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The naysayers pretend that this blog is for “self-promotion“.

Last WE, we received again a comment by “Someone” (or is this Raymond again?) who bashed us for our lack of objectivity, our allegedly one-sided editorial line, and other things that I cannot even recall.

Since we do not publish rubbish, especially when anonymous, we decided to trash the comment.

Now, a few reminders are in order:

  1. The reading of this blog is not compulsory.  Escaping Chillin’Competition is just “one click away“;
  2. There are no barriers to entry on this market. A blog costs nothing to set up. Those who may be willing to contradict us can freely do so;
  3. We do not self promote, and certainly not Alfonso (did you read yesterday’s love declaration?). Our Friday slot series and the Economist corner bring ample proof of this;
  4. If I am the one to self-promote, it is because I am a fairly anonymous guy: I have a twin brother, and I have two very famous homonyms (see here and here).

Written by Nicolas Petit

9 May 2012 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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    • Actually, this has to be nuanced. I was the one who censored the comment and I´m happy to explain why:

      The comment Nicolas is referring to did not criticize us, but rather our picks for “Friday Slotters”. It included harsh comments on someone who featured in a given “Friday Slot”.

      Had the comment referred to us, to our views or to our editorial line, we would have certainly published it (as we have always done). In fact, I learn much more from the critical comments to our posts than from the nonsense we sometimes write here!

      There is nonetheless a red line. What we are not willing to do is to turn this blog into a platform in which to anonymously criticize third parties that do not enjoy the ability to respond.

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    9 May 2012 at 1:05 pm

  1. As a (somewhat more modest) blogger myself, allow me to add that all blogging inevitably involves self-promotion, unless you do it anonymously. As soon as you put your name on it, the message is: “Hey, look at this guy, he writes smart stuff!” (Unless you write stupid things, of course, but I assume no one does that on purpose.) But for the life of my I can’t figure out why such self-promotion would be objectionable.

    Martin Holterman

    9 May 2012 at 3:32 pm

  2. Martin, I fully agree. Writing a blog, like a writing an article in any other platform always involves some visibility. It can be for good if people like your ideas and/or the way of conveying them, and its for bad if they dont. I would argue that in that sense writing a blog is merit-based and transparent way of promoting one’s ideas or oneself. Its also a risky one because,as I said, it is double-edged sword. What Nico is saying is that what we write is what we think and not necessarily what is most convenient.

    But again, in this particular case the comment wasn’t about us but rather questioned the way we spoke favourably about someone else.

    Apologies for the bad drafting but I’m writing from my blackberry at a boarding line in Charleroi airport (how much worse can it get?) and its not easy!

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    9 May 2012 at 4:37 pm

  3. We got almost 1500 visits today with this post??! You guys seem to like controversy! 😉

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    9 May 2012 at 11:42 pm


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