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#FollowFriday: Paul Roberts

By: Gini Dietrich | June 22, 2012 | 
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I have a friend, who I met in the comments here and then continued getting to know via the various social networks, named Paul Roberts.

Paul, if you don’t know him, is a fellow communications professional. He also, until very recently, was an avid blogger.

A blogger who was writing as an experiment. A blogger who knows you can’t fully understand the social web unless you actually use it. A blogger who doesn’t want to recommend communications tool unless he’s tried them out himself first.

And now he’s retiring from blogging.

When I first read his blog post about retiring, my heart hurt a little bit. But then I really thought about what he said and I’m OK with it now. 

He says:

The last couple of months in which I haven’t blogged, have been fantastic. It is sort of like when you get to a point in your career where you finally make enough money that you can quit your part time job. It has been very freeing. Don’t get me wrong, there is much that I’ve missed about blogging, but personally, my life has never been better. I’m spending more time with my wife and kids on weekends, no longer writing late at night or early morning, my health is the best it’s been in years. Maybe this isn’t all because I’ve stopped blogging, but you get the point.

He goes on to say his blogging experiment has provided him invaluable experience. What I found most interesting is he comments that in training clients, the bullet points on the slides won’t change, but the conversation around why you should blog, what it entails, why the commitment is necessary, and how it’s not just about writing, but you also have to market it has changed.

Which goes to my point above about not knowing how this world really works until you do it yourself.

I admire and respect the heck out of someone who tries something, gets into it so much he understands both the science and the art of it, and then knows when it’s time to retire. There are some professionals who could learn from Paul (cough, Michael Jordan and Brett Favre, cough).

But just because he’s leaving the blogosphere doesn’t mean you can’t get to know him elsewhere on the web. Check him out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, or even old school it and email him.

And, perhaps, he’ll get the writing bug and agree to guest blog here. What do you say, Paul?

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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RebeccaTodd
4 years 1 month ago

Now following based on the strength of his twitter bio alone. 

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @RebeccaTodd Right?! 

rdopping
rdopping
4 years 1 month ago

 @RebeccaTodd Damn! Me too! I would love to see that Powerpoint.

PaulRobertsPAR
PaulRobertsPAR
4 years 1 month ago
As I inappropriately taught my 5 year old to say ‘holly bleep’ I didn’t see this coming. See this in my Twitter steam was a nice way to start a long weekend.   This is very nice of you Gini. I guess, based on the Jordan and Favre references, I better say retired. 🙂    While I’m honestly a little embarrassed by this type of spotlight and at a bit of a loss for words right now, I really do appreciate this.   You’ve highlighted a number of people in this section previously that I know and like (Ted, Steve,… Read more »
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @PaulRobertsPAR It’s absolutely my pleasure! I’m a big fan of yours, blogger or not.

PaulRobertsPAR
PaulRobertsPAR
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich blushing…

jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

Consider yourself followed, @PaulRobertsPAR . 

Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing

Oh, yeah. This man I vouch for; he’s #RockHot, and I only just got to know him as he included me on a list — yep, a list, and I was so not offended. Gonna miss your take on the ‘sphere, Friend! But, I think I already sent a GP invite, too, eh, Paul?
 
Enjoy your day glued to Spin Sucks comments! You deserve all the attention and more!

LouHoffman
LouHoffman
4 years 1 month ago

Gini,
 
Glad you wrote this.
 
if can blend old school and new school–
 
Paul is a mensch with a take.
 
 

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @LouHoffman LOL! Love it!

HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago
I heard he was retiring from the Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr and sticking with G+ and Myspace. because that is what you do when you declare victory and have the money to retire comfortably. You can be where you want vs where your customers are. You can declare Sunday to be Thursday and demand your cable company change the schedule to fit yours now. You have the time to watch every commercial even though you DVRed a show. You can use a cassette walkman if you want. Drink beer from a can. Ride a freaking Big Wheel again. You can… Read more »
HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago
I heard he was retiring from the Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr and sticking with G+ and Myspace. because that is what you do when you declare victory and have the money to retire comfortably. You can be where you want vs where your customers are. You can declare Sunday to be Thursday and demand your cable company change the schedule to fit yours now. You have the time to watch every commercial even though you DVRed a show. You can use a cassette walkman if you want. Drink beer from a can. Ride a freaking Big Wheel again. You can… Read more »
TheJackB
4 years 1 month ago
 @HowieSPM You wouldn’t know it, but I have blogged about my Big Wheel on more than one occasion. I was a bad kid on that sucker and one of the rulers of the street.   Sometimes I miss those days. Jim McKay never did profile me on ABC’s Wide Wide World of Sports nor was I interviewed by Howard Cosell. I’d argue that both of them missed the mark by a large shot.   Sigh.   Anyhoo, I respect those who master the craft and leave their keyboards alone and apart in the center of the ring. Kenny Rogers was right,… Read more »
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @TheJackB  @HowieSPM Groupon. Sigh..

TheJackB
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich  @HowieSPM 
Good old Groupon, I remember when…

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @HowieSPM He’s quitting Facebook with you. Oh wait.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

@PaulRobertsPAR I like holy bleep. I’m stealing it.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

@bdorman264 Sigh.

bdorman264
bdorman264
4 years 1 month ago

@ginidietrich Yeah, but who really luvs ya…:) Happy Friday

GeoffReiner
4 years 1 month ago

Gini,
This is a touching post and I’m I see @PaulRobertsPAR greatly appreciates your kind words.  Reading this post, I am reminded of  a story that I read in The 4-Hour Workweek called “The Story of the Mexican Fisherman”.  If you have some time, check it out:  http://tinyurl.com/2mnbtl
 

annedreshfield
4 years 1 month ago

I feel like a lot of people just don’t know when it’s time to stop, when you’ve done enough, and when you’ve done the best you can. Great job on having the insight to do so, Paul. Consider yourself followed. 🙂 And enjoy your extra free time, though it sounds like you already are! 

PaulRobertsPAR
PaulRobertsPAR
4 years 1 month ago

 @annedreshfield Thanks for the nice comment. I appreciate it and the follow too. Nice to meet you.

GeoffReiner
4 years 1 month ago

Gini, (growing up my mom always told me “you only have one chance at first impressions,” but you will see I deleted my first comment and thought I would try again… 🙂
 
This was a touching story and it’s always tough when great talent hangs up their skates.   @PaulRobertsPAR  I too checked out your post “PR’s Blogging Lessons Learned” and you certainly have serious talent.  Congrats on all your success!  You will be missed..

ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @GeoffReiner  You are too funny! In this case, your mom was wrong…but I’ll bet she’s right in most other cases.

GeoffReiner
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich
 As long as my mom being wrong stays between the two of us I’m okay with that!  Thanks and happy Friday  🙂

PaulRobertsPAR
PaulRobertsPAR
4 years 1 month ago

 @GeoffReiner Thanks for taking the time to read and to comment here. Good first impression by the way. Happy to connect with you.

Steveology
Steveology
4 years 1 month ago

@paulrobertspar Ha!

Andrea T.H.W.
4 years 1 month ago
Well, who can say Paul is wrong? Blogging sucks an enormous amount of time, unless someone uses Fiverr everyday, then to be successful you must be very active on social media, and this sucks an even bigger amount of time; in general revenues are risible and you turn around and see that real life has more or less disappeared. Sometimes it seems some kind of MLM.   But as a way to drive power and leads to a brand or a business it surely can work. Not that much as a business in itself unless someone teaches how to make… Read more »
PaulRobertsPAR
PaulRobertsPAR
4 years 1 month ago

 @Andrea T.H.W. Thank you for taking the time to comment. ‘who can say Paul is wrong’ well, let me introduce you to my kids. They tell me all the time. 

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