Guy McLaren fights back

So it seems commenting on my post about Guy McLaren wasn’t enough for Guy to set things straight from his perspective. It seems he needs a little extra help to reaffirm his views on how to put together a web site and market it properly on the Web. He has resorted to a time tested solution: launching personal attacks on his critics (go on, visit his blog, he obviously needs the traffic). Of course I am one of those critics who he has taken to task. Here is his contribution about me:

I noted that Paul Jaconson jumped on the anti-Guy McLaren bandwagon on his blog. I think that this sign of desperation to get more visits to his blog, which IMHO is a load of bollocks is telling of the laziness of Journalists today.

I say this because he has never approached me for any information. He has never communicated with me in any form. How can he claim that his blog is anything but biased, based on hearsay and absolute bull twaddle.

Paul are you man enough to admit that you are not worthy of the title Journalist? Are you man enough to admit that you jumped in without any real information? Can you tell me why you would write such crap about someone that you don’t know? Did I offend your frail sensibilities by writing about the MUTI clique, Are you one of them?

I find this man odious, In my opinion he has the morals of an alley cat, the brain of a slug and the personality of a dead chicken.

The one thing I must take issue with is this notion that I am a journalist. To say I am a journalist is arguably unfair to the many good journalists out there who do really good work and strive to report the truth about important issues. I am not a journalist. On this blog I am just a commentator on things that I feel are worth commenting on. I don’t claim to be the arbiter of Truth, Justice and the Right Way. I just tell you what I think about a range of topics.

A number of people (Guy included) have wondered why anyone would read what I write here. Sometimes I wonder the same thing but there seem to be a few people who are interested in what I have to say and that is great. I like knowing that what I say has some value for some people. That being said there are many other fantastic writers out there whose shadow I am privileged to be able to stand in. Heck, some of those people even read this blog.

This blog is my soapbox. I write here as much for myself as I do for my readers. I don’t mind if my ranking on Amatomu is 800 or 8. In fact, I am probably as surprised as Richard that my ranking is 8 on Amatomu. I really don’t get too caught up on what people think about me on this blog. If you find my writings interesting and worth reading, fantastic, if you unsubscribe immediately and head over to one of the other 70-odd million blogs out there, good for you.

One of the things I do care about is people who purport to be experts about something and aren’t. That isn’t too much of a problem in itself but it does become a problem when other people rely on that “expertise” and are let down.

Back to the personal attacks on Nic and Charl, well take those attacks from whence they come. Those of us who are privileged to know Nic and Charl know that Guy’s criticisms are nonsense, particularly the contention that Charl could be the hacker who defaced Guy’s site a while ago. That is just petty, defamatory and desperate. Guy, if you feel strongly about your methods and techniques then at least be confident enough in them to allow them to speak for themselves. You obviously have a number of customers who you have helped and good for them and for you. There are, however, a large number of people who think you are up a creek without a paddle and they won’t be going to you for advice. That is their choice too. It really shouldn’t cause you to doubt yourself enough to resort to these sorts of attacks. Apparently they do though.


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Paul

Enthusiast, writer, strategist, web developer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

  1. Paul, Legend, what a great answer to a stupid debate. I honestly thought you would retaliate being called all those names, but you’ve proved me wrong and that you are a better person than most of us and I have great respect for that.

    For the record, Wired Gecko is one of my favorite blogs. That is without the twitter and del.icio.us links 😉 Still, it would be a crying shame if you close it!

  2. Paul, Legend, what a great answer to a stupid debate. I honestly thought you would retaliate being called all those names, but you’ve proved me wrong and that you are a better person than most of us and I have great respect for that.

    For the record, Wired Gecko is one of my favorite blogs. That is without the twitter and del.icio.us links 😉 Still, it would be a crying shame if you close it!

  3. Paul, Legend, what a great answer to a stupid debate. I honestly thought you would retaliate being called all those names, but you’ve proved me wrong and that you are a better person than most of us and I have great respect for that.

