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Thursday Thoughts – WTF


WTFC- why cover it?  No one cared in the first place.  We love you though. 

  • The word is REAL-TOR  not REAL-a-TOR.

Nothing chaps my ass more than to hear someone call themselves or someone else a REAL a TOR.  If you’re going to put yourself on a video- at least understand how to spell & pronounce the title.  Sorry, that one always gets me.

  • No one comes to a Business Blog to read your personal crap.

So you had bad day. Big Deal. People come online to be inspired.  Not feeling all that inspiring? CTRL ALT DELETE to blog another day.  Now, if you’re covering a story that is negative, folks will eat that up- but try to be removed from the negativity by at least one degree.

  • I Twitter.

Enough said.

  • Because you blog makes you not a Superstar.

Except in your own universe, maybe.   Spare us the self serving crap.

 Something got you scratching your head?  We’d love to know…

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.



  1. jf.sellsius

    December 6, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Yes, Benn, you may be right that one one cares (but how does one know that?) Still, we cover it because we care. Silence in the face of what I consider hypocrisy has never been my style. Blame it on the legal education system.

    I also happen to believe Inman News is not out to fleece its audiences. (at least that’s how I read the remark that Inman recruits audiences so he can “spit on them” )

    Maybe it’s not a big deal after all.

  2. Benn Rosales

    December 6, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Inman has a bias in general, I do not know for a fact that it includes Brad personally. Greg does make a valid point in that connect is not agentcentric, although I am not sure there are not gains to be made by being there. If nothing else it’s a fantastic excuse to meet some of the players in this new game.

    Side note(s):
    1. The dog is gross, enough said.
    2. Brad probably does spit a little when he speaks
    3. I’ll defend Brad when the news is free.
    4. I’ll defend your right to be heard no matter what you cover.
    5. I’ll defend Gregs right to bite Brad’s ankels when Inman doesn’t cover the unchained event in May
    6. I will also defend Brad’s right not to cover it (unchained) if he believes that a blogging group said “screw it” let’s give the audience what they’re begging for- isn’t news worthy. Although a lot of eye rolling will take place- and Everyone will have to defend my right to blog the hell out of the fact the Inman said no thank you to a GREAT news story.

  3. Benjamin Bach

    December 6, 2007 at 11:11 am

    I honestly wish Greg would stick to real estate. His posts on latin, convoluted stories, why he’s the best, etc. get skipped over by me and many I know, in favour of the great content BHB produces.

  4. jf.sellsius

    December 6, 2007 at 11:18 am

    I did not realize Connect was supposed to be agent centric. I don’t even believe events have to be agent centric to be worthwhile to agents. But that is not the point of the post.

    The point is hypocrisy:

    Greg has repeatedly denounced the Connects (see the links in the post)– I support his right to say so (although I think it was tacky to do it on Inman’s blog as a guest blogger– it’s like being invited to a dinner party and standing up at the table to proclaim to your host “the food sucks”)

    He also declined a prior invite saying his reputation would suffer for speaking at an event he does not support— again I support his right not to speak at an event he does not support.
    BUT..(now here’s where the hypocrisy come in).. if he does not support the Connect and his reputation is at stake if he speaks WHY would an honorarium or a keynote make any difference. It shouldn’t. [There is another word for someone who does something they don’t want to do & is against their moral principles– provided they get paid first. It’s the oldest profession– and I don’t mean farming.]

    1. so is hypocrisy
    2. don’t sit in the front row 🙂
    3. it’s sort of like blacklisting comments on BHB– I see your point
    4. same here
    5. I will defend his right to say anything, although he denies others theirs. But consider that Inman did not bite Greg’s leg for not covering the Inman event.
    6. greatness is usually attributed to an event AFTER it takes place. And I will certainly defend your right to call it great afterwards.

    Now, to bring an end to this long-winded comment (my apologies to your readers)– If you feel so strongly about defending rights to speak, you might address GS blacklisting policy- (it’s not “moderation” when all comments are suppressed). Even if you defend his right to blacklist comments on his posts, how can you defend his right to blacklist comments on his contributor’s posts? If it is their copyrighted work (as Greg admits) they should have the right to say– “Greg,do not censor comments on my work”. Perhaps I think writers are due more respect. I do not even know if he tells his contributing writers this is taking place. If he has and they consent, that’s a whole ‘nother story.

  5. Chris Lengquist

    December 6, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    “No one comes to a Business Blog to read your personal crap.”

    Are you telling me that no one cares about my Kansas Jayhawks? 🙁

  6. Todd Carpenter

    December 6, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    You know… Any non-Realtor agent could start calling themselves a Realator right now, and pretty much nobody in the general public would know any different. is available. :p

  7. Lani Anglin

    December 6, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Chris, no one cares about your stupid Jayhawks 🙂 or the fact that you’re a Real-A-Tor…

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