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Comments 12 by Rebecca Bollwitt
After the wonderful weekend and radio experience last night, I’m having such a Monday – it ain’t even funny. Work is work, which we all know (for me) is nothing special at all. On top of that I was checking out some blogs and ran into a post on the Georgia Straight blog about the Matthew Good living room show.
In the post “Matthew Good Goes Bye-Bye” they detail the events leading up to Matt’s travels out of town and country. At the end of the post I was anticipating some kind of mention about the living room show… well this is how it ends: “Giving credit where it’s due, we were scooped on this story by, which reported on an intimate farewell gig Good played last week.”

Oh, okay – the chick from Chart Attack (who was in attendance) wrote about it. So I followed the link and read the article. It wasn’t written by her but she’s mentioned and gives a recap of the night. Hm, not one mention of the live blog. Interesting. I would have thought that on top of inviting 20 fans to a private living room show, putting on a farewell to Vancouver acoustic performance, having someone live blog then entire event for the world (20,000 people refreshing and leaving over 100 interactive comments) would be worth mentioning. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity, for representing the fans and reporting on such a monumentous occasion, to me at least – it was a big deal.

If you google search “Matthew Good Living Room Show” the first hit is for the post I wrote on Metroblogging and the third is for my live blog post. The fifth is for – those guys supplied most of the requests, took a video AND kept track of the entire set list. Not one mention of them at all as well.

I have always tried to be good with my blogging – giving credit where it’s due and getting the whole story. If you’re using a photo, if you’re unsure of certain facts, try and get them straight – do some google searches and see what’s out there. It’s okay to be wrong or guess a little because hey, that’s what the comments section is for eh? :p

But I just have to say, I’m less than impressed with a) the Georgia Straight blog b) Chart Attack. Maybe I should have beat them to it? Maybe I should have passed my “story” along to the papers, but ya know – I kinda wanted to keep it to my blog and the readers here. Was that a bum move on my part?

Maybe I’m over reacting…

Update: My not-so-strongly worded email has been posted on the Georgia Straight blog post (“Matthew Good Goes Bye-Bye“) at the bottom of the page.

12 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. AnonymousMonday, September 25th, 2006 — 5:22pm PDT


  2. JennyMonday, September 25th, 2006 — 7:38pm PDT

    I wouldn’t worry about it. It was a pretty weak article. The author didn’t seem to care much and offered little insight. But you are right , they did mention getting ‘scooped’ on the story when you blatantly had the real deal.

  3. SoultranceMonday, September 25th, 2006 — 9:03pm PDT

    If they weren’t willing to put some effort into it and cover everything fully and well, then they shouldn’t have bothered spending the time to do it.

    I’ve never been a fan of ChartAttack, from my experiences, their stuff is usually pretty crappy and I never read the Straight blog, so I can’t comment on them.

    All I can say is “Death to the Infidel!” 🙂

  4. Miss 604Monday, September 25th, 2006 — 9:11pm PDT

    Seems like I’ve come to expect more details, accuracy and information from bloggers than mainstream media (if you can call them that hehe)

  5. Jonathon NarveyMonday, September 25th, 2006 — 9:43pm PDT

    Not nice at all. Don’t beat yourself up for not being a publicity hound. What goes around comes around. By the way, 20,000 hits and 100 comments is insane. Nicely done.

  6. wynMonday, September 25th, 2006 — 11:07pm PDT

    I do believe you should relax. There have been numerous indications that your blog is an “authority” on things Vancouver from the 20K hits to the recommendation in a paper.
    As someone who’s only started reading — back when? — recently, your blog has gone through mini-incarnations and got so many more blog goodies than before it is noticeably better. Way to go. =) And keep on truckin’ – you gots your loyal readers hooked on you.

  7. Miss 604Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 — 9:20am PDT

    Thanks 🙂 The general consensus seems to be that I shouldn’t expect greatness from either of those “sources” so that’s that.

    …on another note I haven’t posted ANYTHING about ANTM yet, Wynne! You got any faves so far?

  8. AnonymousTuesday, September 26th, 2006 — 10:35am PDT

    You are over-reacting.

    It’s just a blog.

  9. Miss 604Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 — 10:37am PDT

    I’m moreso reacting to the inaccuracies in the local papers. All they have to do is a little research or a Google search to get their facts right.

  10. John BollwittTuesday, September 26th, 2006 — 12:15pm PDT

    And maybe there is a bigger issue here. Is independent media or citizen journalism being snubbed? It’s quite possible, and I hesitate to say so just yet. There is the other part of the story that maybe they were completely ignorant to the fact. Afterall, it was a quick 48 hours where everything went down.

    But to say that “it’s just a blog” has far too many flaws as an argument. Is Matthew Good’s blog more valid because he’s a professional musician? Big shot CEO’s have their own blogs that are more than just that. They bypass traditional media outlets, and “official news” is reported off of what those folks publish.

    The “Music Blog” from the Straight cites information from Good’s blog, so does that mean that all of this is a bunch of crap? If that stands to reason, all blogs must be the same. If not, then maybe no one really cares about journalistic integrity anymore because I doubt you will find anyone at the Straight to honestly admit that they’re not a “journalist”.

    It is interesting that the person cited in the Chart Attack article didn’t mention the live blog, even though she sat to the immediate right of Rebecca during the whole event. However, if she wanted to check her facts about all the quotes in the article, then she had a great resource to double check herself on.

  11. wynTuesday, September 26th, 2006 — 3:07pm PDT

    I forgot to mention how much it cracks me up the Vancouverite reviewing/tearing up the latest issue of the Straight. =P

    I’m not watching ANTM this season. Last season was a one-time thing. I’m following Amazing Race and Survivor and got a few teams I’m rooting for!

  12. Miss 604Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 — 3:13pm PDT

    oooooh who on amazing race? we’re got our office blog up again and some people are having a tough time picking a fave so far.

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