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The O’Reilly Factor weighs in on BlogWorld

I couldn’t resist posting this video, especially after reading some of the comments by BlogWorld attendees. Like this one from blogger Zac Johnson who describes himself as a “super affiliate” make-money-blogger.

“Instead of focusing on the benefits of blogging and internet marketing, Fox News took a different approach and almost made a joke out of it.”

Almost“? It’s obvious to me Fox is most definitely mocking BlogWorld.

Since its inception I have toyed with the idea of speaking at BlogWorld. BlogWorld CEO Rick Calvert and I have discussed this on many occasions.

However, to be honest, a major factor that has held me back from attending is the quality of some of the other attendees. Because as you know I’m all for making money, but I am also a leader in blog ethics and vocalising my objections against online hucksters who try to make a fast buck off of gullible bloggers.

I didn’t see any point in travelling long distance to get into fistfights. Online sparring is fun enough for me.

What do you think. Did Fox get it right?

  • Has BlogWorld become a showcase for blog hucksters and deserve derision?
  • Is that what blogging has come down to — just making money?
  • Have the blog hucksters ruined it for the rest of us?

These are just a few impressions that came to mind after viewing the video.

Like all good satire there is usually an element of truth behind the humor. But was Fox’s coverage one-sided?

Personally I don’t know, because like I said I haven’t yet attended BlogWorld. Although I haven’t met Rick Calvert, I like him and we are on good terms. So I’m torn on this issue.

If any of my readers have further insight into this I would love to hear from you. Even if you haven’t ever attended BlogWorld I’m sure you have an opinion on the make-money aspect of blogging which seems to be at the forefront of the news.

Written June 14th, 2012 by | 33 Comments | Filed under: Blog Ethics, Blog Tips, Make Money Tips, Opinion, Technology Tips ,

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  1. This guy is almost as smug as Hannity or Maher. He did the easy reach coverage: go to the exhibitor hall instead of talking to attendees or speakers. Of course you’re going to get people saying things that are slightly nuts - they’re marketers. I will always be grateful Jim Kukral and Rick Calvert had me lead the intro session on blogging for the first two years of Blogworld. That’s (where I met Anil Dash and how I made my way to San Francisco to work at Six Apart/Typepad and then to two other startups in San Francisco.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke (BB) at 3:44 pm said...

    @Andy Wibbels, “Of course you’re going to get people saying things that are slightly nuts - they’re marketers”.

    LOL. Can you offer us any names?

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    Reply by: Andy Wibbels at 9:46 am said...

    @Blog Bloke (BB), Any poor soul manning at booth at any vendor expo ever will say whatever it takes to get on camera or get a lead. I can last about four hours of ever-smile before I start to come unglued.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke (BB) at 2:05 pm said...

    @Andy Wibbels, then you’re a better man than me. I had about a 30 minute window when I was in politics, smiling, shaking hands and kissing babies.

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    Reply by: Rick Calvert at 10:46 pm said...

    @Andy Wibbels, hey Andy how are you!? We need to get you back out there this January! there are newbies every year that need to learn about blogging and new media.

    I hope life is treating you well!

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    Reply by: Miki at 11:02 am said...

    @Andy Wibbels,
    He’s like that with everyone. I’ve seen him before.

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  2. I suspect that this guy is thinking more that these people are goobers who are unlikely to actually make serious money blogging and thus are worthy of mockery - because why else would a person go to the trouble? He seems like a real a-hole and probably a terrible bore.

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke (BB) at 3:46 pm said...

    @Marshall Kirkpatrick, now tell us what you really think. ;-)

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    Reply by: Rick Calvert at 10:49 pm said...

    @Marshall Kirkpatrick, Another guy who is long overdue for a BlogWorld appearance!

    I still remember when we first met at Blog Business Summit Marshall and everyone was fawning over you the moment you mentioned you worked for TechCrunch.

    and I was ahhh WTF is Techcrunch? HAHA. I hope you are doing well. Our next event is January in Vegas and overlaps with CES. I hope that makes it convenient enough for you to drop by 8).

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  3. Being familiar with Oreilly’s show and the Water’s World segment (I was a political blogger) this is pretty much what I expected.

    I left a more detailed comment on our post about this story but I think this was a great reality check for us new media people. Old media represents the mainstream media consumer.

    That piece makes it very clear they think we are weird. They are confused by new media and a little bit afraid of us.

    That means we all have a lot more work to do in educating the public about the benefits of new media.

    As for you Mr. Bloke. The time has come. Your coming in January and I don’t want to hear any excuses!

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke (BB) at 7:27 am said...

    @Rick Calvert, “you’re coming in January and I don’t want to hear any excuses!”

    Ok mom.

    I saw the O’Reilly video in the same light as watching Colbert or Bill Maher as Andy mentioned. I appreciate humor but there was a smugness and message there that cannot be denied.

    A positive way of looking at this is at least you have confirmation mainstream media is taking notice. And like they say, any publicity is good publicity.

    I was a political blogger too by the way.

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