    For the record, Wired Gecko is one of my favorite blogs. That is without the twitter and del.icio.us links 😉 Still, it would be a crying shame if you close it!

  4. Paul, Legend, what a great answer to a stupid debate. I honestly thought you would retaliate being called all those names, but you've proved me wrong and that you are a better person than most of us and I have great respect for that.

    For the record, Wired Gecko is one of my favorite blogs. That is without the twitter and del.icio.us links 😉 Still, it would be a crying shame if you close it!

  5. Thanks for the post, Paul. I have no idea who defaced Guy’s site but I know one thing for sure: it wasn’t me. If you ask me he is making these wild statements because he clearly has no idea who did. His lack of understanding of the difference between a hacker (computer experts who do not deface websites) and script kiddies (those who know nothing and do deface websites) demonstrates his ignorance. His remarks are so outrageous that I would not even bother to respond directly.

  6. Thanks for the post, Paul. I have no idea who defaced Guy’s site but I know one thing for sure: it wasn’t me. If you ask me he is making these wild statements because he clearly has no idea who did. His lack of understanding of the difference between a hacker (computer experts who do not deface websites) and script kiddies (those who know nothing and do deface websites) demonstrates his ignorance. His remarks are so outrageous that I would not even bother to respond directly.

  7. Thanks for the post, Paul. I have no idea who defaced Guy’s site but I know one thing for sure: it wasn’t me. If you ask me he is making these wild statements because he clearly has no idea who did. His lack of understanding of the difference between a hacker (computer experts who do not deface websites) and script kiddies (those who know nothing and do deface websites) demonstrates his ignorance. His remarks are so outrageous that I would not even bother to respond directly.

  8. Thanks for the post, Paul. I have no idea who defaced Guy's site but I know one thing for sure: it wasn't me. If you ask me he is making these wild statements because he clearly has no idea who did. His lack of understanding of the difference between a hacker (computer experts who do not deface websites) and script kiddies (those who know nothing and do deface websites) demonstrates his ignorance. His remarks are so outrageous that I would not even bother to respond directly.

  9. I was alerted to the existence of this converstaion by Charl this morning. I have not been keeping uo well with all things blog related and the state of my own is a crying shame. I do think that I have caught on in the meantime though, so here’s my ten cents worth:

    I looked at trafficdepartment and quite frankly the author would be better off applying for a position there. We see so much of that type of nonsense on the www and the mere fact the the guy’s site was defaced just proves his inexperience and/or lack of understanding of teh field he is applying himself as an expert to. Be that as it may, there are other articles that deal with that joke, so on to the crux of this one … how to respond to criticism.

    I must state first of all that I too sometimes make statements that offend and then I get a flaming on my own blog instead of people pitching in and contributing to the conversation. Funny thing is that if you should do similarly to those same individuals on their blogs, your response is met with utter disapproval. Seems some don’t understand the double-edged sword concept.

    Kudos to you then for responding to allegations against you in such a well mannered and calculated fashion – I bet your adversary is spitting flames by now.

    As for remarks about Charl – the man is a genius and one of the most modest, ethical people I have ever met. To accuse CharlVN of defacing a site can be likened to kicking a puppy – why hurt and/or insult someone who has not an evil bone in him?

    This Guy should be buried with his head sticking out of the ground for all to piss on.

  10. I was alerted to the existence of this converstaion by Charl this morning. I have not been keeping uo well with all things blog related and the state of my own is a crying shame. I do think that I have caught on in the meantime though, so here’s my ten cents worth:

    I looked at trafficdepartment and quite frankly the author would be better off applying for a position there. We see so much of that type of nonsense on the www and the mere fact the the guy’s site was defaced just proves his inexperience and/or lack of understanding of teh field he is applying himself as an expert to. Be that as it may, there are other articles that deal with that joke, so on to the crux of this one … how to respond to criticism.

