1. Reconciling the huge gap between how interesting and important you tell your clients it all is, versus how interesting and important you actually find it all yourself.
2. The endless train of online armchair quarterbacks endlessly trying to engage you with endless rounds of mental masturbation.
3. The same usual suspects whining endlessly on about the same usual suspects.
4. The idea that spouting endless hyperbole about the latest doohickey widget is actually an interesting, compelling and worthy way for a grown man to spend his free time.
5. The well-intentioned but misguided belief that anonymous loser douchebags are actually entitled to an opinion.
6. People at conference panels, pretending that the only reason they’re attending is to offer valuable insight to their fellow man, as opposed to just pimping their wares and/or scouting for consulting gigs.
7. The pervasive use of the term, “2.0” to describe anything other than internet software e.g. “Love 2.0”, “Women 2.0”, “Breakup 2.0”, “Food 2.0”, “Religion 2.0”, “Music 2.0”, “Poetry 2.0”, yak yak yak…
8. Any blogger with higher traffic than my own.
9. The popular but mistaken belief that there is a vast, unstoppable army of people in the world who actually care about this shit.
10. The sophomoric conceit that “The Conversation” is two-way. To quote Fran Leibowitz, “The opposite of Talking is not Listening. The opposite of Talking is Waiting”.