Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Typical Tod Maffin Scam - #1

Day One : create web page

Day Two : abandon web page

Day Three: announce that web page is now "one of the industry’s leading sources of trends, forecasts, and news."


Anonymous said...

Allan said...


The topic: “COPING DIGITALLY: Breaking Stigma and Healing Mental
Illness Through Blogging and other Social Media — A Panel Discussion”

Talking about mental illness and addiction is never easy.
Paradoxically, talking about it is often the first step in finding
help and getting better. This panel of tech-savvy bloggers and
podcasters will address topics relevant to anyone who ever thought
about blogging the hard stuff . . . but was afraid to try it.

The Panel:

Tod Maffin is a national CBC Radio broadcaster and a busy
international keynote speaker. In 2005 he suffered a debilitating
depression and addiction and is working to recover through his
writings online.

MY response, which may stay posted at the above site for at least a few minutes ...

You bring up the aspect that talking freely/openly about something can be therapeutic, such as speaking frankly about personal struggles with depression and other illnesses.
But at the core of this premise is the requirement to be honest, with yourself and others.
I question whether Tod Maffin even knows any more how to be honest.
He certainly knows how to promote himself, how to make money claiming to be a fake expert on a variety of subjects, and now he thinks he's unique because of his mental breakdown a few years ago.
But I'm convinced that Tod does not want to get better. It would deprive him of both sympathy and extra speaking engagements.
He makes a good living being just the way he is, so why change something that's more money in the bank for him.
And the prospects of recovery, even after three years of whining about it on his blog, and not very good for Tod.
You see, one has to start by being honest, and not trying to have it both ways, as Tod does.
I write an extensive blog about Tod's mental keniptions and his desperate need to be in the public consciousness.
Mostly, I notice that Tod enjoys manipulating facts.
Exaggeration is a key tool from someone with a background in public relations, and certainly from someone who claims to be an "international expert".
And yes, Airdrie, I can provide several examples:

What's your problem?

Tod Maffin's version of absolute power.
I wrote a comment at a famous blog.
Tod didn't like it, and took the intial steps of legal action to have it removed.
He was successful.

It made me an unhappy camper.
And I happen to really like it here.