    I must state first of all that I too sometimes make statements that offend and then I get a flaming on my own blog instead of people pitching in and contributing to the conversation. Funny thing is that if you should do similarly to those same individuals on their blogs, your response is met with utter disapproval. Seems some don’t understand the double-edged sword concept.

    Kudos to you then for responding to allegations against you in such a well mannered and calculated fashion – I bet your adversary is spitting flames by now.

    As for remarks about Charl – the man is a genius and one of the most modest, ethical people I have ever met. To accuse CharlVN of defacing a site can be likened to kicking a puppy – why hurt and/or insult someone who has not an evil bone in him?

    This Guy should be buried with his head sticking out of the ground for all to piss on.

  11. I was alerted to the existence of this converstaion by Charl this morning. I have not been keeping uo well with all things blog related and the state of my own is a crying shame. I do think that I have caught on in the meantime though, so here’s my ten cents worth:

    I looked at trafficdepartment and quite frankly the author would be better off applying for a position there. We see so much of that type of nonsense on the www and the mere fact the the guy’s site was defaced just proves his inexperience and/or lack of understanding of teh field he is applying himself as an expert to. Be that as it may, there are other articles that deal with that joke, so on to the crux of this one … how to respond to criticism.

    I must state first of all that I too sometimes make statements that offend and then I get a flaming on my own blog instead of people pitching in and contributing to the conversation. Funny thing is that if you should do similarly to those same individuals on their blogs, your response is met with utter disapproval. Seems some don’t understand the double-edged sword concept.

    Kudos to you then for responding to allegations against you in such a well mannered and calculated fashion – I bet your adversary is spitting flames by now.

    As for remarks about Charl – the man is a genius and one of the most modest, ethical people I have ever met. To accuse CharlVN of defacing a site can be likened to kicking a puppy – why hurt and/or insult someone who has not an evil bone in him?

    This Guy should be buried with his head sticking out of the ground for all to piss on.

  12. I was alerted to the existence of this converstaion by Charl this morning. I have not been keeping uo well with all things blog related and the state of my own is a crying shame. I do think that I have caught on in the meantime though, so here's my ten cents worth:

    I looked at trafficdepartment and quite frankly the author would be better off applying for a position there. We see so much of that type of nonsense on the www and the mere fact the the guy's site was defaced just proves his inexperience and/or lack of understanding of teh field he is applying himself as an expert to. Be that as it may, there are other articles that deal with that joke, so on to the crux of this one … how to respond to criticism.

    I must state first of all that I too sometimes make statements that offend and then I get a flaming on my own blog instead of people pitching in and contributing to the conversation. Funny thing is that if you should do similarly to those same individuals on their blogs, your response is met with utter disapproval. Seems some don't understand the double-edged sword concept.

    Kudos to you then for responding to allegations against you in such a well mannered and calculated fashion – I bet your adversary is spitting flames by now.

    As for remarks about Charl – the man is a genius and one of the most modest, ethical people I have ever met. To accuse CharlVN of defacing a site can be likened to kicking a puppy – why hurt and/or insult someone who has not an evil bone in him?

    This Guy should be buried with his head sticking out of the ground for all to piss on.

  13. Hi everyone, thanks for pitching in. I am really not bothered by what Guy, Richard or anyone of their ilk think about me. I wouldn’t run a blog like this if I couldn’t take criticism. The fact is, if all I posted was a load of irrelevant and offensive nonsense I wouldn’t have any readers or subscribers and would be talking to myself.

    I have been blogging on here for close to 2 years now and I have enjoyed the experience. I have been through a couple dramas like this one and there will be plenty more to come. I know I have been talking about shutting this blog down or changing a bit but in restrospect, I think I will keep going with it. That is, if you’ll keep coming back and don’t mind the posts being a little few a far between compared to my past postings.

  14. Hi everyone, thanks for pitching in. I am really not bothered by what Guy, Richard or anyone of their ilk think about me. I wouldn’t run a blog like this if I couldn’t take criticism. The fact is, if all I posted was a load of irrelevant and offensive nonsense I wouldn’t have any readers or subscribers and would be talking to myself.

