Bosselman has recently taken it upon himself to express his displeasure with our site. Since his thoughts seem to be at the forefront of people’s minds concerning The Egotist, we thought it would be a good idea to address them publicly.
First off, go read the relevant blog post so that we’re all on the same page.
Now then: Andy is addressing two different issues, and then treating them as though they’re the same thing. Which, of course, they’re not. (a) He thinks The Egotist should spend more time crafting its critiques, (b) he thinks The Egotist should reveal its respective identities. One of these is legitimate and one of these is petty, can you guess which one is which?
As for (a), we understand and appreciate the sentiment. We don’t always have as much time as we would like to give really in-depth criticisms of the work we’re presenting. But it’s a bit of a Catch-22, no? Even if we spent 6 paragraphs explaining why a certain site or portfolio sucks and needs to be improved, we’re still going to get yelled at for being bullies, or whathaveyou. And no one seems to mind when we say “this site is kick ass!” and leave it at that, as though by the sheer act of staying positive we’re excused from having any reason for it. In the end it seems as though it comes down to the fact that people just want us to stay friendly all the time.
People tell us that by virtue of being assholes on occasion, we’re not sticking to our motto: “Helping Denver Suck Less.” But what they’re failing to acknowledge (or understand) is that their impression of what helps and our impression of what helps are two very different things. We think it helps to acknowledge that the portfolios of the best shops in Denver are negligible on a national level. We think it helps to remind people that they need to set their sights higher than “they’ve been in PRINT a couple times” because, in the end, in today’s market of instant access to everything, we all need to be competing like we’re going head-to-head with the best shops in the country.
This is why we continue to post national and global work alongside local work (another common complaint). Denver needs to see its work placed next to bigger and better shops. With any luck, it will make all of us feel as crappy as it should and get the fire lit.
No, we don’t feel very positive about Denver’s creative scene. There’s not much going on here. That’s the whole problem. So if we seem negative in our postings, you now understand why (if you didn’t already).
Also note that The Egotist is acting as an extremely positive force in the local market behind the scenes, which we knew would be the case. A huge number of new connections and job offers have been made due to our recommended list and blog postings. Not trying to sound cocky here, it just is what it is. Denver needed a reasonably reliable resource (alliteration!) for finding talent.
As for (b), this is nothing but a desire for more drama and stolen giggles. One of our members has already come forward for reasons of his own, and we would prefer to not have that sort of situation happen again. Beyond which, we’ve already explained why we’re keeping the site anonymous and we have no desire to get into that discussion again. Should you honestly feel the need to beat this dead horse, feel free to bring it up in the comments.
And just a couple final notes that you should keep in mind, since we’re waxing the meta-content already:
1) You don’t have to visit The Egotist. Stop coming to the site, and you can stop worrying about what we have to say.
2) A lot of you continue to visit The Egotist while simultaneously claiming to disapprove of everything we do, so what does that tell you?
3) If we feel the need to edit certain parts of our site, that’s our right, as it’s our site. We certainly apologize for any inconvenience it may cause on your end, but, like your dad used to say, this isn’t a democracy.