Jason Calacanis Couldn’t Stay Away from Blogging, After All

By Daniel Scocco

First of all let me make it clear that I respect Jason and think that he is one of the cleverest online entrepreneurs around. Whenever I discover that he is doing an interview or making an appearance on some show, I make sure to listen because the guy always has interesting stuff to say.

Now that being said, I always found his “blogging retirement” a bit funny. Funny as in when Robert Scoble stated vehemently on his blog that that bloggers should never have advertising on their blogs because it would ruin the very purpose of blogging, and then one year later he signed a deal with a big tech company to put ads all over his own blog….

If you are not familiar with the matter, back in July Jason wrote a post on his blog titled Official announcement regarding my retirement from blogging. Here is a a quote from it:

To be sure, I am going to miss blogging. I am going to miss the relationships with my fellow bloggers. I am going to miss the readers. I am going to miss the great friends that I have made over this time.

(…)

Starting today all of my thoughts will be reserved for a new medium. Something smaller, something more intimate, and something very personal: an email list.

Then at one point he simulated a Q&A (or maybe it was real I am not sure), and the following question was included on the post: Will you come out of retirement at some point?

To which he gave this answer:

No. Absolutely not. This is not a Michael Jordan or Jay-Z ploy. I’m done. It’s not over one instance, and it’s not because—give me a minute [editor’s note: Calacanis looked down, fighting back his emotions]—I can’t handle the pressures of being an A-list blogger. This is a very personal choice that I’ve discussed with my family, and it’s the direction we want to go. I’ve done blogging and now it’s time for the next chapter.

So far so good, Jason made a personal decision and we got respect that.

Well, it is all good, except for the fact that not even 6 months passed since the made the announcement and he is back to blogging!

Not officially, because he made no post titled “I am blogging again!”, and probably he might still say he is retired to people, but practically he is blogging. It is a fact.

How so?

Because he has been posting to his blog pretty actively over the past month.

He removed the timestamp from his posts, but you can still guess with a good accuracy the date when each of them was posted by checking the date on the first comment on the post itself. Over the last week alone I counted 9 posts.

Some with personal ramblings about playing poker, others analyzing events on the industry like Google increasing the number of ads per page, and other yet republishing the text that he sends out to his email list. You have the option to leave comments (and some people are doing it), the posts are filed in a chronological order, and you even have an RSS feed available. In other words, it would be hard to call that anything but blogging.

So it looks like Jason Calacanis couldn’t stay away from blogging, after all. Even after making a resolution about it.

What does that leave us with? Two things I would say:

1. Never say never
2. If Jason is any guide, blogging is more resilient than we ever thought!



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13 Responses to “Jason Calacanis Couldn’t Stay Away from Blogging, After All”

  • Sash

    Did anyone say attention seeker ? Jason got super lucky selling that blog network to AOL, otherwise nobody would be talking about him now.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Adam, well that thought is also demotivating. I mean, after you are as big as Jason (the guy founded Weblogs Inc.), I would hope you would not need to play those games to gain mere backlinks 🙂 .

  • Adam Singer

    @Daniel I know you aren’t….I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but he knows how to draw links through controversy….not sure you would ever pull things like that, not your style.

  • http://resourcesandmoney.blogspot.com

    Blogging is another form of addiction and similar to drug addiction where you couldn’t live without it.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Adam, I am not into playing games, I guess that is why I can’t see it.

  • Blog Expert

    People always say they will do something and they do it. It is always hard to stay away from anything you love. I guess this just tells you how much really loves blogging. Most of the time it is because people just get bored. They have done something for so long has taken all the time out of their life so they have to come back to stay busy

  • Adam Singer

    Jason is smart and is playing a power and influence game. You’d have to be blind not to see it. He’s got a strategy…he’s trying to court attention by being different.

  • Tech Chalet

    Actually, never heard of him, until this post.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Justin Dupre, in my opinion blogging is defined as a type of web publishing, and not by the content that goes inside the blog.

    I wrote about that here: http://www.dailyblogtips.com/what-is-a-blog/

  • Jens P. Berget

    Sometimes people do stuff like that just to get more attention, just like when Matt Bacak announced his retirement.

    It creates a buzz, people start talking and when he continues blogging, well, he has a lot bigger audience than right before he “retired” 🙂

  • Deeboo.com Internet Marketing Community

    Personal ramblings on a website that used to be a blog is not blogging! ITS BLO…. RAMBLING!

    LOL

    Justin Dupre
    Deeboo.com Webmaster, SEO, and Internet Marketing Community

  • Daniel Ted Feliciano

    There is no such thing as retirement. Once you spent some considerable time doing something and being successful on it, you keep coming back to it.

  • TechZoomIn

    Retirement in blogging? Not too funny but 🙂

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