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Is AdLand Suit Rubbish?

A helpfully anonymous commenter recently suggested that this blog had become ‘rubbish, now that the mystery’s gone’. Given the history of ALS, it would be churlish of me to rebuke said commenter for hiding behind anonymity – instead, I thought I’d take his or her comment seriously, and have a think about what this blog used to stand for when my identity was a secret, and whether or not it can still stand for the same now that who I am is out there for all to see.

Now, call me conceited, but I never imagined the anonymity of ALS would matter that much to most of the people that read it. I was well aware that there were people out there who liked to imagine I was Lord Bell, Johnny Hornby or David Ogilvy’s ghost, but I always believed them to be in the minority. I never suggested I was famous, or a Campaign-regular – just a senior Suit who’d been around the houses a bit, was fed up of reading about the lack of account management presence on-line, and wanted to share his views and thoughts on a variety of Suit-related experiences. And that’s what I’ve done – if that’s disappointing to you, or if that’s not what you’re wanted, then I offer no apology for not being what you wanted me to be. You don’t have to read it. In fact, why are you reading it? The anonymity was selfish – it was more a self-defence mechanism than anything, allowing me to write what or how I liked without fear of rebuke. I never really thought it would make any difference to people reading the blog.

And fortunately, the vast majority of comments, emails and tweets I receive support my theory – people like ALS for what it is and for what I’ve written, not for who I might have been. And, as I’ve said before, what ALS is and what I write are not going to change. No, I won’t be slagging off my Agency’s work or Clients, but I never did. In fact, if you look back, my being rude about anybody’s work is a fairly rare (although not completely non-existent) occurrence. That’s not what this was supposed to be about.

I don’t deny that the blog hasn’t been what I’ve wanted it to be of late: predominantly because I haven’t had enough time to post anywhere near as often as I’d like to. That will change in the new year, and I will continue to write with the confidence (and, who knows, maybe arrogance) that I’ve written with thus far. And once I’m writing regularly again, if the blog isn’t, for some intangible reason, what is was when I was just a mysterious, headless avatar, then I’m sure you’ll let me know. I’d be extremely disappointed if you didn’t.
  1. @lucybaxter
    December 28, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    "Rubbish now the mystery's gone". BULLSHINE (my new favourite expression). It's BRILLIANT now the mystery is gone because now I know there's a massive smiley chops behind every 'fuckstick'.

  2. Adam And Dan
    December 29, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Definitely not! We had such long debates with @shib88 about who you were, turns out we were all wrong! Now we know, we still see you as ALS! It's like a brand. Think Lucy's comment sums it up really. And BULLSHINE should definitely be THE word of 2010. Make it happen.

  3. Paul H. Colman
    December 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    On the whole it's a break from the incessant cricket chat on Twitter, so that's something.Happy New Year.

  4. January 2, 2010 at 1:14 am

    You are all very kind – thanks muchly.

    Lucy B – happy new year to you. You are gorgeous.

    Adam and Dan – good luck with the job hunt this year chaps.

    Colman – beer. Yes. Please. I will email.

  5. January 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Have to say this has been one of my favorite blogs of 2009. And since I don’t know UK agencies all that well It’s not like I could have guessed who you were if I’d tried.

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