and
I haven't dragged my readers into the daily, digital fray. Instead,
I have attempted to maintain a laser-like focus on versioning and
source control technology. I focus on a single subject--most of the
time--because that's what I know and that's where my cycles can benefit the most
number of people. My blog is not an immortality project or a
soapbox. Rather, it as a microphone that I am honored to use for
as long as the MC will allow. I don't use it to disseminate my political
views, scream in the wilderness, or talk just to hear myself talk. I treat it as
an information medium, as a channel for communicating ideas, and as a sounding
board for the documentation that I write for VSS and Visual
Studio. Increasingly, my blogroll is populated by like-minded,
domain-specific weblogs that are written by real people with interesting
ideas and a serious agenda; people like Scott Mitchell, Raymond Chen, Craig Skibo, and Clay Shirky.
I hope that you find value in my approach to
At the other end of the blogging spectrum is a fellow Microsoft
employee, the comically famous and infamous Robert Scoble, a man with as
many opinions as ideas as words as fragmentary thoughts as run-on sentences
as friends as detractors who finds order and meaning for his chaotic life in the
form of a public diary that he calls a weblog. I haven't quite figured
the guy out but I do know that Scoble's diary is like a
cross between a Mozart symphony, an episode of Jerry Springer, the Wall
Street Journal, and Sabado Gigante. It is exhausting, immersive, and
at times, maddening. It is a modern serial in the Dickensian
tradition. It is linksalicious. Steve says that "Scoble is a human
More and more, it seems that Robert Scoble has become a
lightning rod for Microsoft. He is our
blogger-laureate. Today, he writes,
"Microsoft-hater Ru$$ell Beattie says "M$ SmartPhones Catching
Heh, maybe I should change my name to $cobleizer.
Update: Russell doesn't want me linking to his site anymore, so he's
redirecting my site to a different place. You'll have to enter his URL into your
browser by hand. Ahh, the fun."
I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when reading the comments
for this post. Typical Scobleizer.
Until today, I have kept Robert Scoble at arm's length. No more. My
blogroll needs a little spice. Robert, welcome the Wunderkammer.
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