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Cheer up, Blogosphere

It’s really too bad that being a grouchy cynic is often consider a badge of honor among major bloggers.  The general level of pessimism and meanness is just sad.

Blogs should celebrate.  They should celebrate freedom and openness. They should revel in the joy of fresh ideas.  They should be fun.

I’m glad that some of most popular blogs are positive-energy blogs:  Boing Boing, Seth Godin, Engadget, Lifehacker.

In honor of a happier blogosphere I am deleting my grouchiest posts and re-committing myself to write good things that educate and entertain. 

Join me!

P.S. Here’s a picture of a cute baby.


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  1. Mark Krupinski December 8, 2007 at 1:22 pm #

    Great job on the Blog Council. It’s been neat to see the reaction ablaze across the net. Is this the Tipping Point?

  2. sean O'Driscoll December 8, 2007 at 2:42 pm #

    I love this post…
    Ok, I admit, I’m a glass half full guy – always have been. I’m likely a bit too trusting – always have been. I assume people are being honest – maybe a mistake sometimes. In the end, all this makes me a pretty happy dude – so to any who prefer to digg and link negativity and form psuedo facts from ignorance – chill out and check out the baby picture:)

  3. Libby Davy December 8, 2007 at 5:19 pm #

    Great stuff Andy. You are a happening guy. I think though, the point is the baby should be your own or someone you love!(*) Also not sure about you deleting your own history. It’s okay to evolve and have not been perfect in the first place isn’t it. That’s authenticity where we sit.
    Do you edit comments?
    This is not how I imagine cluetrain, scoble and shel isreal (hi Shel!) would advise us to be/do/think. What do others think? Bestest – Libby
    * PS – Funnily enough, we had this happen just yesterday at our Widgety Goodness conference. Hope to see you at our next WG show in New York this coming summer…

  4. Chris Locke December 8, 2007 at 7:32 pm #

    As a card-carrying grouchy cynic, which card I do, in fact, carry as a badge of honor, I would just like to say: gods save us from “positive-energy blogs”! Take a look around. Do you seriously think that what the world needs now is… what? more smiley-faces? “Markets are conversations” does not necessarily translate to happy backslap fests among bobble-headed cyphers and sycophants. You know, I’m just saying…

  5. Paul Chaney December 9, 2007 at 6:39 am #

    Good luck with the Blog Council. I’m just catching up on reading about it, but it reminds me of something I attempted to start back in 2005 which fell by the wayside, the Professional Bloggers Association (

  6. Michael E. Rubin, Blog Council December 9, 2007 at 1:49 pm #

    What’s truly sad is that there’s a financial incentive to being mean. It’s easier to boost your traffic when you’re spewing vitriol. Many of these blogs sell ads.
    Translation: more vitriol = more traffic = more ad revenue.
    Disclaimer: I work for Andy, but my opinions are my own.

  7. Patrick Goss December 9, 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    Glad to hear you are committing yourself to positive posts. The name of your blog definitely implies that you are going to be celebrating other marketers ideas and not joining the parade of critics.

  8. James McCarthy December 9, 2007 at 7:19 pm #

    There’s nothing wrong with a little grouching. I would rather see the thoughts of the whole person and their moods than sanitised snippets of pure happiness.

  9. Biff December 10, 2007 at 4:18 am #

    I think that then depends on whether the author is using it as a life-stream or an outward facing opinion/emotion board.
    Even so, I don’t think the distinction matters. Andy is recognising that he’s happier when being positive. That using a blog to vent spleen is not what he wants to do.
    Criticism doesn’t have to be spat with venom. It to can be constructive and positive!
    Vitriolic posts often incite commenting, but positive posts stay with you longer, and you end up scrolling on with a smile. Depends on which you’re after, but the latter is best for me the reader.
    One thing though, I’m with Libby on the old post deletion thing…don’t do it! What’s done is done, and evolution is a wonderful thing.
    Happy monday…

  10. Andy Sernovitz December 10, 2007 at 6:43 am #

    Thanks everyone for the thoughts. I take it as a good sign that this is one of the more-commented posts on the blog.
    I guess it did come across more new-agey than expected. Too bad that inspires more grouching.
    I know this … it’s a heck of a lot harder to write a funny post than a screaming post. Personally, I’m going to work for the extra laugh. I can make the same point with more fun.
    I’d rather be Dave Barry than Fox News.

  11. Andy Sernovitz December 10, 2007 at 6:49 am #

    With regard to deleting old posts …
    I did delete 6 or so posts. I was just starting blogging, and they were pretty mean. Not over the top, but I don’t feel they represent me (then or now). I was trying to go for the standard blog-style attack post, but it doesn’t feel right.

  12. Libby Davy December 14, 2007 at 10:58 am #

    I worked for precious years as an old-skool PR type – then ran away with soul lag from the propaganda machine to become an activist – working for free as an antidote. I can now happily re-enter communications and am profoundly interested in the positive potential for authenticity and dialogue presented by blogging and web 2.0. I get a lot of laughs out of life, can be extremely ironic and satirical, but look for the bright side in people too. I guess we authentic blogging folk just want to see you really be who you are. The market/blogosophere is going to find out anyway. CEOs have a particularly important and challenging job to do which is different to other bloggers. But we are all human, we are all fallible, we all have the potential to add real value in the world. We used to say “we turn the crap into credible, the dull into delicious” (thanks Joanna Lumley) – now we say – be credible. What would that look like, in a transparent market where hyperlinks subvert hierarchy. CEOs can keep trying to hide behind their social media-hyped hacks – but one day they are simply going to have to deliver genuine value to the world – in thought, word and deed – if the want conversational markets to support them. Then die one day knowing – you can’t take it with you, so what did you leave behind. Now off the soap box and on we go…

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