Coaching Robert Scoble
For context, look at the first few comments to this post: http://weblogs.asp.net/edkaim/archive/2004/12/20/327583.aspx.
Talk about being defensive!
Come on Robert! This is all conversational marketing! I'm challenging you to be a better blogger. I thought criticism in a public forum was how you liked things to be done? Are you saying that perhaps contacting you directly with feedback would make you feel less defensive? Oh well, I have an opinion and a Post button and don't have to think things through! Yippeeeee!
Of course I'm just kidding with you--but you should take what I'm saying to heart because it won't come from someone inside Microsoft where people do fear your blog. While your readership does give you visibility that can't be bought cheaply, it is possible that you may lose out on honest criticism and respect from the people you're trying to help. At times it seems like you may act in a very selfish manner by slamming the teams around you in order to raise your own status in the online community.
If I didn't care, I'd keep my mouth shut--kind of like almost everyone else does. Then again, maybe it would be better off that way.