Why Bill Gates Would Be The Worst Blogger Ever

by Joe Boyle on October 26, 2011 · 33 comments

Why Bill Gates Would Be The Worst Blogger Ever

Much like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates is perhaps one of the most common household names among those who own computers. Whether you are a die-hard Microsoft user or not, you should know Bill Gates’ name much like you should know your own. I for one, though, am glad that he chose to create software for personal computers, and to stay as far away from blogging as he possibly could. In fact, I would be embarrassed to be a blogger if the likes of Bill Gates had ever stumbled upon a website like WordPress and began actively blogging on it.

Now, before I continue on in this post, let me say that I am in no way, shape nor form, against Bill Gates. I feel as if he is one of the reasons I, myself, am a blogger today. Without Bill Gates, most of the world would probably still be using pigeons (or whatever technological advance had yet to been made prior to the personal computer. (Please feel my sarcasm.) ) to communicate with friends and family.

In the sense of a blogger, however, Bill Gates would be one of the worst I could imagine. But what would make me say things like that? Well it’s simple – he simply doesn’t have enough talent.


Let me start with a case and point – Windows Vista. If you are one of those people who actually enjoyed Windows Vista, I’d ask you to now – right now – exit the internet and never return. Windows Vista was deeply powered off of one of Bill Gates many quotes – “If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good”.

Windows Vista looked amazing – I’ll give it that. It was by far one of the coolest looking operating systems of its time. Functionally, however, it was most handicapped excuses for an operating system; I’d choose Windows 2000 or ME over it (it was that bad).


Let’s think of functionality on a blog as the content. It won’t matter how amazing your blog looks, if the content sucks to the point where I want to [insert violent action that I'd to unto myself], I’m not coming back. I’d rather you have the ugliest blog in the world then the most amazing looking, provided the content is stellar. In fact, I’d rather you use a plain white background with just black text and have great content, then to screw up the content.

Simply put, content is king, and design is his heir to the throne. Let’s think of King Henry VIII. In this example, he will be the content of your blog. Henry was so highly viewed upon that, despite his six wives and multiple affairs, he was still thought of the best of the best. He had a castle built (called NonSuch) that bankrupt the country of England. Still, people loved him.

King Henry VIII wasn’t a looker, though. He was a very large angry man, but he was still loved. Clearly, content is king [literally], and should be viewed very highly upon. So, please, be more like King Henry VIII, and less like Bill Gates.

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Paul Salmon October 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Interesting analogies here between Bill Gates, Henry VII and blogging. I agree that content is king, and I have seen many well written blog posts with great information on plain old, white-background blogs. The funny thing is I didn’t realize the template of the blog was plain until after I had read all the content. If the content is good, then your visitors will be too into your content that they won’t care what your blog looks like.

Going back to the Bill Gates analogy, does this also mean that he will create a good blog with every 2nd blog he creates? While Vista was horrible, XP and Windows 7 were good operating systems.
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Joe Boyle October 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

In regards to him having a successful blog every second time around, let’s view it as recognition. What’s a bad blogger always a bad blogger? Hehe :)
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Jasmine October 27, 2011 at 2:48 am

Interesting topic. I agree that Windows Vista is horrible, but do also note that XP and Windows 7 are great operating systems. I don’t think Bill Gates would be the worst blogger ever simply because Vista is not a good operating system.
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M.sai - Dailyblogtools.com October 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

yes Jasmine I am Also Agree With You.Your Last Point Is Very Good :)
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Joe Boyle October 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

You must realize, though, that they are all design heavy, and content as a secondary. It’s just never going to work.
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Aaron November 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

I used to be fan of XP and Windows 7 till I moved to my new mac. I would not claim that MacBook is perfect. It does hang sometimes just like windows, but it does do a lot of things better.
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goa carnival October 27, 2011 at 6:11 am

Nice and useful one,

No doubt in that many good tools coming now adays for make work more good. Beside that vista have their own identity in market . When XP or WINDOW 7 were not came in market for use then at that time Vista was working good.
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Joe Boyle October 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

It really was a lot of close marketing, though. Windows 7 had a LOT of marketing to help expose its great features.
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Steve October 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm


