Failure Parties

I have not been posting for a while. In truth, I was getting pretty disappointed with things – both in the economic development world and with this blog. It seemed to me that some people just like to bitch and complain without adding any substance to the discussion.

1,400 blogs written since October 2004. Over 50% original writing. Something like 900 pages of writing. 200+ graphs and charts. It seemed like a friggin’ waste of time.

So, I thought I would just stop blogging altogether. In the almost four weeks since my last post, only two people sent me an email asking me why no posts.

Then I read an interesting article (sorry you need a subscription) about the best companies to work for if you are a scientist. One of the attributes of the best company to work for if you are a scientist is they throw ‘failure parties’. And I thought this is a wonderful metaphor for New Brunswick as a whole.

If you don’t take risk you don’t get reward. Basic life principle. We need to celebrate failure (thanks, Malcolm Bricklin). If we don’t push it, we won’t get anywhere. Yes we may fail but we should go down kicking.

This hit home in a massive way when I read another snearing, nasty article in the T&T today about New Brunswick’s self-sufficiency fad. It seems everyone will go on the record slamming the idea. Al Hogan will do his best to torpedo this from the get go. I think the likely reason that Shawn Graham has dumped his idea (good idea) to bring in top talent from around North America to help was scrapped. The media was so indignant and nasty – the idea just faded away.

What do failure parties, this blog and self sufficiency have in common?

I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel yet. Even if there are only two readers of this bl0g (hi, Mom).

I think someone should give this self-sufficiency thing a chance instead of just assuming it will fail.

If it does fail and we really gave it a go, then fine. Throw a party. But if it fails because we didn’t even make an effort (government, media, bloggers, general public), should we even get a party?

Anyway, I am going to moderate the posts from now on. Drive by smears are not allowed. Use your own blog for that. If you want to attack people from the security of your virtual world, do it another way.

But if you have someone of substance to add – especially contrary opinions to mine – bring them on. That’s the purpose of this thing to begin with.

I did a little tour de blogs the day before I stopped posting. Easily 90% were filled with nasty, comments (mostly about those ‘traitors’ Joan and Wally). It seems that the blogosphere in New Brunswick is a great place to bitch.

I still have some hope that this ‘stupid’ blog can be about incubating ideas. About moving the ball forward.

In the coming weeks, we’ll talk about data centres to spur rural economies. Wind farms. Ocean power. We’ll talk about New Brunswick’s diaspora and how to bring some back. We’ll discuss Brian Dick’s appointment as Self-Sufficiency guru and what he should do. We’ll pull ideas out of the hat.

But we’ll keep the discussion straight up. I may criticize old Al Hogan once in a while only because I think bullies only understand the language of bullies. But overall, I want to keep the discussion civil.

Let’s save the failure party for another day.

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0 Responses to Failure Parties

  1. Anonymous says:

    A blog can never be like a newspaper that should give both sides of a story (except the Times & Transcript that doesn’t fit in the category of a newspaper)… so your blog gives only your side of the story, which is ok since it is YOUR blog. If you don’t like our comments, juste remove the function on your blog for comments.

  2. David Campbell says:

    I like and encourage comments – particularly those that add substance to the discussion – and those that offer a well-reasoned counter to my point. However, I personally am not a combative person and I see no value to hurling insults via this blog at each other like school yard children. So, that will not be tolerated.

  3. Trevor says:

    I’ve been going through withdrawls… Keep blogging, your my first read in the AM.

    Your posts are concise, informative and refreshing. Blogsphere is full of critics with no ideas of their own, just remember that for every “critic” there are a dozen people who agree with you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    David –

    I was getting worried when your blog stopped having new posts. I know it can be discouraging, but keep up the good work. Your posts are informative, thought-provoking and stimulate debate – just what we need in our province.


    Chris Baker

  5. mikel says:

    Ditto to the aboves. I have the template up and ready to go for a blog all because the only decent political/economic blog in NB went kaput. NBpolitico has some good stuff but has already slowed down.

    However, I was severely PISSED at you because when you disabled the comments, they were ALL gone, and as you know, I had a LOT of comments!

    I think you are overreacting. As I told Charles Leblanc, just post it and ignore it. You’ve said your piece and thats all there is to it so you don’t have to spend half the day in debate.

    If you thought Scotts little ramble was offputting you should check out what Charles Leblanc goes through. While Scott over at Sorry Centrist was good enough to advertise my and Charles site I must admit that I stopped going once there was no place to comment. Thats why blogging is so great and newspapers, television, radio all SUCK. Somebody can come out with the most outragious horse*&^% and all it does is make a person angry and anxious that they are powerless to challenge it.

    But this was one of the best behaved blogs out there, so I don’t even think comment moderation is necessary, but if it keeps you blogging, bring it on. This blog is so valuable that even though I was pissed at all my comments disappearing forever I was still resigned to come back here even if it was like Scotts and had no comments at all. This is by far the best blog in New Brunswick, ranking right up there with Charles best stuff.

    And to be fair, I looked and couldn’t even find a place with your email address on it, so don’t use that as a guide. I was at the phone book and looked up David Campbell and was ready to CALL you and tell you to get cracking! If I were in Moncton I would have shown up at your door!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back David, I thought you were on vacation.

    Good to read your stuff again.


  7. Anonymous says:

    I noticed but i assumed you were involved on the self sufficiency task force and were in some sort of conflict of interest.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice to see you back.

    Keep up the good work.