Respect and Accountability (Updated this post)

In my recent post, I write about how our industry is starting to solidify and come together. This conference, blog world expo in Vegas is more like a trade show, and we’re seeing constituents from many parties, we’re growing. It’s really important that we hold ourselves accountable, especially our leaders.

I’m hearing from people that there’s a lot of buzz that two A-list CEOs were not able to attend, one was feeling ill and the other “forgot”. (Update: Rick, the organizer comes in and explains it was his fault, yes, it’s all very confusing)

(Update: We hope Om, who hurt his back feels better).

(Update 2: Mike has responded and states he never agreed to speak, despite him being heavily touted on the brochures and websites. Mike, I’m not making personal attacks at you or Om, in fact that’s the whole point, this has nothing to do with a single person but about the industry at large, so please read this post very carefully, I’m wishing you the best.)

(Update 3: Rick Calvert, who put on Blog World Expo apologizes and says all this hoopla is his fault, go read over there. Ok, glad this is settled, let’s move on. Mike, sorry if I jumped on you without getting the full story. This is getting confusing, it’s hard to figure out where the story stops and ends, there are still a lot of conflicting stories, either way, moving on now.)

(Update 4: Not quite done moving on, I just left a comment on Mike’s blog, apologizing for any grief I lead to him. At first, when I wrote this post, I specifically wrote it to not to make it a personal attack on anyone, but I can see why he could take it very personally. We didn’t have this information from Rick until a few days later, and that really changes the perspective of things. I’m doing what’s right, correcting my mistakes, and apologizing in public, and on Mike’s blog. I wish this information from Rick surfaced a lot earlier, and we should have checked with Mike first.)

As an industry, we look up to these leaders to set a good example, they influence the behavior of others who read them, watch them, and are in their space. Some fans in the space are let down, and I can understand why.

Also, I heard that some speakers were pitching their services. We, I, you should call speakers out when they do that, and respect the time of the audience.

As our industry grows and solidifies, (as I was telling Chris) we need to be accountable to ourselves, each other, and the industry, no one person is greater than the whole –that is, after all, what the web is all about.

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  • Great observation Jeremiah – I hope they will both see and recognize this.

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  • It is sad that people are being irresponsible. It is a lesson or two for conference organizers. They can actually find valuable content if they move away from A-Listers. In fact, it is my gripe regarding the blogosphere. They claim to replace traditional media but they still go behind the “hit based approach”. A true blogosphere event should go beyond the hyped up A-Listers.

  • jax

    interesting coming form a newly minted analyst who has now resorted to posting interviews and musings… anything relevant must be paid for..right?

  • Exactly Jeremiah. You have to walk the walk and talk the talk (not to mention show up for your talk).

  • Jax

    Are you a new reader?

    Not sure what you’re talking about, I’ve been doing interviews for over a year. see all posts tagged
    “Web strategy show” and “Videos”

    Relevant content:
    Click on the “Web Strategy” tag, I’m STILL posting my insights and “how to” information.

    I also just finished a presentation a few minutes ago at Blog World Expo and shared much of what I know to a public audience. I was NOT paid to speak.

  • Jia

    Your post reminds me of the Chinese Blogger Conference (cnbloggercon) which just past a week ago in Beijing. One of the co-founder from did a presentation about the translation community and his quotation of ‘Real bloggers are the good guys’ (by Keso) indeed moved me. In China, the real bloggers are emerging as evangelists to better serve the society, while they didn’t have the chance to do so in the old days. Web 2.o may not just about enhanced technologies, more start-ups, new ways of making money, it should also be more influential in rescuing the money-driven human minds. Then, respect and accountability are the basics. Podcamp Boston 2 impressed me a lot, so I guess such bad guys are few…And I do hope there are few…

  • @Jax, you’re funny, I haven’t notice a change in Jeremiah’s blogging since he joined Forrester. In fact I think he became an Analyst *because* of his blogging…

  • Well… some of us inquired about speaking opportunities since (being a sole practitioner) it’s hard to justify paying that much money for a conference unless I’m getting some wuffie… and were told in no uncertain terms that speaking opportunities and panels were going to sponsors, i.e., pay for play.

    So you’ll forgive some of us for wondering what the fuss was about another blogging conference.

  • @Jax, Jeremiah has busted his butt lonnnng before he hooked up with this new gig.

    Just so we’re clear on that.

