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On inactivity, records, and Chillin’Competition becoming a real estate portal

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Last week we broke two records.

First, we broke our inactivity record. Christmas holidays aside I believe this was the first “blank week” in the two years of existence of this blog. The reason: I took a week off (some days of calm before a storm, or at least that was the idea…it didn’t quite work) and asked Nicolas to take care of the blog. You saw how diligent he was. In any event, we hope you were entertained by the comments to the last of our posts (they were practically posts in themselves, and from extremely qualified commentators).

Second, in spite of this inactivity we were rewarded by readers, by reaching 310,000 visits we overpassed  Nicolas’ former blog The Antitrust Hotch Potch in terms of historical number of readers. For the sake of transparency: our 20,000 visits during June yielded $ 3.60 of revenues, unfortunately not enough for the two monthly beers we had hoped for 😦

One more thing:  A few days ago I had a conversation with Conor Maguire (who is doing a great job at Brussels Matters) about what we try to do at Chilling’Competition, how we try to do it, and where we get our ideas from. He mentioned in passing that he had liked one post where we acted as intermediaries for the sale of a competition lawyer’s car and one in which I “advertised” my parents’ hotel. This conversation, as well as the fact that you tend to click more on gossip links than on serious ones (stats don’t lie!) spurred an idea: to act as an intermediary for the sale of my co-blogger’s former house. I already showed you his desk one (see here), but those of you curious enough potentially interested can check out the whole house and ad here. (Btw, the pic at the top of this post is that of the house’s terrace).

The usual incentive applies: anyone who contributes to an aventual sale of Nicolas’ house will be rewarded with 3% of the price of the house… in Belgian beers.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

16 July 2012 at 8:58 pm

Posted in Hotch Potch