Very entertaining and you make some great points. The look design and appearance are very important but if they are not backed by some substance it is all a house of cards waiting to fall down.
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Joe Boyle October 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I like the analogy. Now, there is nothing to say you can’t have the best of both worlds. Why not have a Utopia? Hehe
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Riya October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

No one likes the Windows Vista, that’s the fact it was a great flop ever for Microsoft and certainly it has learnt a lesson… look is not everything you need to focus on it’s feature as well.
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Joe Boyle October 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I am certain Microsoft did learn its lesson. It made a killing off of Vista, but a lot of people jumped to the Apple boat afterwards – Apple has functionality AND looks.
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Ryan Biddulph October 28, 2011 at 5:18 am

Super interesting analogy here JB. Hadn’t thought of Bill Gates and blogging this way, but what you say carries some weight.

Thanks for sharing!

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Joe Boyle October 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Hey, Ryan! Great to see you again :P
Bill Gates will try to peak his head into anything, though, so let’s just see if he ever tries being a blogger. LOL.
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Susan October 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

The reasons that you have share with us are quite true and we cannot neglect it in any way. But I think if wants then he should give it a try.
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kenny olowu October 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

Hmm! I love you idea and your way of thinking. This is wonderful, what really matters is the quality of your service or content and not really the sleek design . It is true…. Nice and brilliant concept
Kudos to you man!

kindest regards,

Joe Boyle October 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm

You know, there really is a reason why DOS never caught on. That’s another good point to be made.
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Robin October 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

I am of the similar opinion as you have mentioned above about Bill Gate. Thanks for the nice post indeed
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Rajesh October 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Loved to read King Henry example. Nice illustrations.
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Joe Boyle October 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thank you ;) Please come back for more amazing content ;)
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Karan Lugani October 29, 2011 at 4:32 am

Hahaha..!! Quite nice points buddy….Well Blogging isn’t for everyone. If Bill Gates still wanna enter it, here’s a warning. :P
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Joe Boyle October 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

When Bill Gates enters, Joe Boyle checks out :P
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tires October 30, 2011 at 4:28 am

I am not sure, personally I think he would probably be just fine as a blogger. I mean, no one is ever perfect at something, and neither would we expect Gates to be. Think about how many times he has hit a home run with anything computer and software related. Sure there were bumps along the road, but its to be expected in my opinion. The man is simply smart, and I am sure he would easily be able to adapt to the blogging world. That’s how I feel about it anyways.

Till then,


Joe Boyle October 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Bill Gates is simply too design heavy. He would eventually sink. The [late] Steve Jobs, however, made a great balance between content and design.
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tires November 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

That’s a good point. I can’t recall any of Steve’s ideas ever being anything short of brilliant while a lot of Bill’s ideas were duds and sometimes, he just plain missed the boat, like when it came to taking advantage of the internet in the early-90s. Still, establishing Windows to the point in the world where it had enough clout to overshadow all the other mistakes says a lot too. But I definitely agree with your point though. Functionality is truly the most important aspect before anything else.

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Giles Wells October 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I was wondering where you were going with this post and then BAM, King Henry VIII.

Yes, content is king. Always has been.
Thanks for sharing this with us Joe.
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Joe Boyle October 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Hehe, funny you say that. I had this entire article pretty much mapped in my notes, then I had the idea of King Henry VIII at the last minute. I thought it was too far of a stretch, but it seems pretty well accepted.
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Swayam October 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

lol scary :) Thank God I don’t have any of the bad habits lol
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Talha October 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Great post, it was short and the point.

Good content does not need to be unnecessarily long either, as this post proves.

Btw, if you have good content and good design work very together. Just look at Apple, not only do their products look, they perform superbly too.
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Shower Valves November 2, 2011 at 4:56 am

Hi Joe…Interesting post. Enjoyed it.

As you got a strong point which force us to think on this. Like the way to bind Bill Gates, King Henry VIII with blogging.

Thanks a lot for this.
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Kavya Hari November 4, 2011 at 5:22 am

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Ricardus November 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

Interesting point of Windows Vista. To me it’s like a beta version of Windows 7. One of the worst OS and Windows Me, that is seriously like a mother-in-law joke if you know what I mean.
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Mukundan Srinivasan November 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

A different view about Gates. His comp has made lots of great products and only some of them have failed. I dont accept your view.

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