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April 30, 2012

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Melissa O.

Greetings Scott,

Fairly excited about BlogMutt, I tracked you down online and read through the entire BM site (gasp!), which didn't take long. Still interested but unsatisfied I decided to read your blog, only to find that you've written a rant about your target freelance blogger.
Maybe rethink taking business tips from your 8 year old? Be sure to wipe your mouth though, you're 'drooling' like a Boomer.

Not only have you deterred me from wanting to work for your company but you've actually published that you lack confidence in the group of writers that you're hoping to provide to small / medium size businesses.

As for judging the Millennial generation, I would recommend broadening your sample size beyond a class of 35 students and a group of healthy, athletic young adults. I play for a recreational league - for fun, no trophies involved - at Wash Park every Tuesday at 6:00 pm and unfortunately for your ironclad argument, the players ages will range from 25-55 years old. So I'm afraid that in writing what has come across as a whiny, point-your-finger, self-righteous blog post you have successfully aligned yourself with the attitude that you detest so much.

P.s. I watched the video provided. To a group of graduating seniors that 'inspirational' monologue is one of the hundreds they will receive that year. I'd recommend a different opener.

Scott Yates

Jed,

You wrote: "What is the point of working hard when everything will probably all go up in smoke anyway?"

The point of working hard is to get good at something. If the only way these kids value something is if someone gives them a trophy, they'll never understand the joy of playing soccer for fun, or writing something really solid.


Scott Yates

David, You are right that eventually they will have to work, but when that day comes they just won't know how.

Jed Davis

I think one of the key points that you missed in your blog post is the view of Millennials towards the future. Many young people don't have a whole lot of hope. They have seen the stock market reach new heights only to see everything come crashing back down. Real value doesn't seem to exist; it can be created and destroyed in an instant.

When this so called "value" disappears, stocks crumble, and companies cut workers to help improve the bottom line. It doesn't matter how hard one works, because the value never really existed in the first place. What is the point of working hard when everything will probably all go up in smoke anyway?

With most of the employment growth over the next decade slated to occur in the service industry, there aren't a whole lot of places of employment. Most of the people you see playing in the park probably have off during the week because they are working weekends to serve the rest of the US population...

I am on the cusp between gen x and y myself, so I'm just giving you the other side of the equation.

David Pennington

Great writing, Scott.

I'm 27 and I made it all the way through.

You have to wonder how many of the Wash Park volleyball elite are drunkenly spiking while riding out the remnant of their trust funds? Furthermore, how many of them will work hard enough to build a trust fund for their own kid to use? Eventually the workers will realize what they need to do. Not for pride, but because they are downright hungry.

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