Once in a while I get approached by a reporter (either local newspaper or national business magazine) to comment on some story. I'm really not sure why they approach a B list blogger like me (how long since I last posted?) but it probably has something to do with the fact that I'm one of the only bloggers that went from Microsoft to Google. If there is a story that involves Google and Microsoft, my name seems to come up.
My standard answer to any requests like this is that I can't comment. Here is the mail I sent in response to a message last night:
As much as I would love to help you out on your story, it is probably best for me to not comment on stuff like this. I want to keep my discourse on Microsoft (especially compared to my current employer) as positive as possible. I'm afraid that any thing that I might say would come across as "Microsoft bashing." This isn't just the Google PR dept. talking either -- I really want to take the high road.
I'm sorry that I can't be of more help. Good luck with your story.
The funny part is that talking to the media has absolutely no upside for me. If I had something important to say, I would much rather post it here on my blog and let people link to it and forward it around if they find it interesting.
Reasons to blog over talking to a reporter:
So -- reporters -- feel free to send me email. I'll happily respond in a polite way. But don't count on getting any comments out of me that I'm not willing to share on my blog. And I'd much rather put them on my blog in the first place.