It’s so nice to see that the blogosphere has room to stretch. Especially with A-Listers like Robert Scoble.
On Sunday, Scoble began by Pissing off the Blogosphere with his rant about bloggers not linking to other bloggers and linking to sources like the New York Times instead. That created a bit of backlash. Just read some of the comments.
A little while later he posted, Do A-List Bloggers Have a Responsibility to Link to Others, with a little help from Sue Pollinsky’s question, Do big(ger) bloggers have an obligation to smaller or newer ones to link to them? Which lead to Scoble saying:
I can't speak for anyone other than myself, but, yes, I try to link out to as many people as possible. I got found because other people linked to me, and I view it as my responsibility to link to other people as well. I also leave my comments open so people can post their own opinions and links to things.
But, I can't get to it all. The blogosphere is too big. So, in front of every audience I speak to I demonstrate how to use blog search engines and I keep my link blog, which has linked to many many thousands of blogs.
I’m thankful that Robert Scoble is willing to share his success. It seems that all the A-List bloggers got there with some help. And it would be great to see them each reach back and give a few of us a hand.
Of course, I’m not a A-Lister, so of course I’d like all the help I can get. What I’m doing is honest, hard work. So I don’t expect any freebies. I’ll work for what I’m given. And I’d like to know there’s A-Listers out there who are genuinely interested in helping those of us getting started.
I make a pledge that as my blog gets more successful, I’ll continue to look for other and newer bloggers and give them a hand up. That’s my pay it forward.
So did Scoble Throw himself under a bus? What do you think?