Talk Less, Blog More

Lisa bought me this spoon on Etsy. I love it! 
Lisa bought me this spoon on Etsy. I love it! 

I don’t need another iPad. No one does. That’s probably why sales are plummeting. But I bought the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro anyway. Hey, it’s my job. I also have a secret agenda. I’m betting it will be the perfect blogging platform.

Two new features intrigued me.

It’s the first iPad to have a real camera. The same excellent camera, in fact, that comes in the iPhone 6s. That means I’ll be able to shoot stills and videos right from my blogging tool. I’ve tried that with the iPhone 6s plus and the Galaxy S7, but typing on those things is impossible for those of us with sausage finger syndrome (SFS).

And that’s where the new iPad’s itty bitty keyboard comes in. Now I can actually type my posts. It’s too early to tell whether it’s workable for SFS sufferers, but I’m using it right now and it’s not too bad. If I were an artist like Serenity Caldwell I’d even be able to sketch a little. I had hoped to do the same thing with Google’s Pixel C and the skinny Macbook before that, but neither quite suited.

With the Smart case the new iPad still is small enough to fit into my man bag, and light enough that I won’t mind carrying it all the time. And that means I’ll have the means to mash those keys wherever I am.

I can use the tiny Shure Motiv microphone to record high quality audio right into the beast. Which means I can audio blog, too. And I find it much easier to talk than type.

As the good book says, Alexander Hamilton wrote “like he was running out of time.” And, as a result, we know more of his thoughts and life than any of the other founding fathers. Hearing that has inspired me to talk less, blog more. Or maybe do both and in a couple of hundred years someone will write a hit musical about me. Maybe I should challenge Dvorak to a duel? Nah. I am not throwing away my shot!

No Digital Experience For You

I’ve done some digging and as far as I can tell here’s the full story. It isn’t necessarily the organizers’ fault. Here’s what happened. I’ll leave it to you to decide…

I rsvp’ed to the PR company that holds the event, Pepcom, independently of my team. Our camera crew and producers were already credentialed without problem.

Pepcom replied to my email saying that they had not reviewed my credentials since Dec 2009 (even though I’ve been to several of their events at CES and the NAB Show since then) and asked for “two recently published, bylined articles.” I missed their email (I miss a lot of email) – but my original email to them had a link to all my stuff ( and my phone number, and a simple Google would have told them anything they needed to know. Obviously I don’t have any bylined articles – I’m a broadcaster.

I’ve had previous run-ins (including a telephone shouting match) with John Pepper, the principal at Pepcom, about getting producers in, and as a result boycotted their events from 2005-2009. It feels like they jumped at the chance to keep me off the list – certainly they expended zero effort finding out who I am.

TWiT ended up with full coverage of their event anyway. I had planned to record some segments independently for my nationally-syndicated radio show with some of the attendees. It’s those attendees, each of whom paid a pretty price to be there, who are the losers, not me. Interestingly, Pepcom deleted complaints on Facebook about this, and even blocked the complainers. I was also told they deleted a Twitter account that was receiving a lot of complaints. They haven’t contacted me in any way since then.

As I said, I can’t really be sure who’s fault all this is, but it sure hurt my feelings. We’ll have to decide whether to cover Pepcom events at future shows.