    I have been blogging on here for close to 2 years now and I have enjoyed the experience. I have been through a couple dramas like this one and there will be plenty more to come. I know I have been talking about shutting this blog down or changing a bit but in restrospect, I think I will keep going with it. That is, if you’ll keep coming back and don’t mind the posts being a little few a far between compared to my past postings.

  15. Hi everyone, thanks for pitching in. I am really not bothered by what Guy, Richard or anyone of their ilk think about me. I wouldn’t run a blog like this if I couldn’t take criticism. The fact is, if all I posted was a load of irrelevant and offensive nonsense I wouldn’t have any readers or subscribers and would be talking to myself.

    I have been blogging on here for close to 2 years now and I have enjoyed the experience. I have been through a couple dramas like this one and there will be plenty more to come. I know I have been talking about shutting this blog down or changing a bit but in restrospect, I think I will keep going with it. That is, if you’ll keep coming back and don’t mind the posts being a little few a far between compared to my past postings.

  16. Hi everyone, thanks for pitching in. I am really not bothered by what Guy, Richard or anyone of their ilk think about me. I wouldn't run a blog like this if I couldn't take criticism. The fact is, if all I posted was a load of irrelevant and offensive nonsense I wouldn't have any readers or subscribers and would be talking to myself.

    I have been blogging on here for close to 2 years now and I have enjoyed the experience. I have been through a couple dramas like this one and there will be plenty more to come. I know I have been talking about shutting this blog down or changing a bit but in restrospect, I think I will keep going with it. That is, if you'll keep coming back and don't mind the posts being a little few a far between compared to my past postings.

  17. As I said in a previous post, it is amazing just how bitchy the little boys can be.

    Besides being really clever and interesting, you are one of the most decent people I know. For anyone to say otherwise is completely doff.

    This Guy person sounds like a total chop. Don’t waste another thought on him. He is clearly not worthy of intelligent debate. (personal attacks and name calling does not equal intelligent debate, no matter which way you slice it)

    I think you are pretty fabulous. For a guy 😉

    Txx

    PS How dare he insult you like that? Calling you a ‘journalist’! Sacrilege! I think you should sue for defamation.

  18. As I said in a previous post, it is amazing just how bitchy the little boys can be.

    Besides being really clever and interesting, you are one of the most decent people I know. For anyone to say otherwise is completely doff.

    This Guy person sounds like a total chop. Don’t waste another thought on him. He is clearly not worthy of intelligent debate. (personal attacks and name calling does not equal intelligent debate, no matter which way you slice it)

    I think you are pretty fabulous. For a guy 😉

    Txx

    PS How dare he insult you like that? Calling you a ‘journalist’! Sacrilege! I think you should sue for defamation.

  19. As I said in a previous post, it is amazing just how bitchy the little boys can be.

    Besides being really clever and interesting, you are one of the most decent people I know. For anyone to say otherwise is completely doff.

    This Guy person sounds like a total chop. Don’t waste another thought on him. He is clearly not worthy of intelligent debate. (personal attacks and name calling does not equal intelligent debate, no matter which way you slice it)

    I think you are pretty fabulous. For a guy 😉

    Txx

    PS How dare he insult you like that? Calling you a ‘journalist’! Sacrilege! I think you should sue for defamation.

  20. As I said in a previous post, it is amazing just how bitchy the little boys can be.

    Besides being really clever and interesting, you are one of the most decent people I know. For anyone to say otherwise is completely doff.

    This Guy person sounds like a total chop. Don't waste another thought on him. He is clearly not worthy of intelligent debate. (personal attacks and name calling does not equal intelligent debate, no matter which way you slice it)

    I think you are pretty fabulous. For a guy 😉

    Txx

    PS How dare he insult you like that? Calling you a 'journalist'! Sacrilege! I think you should sue for defamation.

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