If what I’m reading in this article is correct, Dan Lyons – the prolific blogger who rose to blogger superstar status with his hilarious “Fake Steve Jobs” blog will no longer be blogging in his current incarnation “Real Dan.”
Apparently, there was a bit of a flare-up on his blog over some issues surrounding the changing of the guard at Yahoo, and rather than go through the kinds of issues I’m sure Dan went through writing Fake Steve Jobs – Dan has potentially decided to stop blogging (hopefully this is just a temporary halt).
I feel for Dan, I really do. As a former journalist, there were times I was screaming inside to write the “real” story or at least write in plain facts about certain trends, companies, etc. Tech journalists do a great job of uncovering the truth around technology developments, explain complex software in layman’s terms, and allow us to keep a nice finger on the pulse of the industry. But so much of the writing has to follow a formula, and of course the advertising-driven world of tech media means that only so much “truth” can be inserted into a piece.
Becoming an analyst after being a journalist for so long was like a breath of fresh air. I was allowed to call a spade a spade, as it were, and it was a great thing. Too often as a journalist I needed to quote three sources just to say things that myself and everyone reading the piece already knew. It could get frustrating having to second guess using a world like “troubled” in describing a company whose stock had dropped 92% in the last two quarters.
The funny thing is, I have met Dan and had a few laughs with him when he spoke at our SugarCon event last year. While Dan’s writing is acerbic at times, Dan was actually one of the nicest guys I have met in the media world. He doesn’t seem to have a malicious bone in his body, but rather Dan seems more like an idealist and suffers, like me from what I call “terminal east coaster syndrome.” The inability to stomach too much marketing BS is one of the major symptoms…
If Dan is finished blogging in his current style, he will be sorely missed.