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“Where’s my name? Why isn’t my name on this?”

Everybody is talking about how bad the web site of the 45th president* of the United States is.

I won’t even bother to spell it out**. Just look at these two index pages. You’ve all seen blogs before: A post title, a date, an author (maybe), and a brief excerpt or summary. You scan down the page, much as you would a news site, to see what captures your eye.

What captures your eye in the image at the top?

That was the May, 2021, archive. Here’s the April, 2021, archive.

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The April, 2021, Post Archive

Well maybe the “Desk” tab isn’t your thing. How about the “News” tab?

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The Latest News

Which brings me to my bury-the-lede anecdote. An agency I worked at in the late 1980s bravely took on the account for the brand-new never-seen-the-likes Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City. In retrospect of course it went bankrupt and of course all of its eighth-wonder-of-the-world tackiness went to seed and was sold for peanuts.

But hey, hindsight is twenty/twenty. The agency’s initial creative presentation after winning the account was weeks in the making. Meticulous marketing analysis, focus groups, and historical research yielded a campaign that used historical footage to link the Taj Mahal to a rejuvenation of Atlantic City to its former glory. We were all really excited (because the agency really needed a win at that point).

So the man himself arrives at the agency, and joins the assembled execs and creatives in the conference room for the presentation. I wasn’t in the room — I was down the hall — but several good friends were there. Trump doesn’t even take his coat off. Slumps in a chair and glares sullenly at the projected images.

“Where’s my picture? Why isn’t my picture in this?”

So there’s my anecdote, a tale from over 30 years ago. And that dear reader goes along way towards explaining the pure crappiness of the the blog.

* He would have been the last if he’d gotten his way.
** I’m also not going to give the URL. If you’re really interested you can find it, but I’d rather put a Pornhub link up here than put a link to his site.

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