Update – And A Lesson Learned?

There’s been a brief lull on the blog, 10 days since the last post, which I thought was worth a little explanation. Apart from being away in London for one of the weekends, followed by the usual catch-up in the week following, we’ve been working more on our next iPhone app. Compared with SnowMates, this app has a wider target audience and is designed for more consistent/continual use (rather than being centred around a trip/holiday). As such, I’ve started to think about ways in which we might market it – to spread the word once it’s released. It’s a fun project.

Getting back to the blog, here’s a video to check out. Fun shredding, you’ve gotta love The Stash…

And here’s another video:

Skiing? It’s not something that I usually post about, but one of the other things that has taken some time recently has been an influx of comments on a previous article, in which I described: Why Snowboarding is Better than Skiing.

It’s been an interesting process. Somebody linked to the article from a skiing forum, resulting in quite a few angry skiers descending on the article and comments. It’s the first time I’ve really been flamed on the Internet. Nice.

Seriously though, it made me think. Did I make a mistake with the article? Yes, it was just my opinion, but I did publish it under a provocative title. Was I deliberately opening a can of worms?

Many people have said that this argument is old news, and there shouldn’t be an argument anyway, it’s pointless trying to rank one sport as being better than another…

Whilst I do agree with that, I’m still pretty sure that if someone said: “I’m thinking of trying skiing or snowboarding, which do you think?” I’d say something like: “Snowboarding, it’s way better”. To be honest, I wrote the article and title knowing that it would be controversial to some. I didn’t expect so many people to be so annoyed about it. It probably was a mistake. So I’m sorry if I’ve pissed some people off, but, it was my opinion, and it’s still my opinion. I’ll take the flaming on the chin and log it as a lesson learned in writing on the Internet…

7 Comments

  • Reply February 21, 2011

    Reneator

    Hey Gavin,

    Don’t let you being messed up by those Flamers, for me, you do a pretty good work, and i think those are the ones to learn a lesson. So this is the Process of Hate and flaming on the internet, and it always will be, so keep up with the good work, so you were the one not flaming back like “your mama smells like poo, because she puts you on skiers”
    So i got a bit of mercy while reading your post here (after i read alle the Skiers comments (not all, but the most^^)), I think you didnt to the wrong thing, It were the skiers who hated on you. (A bit of your starting fault it was, but with the good work, nothing of a real mistake on the internets! :))
    And if somebody gets angry or hates (knows it from myself; i only get angry, if someone does something lifethreatening, or i give him subsconsciously (difficult word :P) right)).
    So i hope you dont take it too serious! This is the Internetz (yes its written that way :D), and everybody who Publice something risks (awakens) the Haters.

    So Keep on with the good work gavin

    Your biggest fan (hΓΆhΓΆh^^ a little of an exaggeration :P) (and yes i know my english is terrible^^)

    Peace and love
    RenΓ©

    P.S
    So yep it was your fault with posting it on the internetz πŸ˜›

  • Reply February 22, 2011

    Fraser

    Don’t apologise to them man, like you said its your opinion and your entitled to it, just as they are entitled to theirs I suppose. I would be happy with the flaming tbh, you’ve got some extra views in there πŸ˜‰ maybe you managed to convert some of them to the good side when they visited your blog aswell! By the way thanks for the help awhile back with my blog, turns out my brother wanted to start out on a free one so we’ve just got one set up on wordpress atm, but nonetheless your help was appreciated πŸ™‚
    keep up the good work!
    fraser

  • Reply February 22, 2011

    Reneator

    “;) maybe you managed to convert some of them to the good side when they visited your blog aswell!” I Like πŸ˜€

  • Reply February 22, 2011

    Mark

    I thought it was a good article and apart from the provocative title I was a balanced argument. I got the impression that the majority of people commenting hadn’t actually read the origional post.
    The Stash looks really cool, I seen a video a while ago of them building it. Was cool to see the finished product in action!

  • Reply February 22, 2011

    Gavin

    Hey Guys,

    @Rene, thanks πŸ™‚ Yeah, maybe it wasn’t a ‘mistake’ – but Ciara said to me “what did you expect?” And she/you guys are right. Maybe it was naive to think that there wouldn’t be a shit storm πŸ™‚

    @Fraser, no worries at all, glad you’re up and running. Like you said, some extra view and maybe some converts!

    @Mark, it’s weird when you go back and read something you wrote a while ago. Because this one came under some heavy fire, I did start thinking “I could have written that better”. I don’t think my overall points would have changed, just explained what I’d meant a bit more. Have you been to a Stash? I’ve only been to the one in Avoriaz, but they all look good!

    Cheers, Gav

  • Reply February 25, 2011

    Mark

    Take it all with a pinch of salt and enjoy the extra views as said above!
    I’ve only been to the one in Avoriaz as well, really enjoyed it. Some really cool features and a nice change to the normal park set up

  • Reply February 26, 2011

    Gavin

    Hey Mark – yeah, that’s why I like the stash, it’s a bit different to a normal park. And once you get familiar with some of the different routes through, work out which features you like, you can really make a good “run” through.

    Cheers

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