  • Good post but when did blogging become an industry? I missed that memo.

  • Hmmm, let’s see, in 20+ years of speaking I’ve never once not shown up!
    Hope Om gets better (things do happen) and if the rumors of Arrington are true that he looses his voice so he never has to forget to speak again.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it

  • @Steve Rubel

    We qualify Newspapers, Radio, TV, and Movies as an industry, so why not blogging? Many of the same parties exist, it’s just a different tool/medium/channel.

    More on this topic at the post I was referring to

    To your point, It’s possible to meta-categorize blogging as the social computing or social media industry, the lines get fuzzy.

    Also, check out the definition of the term industry

  • “We [the blogosphere] need to be held accountable..”

    Good point.

  • I think that the blog community does need to come together because media is coming into the market and it will take away a lot of the marketshare and particularly advertising because most brand advertisers will not advertise on a small blog. They’ll do a network, but not the blog, and big media – who is becoming more and more web savvy every day – has the ad relationships to dominate. It isn’t, in my opinion, an “if” but “when” scenario. However, I also think the amateur side of blogging business becomes evident when I read things like this:

    Some fans in the space are let down

    Fans? Leaders? Huh?

  • I was at BWE and had to suffer through a session on monetizing your blog where two of the presenters did nothing but talk about their companies. Jeremy Schoemaker was the only one of the three presenters who actually talked about the topic vs. self promoting.

    I had heard that the other speakers were last minute additions, which may have been part of the problem.

    I felt like I was getting SPAMMED at the conference….we need a conference spam filter….

  • @ David :: I spoke at the conference and in no uncertain terms did I sponsor or pay anything to be there.

    @ Jeremiah :: ‘Twas wonderful to meet you! 🙂

  • Krista

    Please consider letting the organizers know about the specifics.

    Going forward you have a right to speak up IN session and stop speaker spam.

  • What struck me about Mike Arrington not showing up (and blaming it on “forgetting”) is his assertion(this is from his blog post) that speaking at a conference is “a net negative for me.” Hmmm… I’m assuming that Mike lives on the West Coast and that flying to Las Vegas would be a quick trip for him. I hoofed it out to BlogWorld in a 5-hour cattle car ride from D.C. on USAir. Ugh. Moderated a well-attended panel on corporate blogging with folks from Cisco, HP, Kodak and Southwest. Then I spent a whole day (because of the 3-hour time change) getting back to the East Coast. Tiring? Yes. Do I like Las Vegas? NO. Was it worth it?? YES… I don’t think you can can over-emphasize how important F2F contact is in our industry. Jeremiah, it was great to see you!

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  • Jeremiah , your doing the same consistent quantitative and non spamming job as always sir.

    Its a shame though that we have to “hold” a number of these people up upon a pedestal, though I suspect I am one of a few people who feels Expert and Understanding are not linked to where your standing or sitting within a presentation.

    It interesting to read the one comment about being spammed at. Here in the UK “experts” still havent gotten off that high horse of powerpointing their company associations as an excuse for content.

    As I watch the comments and musings about conferences within the last few months it struck me as a collective we are “trying to understand” how to make conferences work better. It feels very much like the “how to make money in podcasting” conversation we are trying out ways to raise money for something without repeating the processes that have gone before.

    To change the topic, you were, and are, an Analyst long before any official recognised corporation blessed you with a job title.

    Thanks for posting, Jeremiah .

  • Thanks Nik, I really appreciate this.

  • Thank you for the post Jeremiah and for giving a great talk at the event. My apologies to everyone for the confusion particularly to Mike who did not deserve the criticism he received imo.


    We had lots of A,B, and C listers speaking from lots of different communities. We made a concerted effort to do so. You kind of need people who have a cult following to give a talk called “The Cult of Blogging”


    That simply isn’t true. If you would like to discuss it please give me a ring 858.309.4747 ext. 102


    Jeremiah hit the nail right on the head. Companies like Google, Six Apart, Automattic, AOL, Yahoo, and hundreds of others are in the business of blogging. 87 of them exhibited at our event. We are all micro-publishers and micro-broadcasters. If you are earning revenue from your blog then you are in the business of blogging. The MSM equivilent NAB draws 100,000 attendees and over 700,0000 square feet of exhibits. Our fledgling industry isn’t anywhere near that level of maturity but it certainly exists and it is growing.

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