On October 1, my blog will have a three year anniversary. I will also celebrate my 27th wedding anniversary. I've written (including today) 1242 posts. My write rate though suffered a serious downtrend this year with client responsibilities. It's not without a large measure of shame that admit that content has been lacking--largely due to my not feeling that I've a bead on anything in particular. For those of you who have been long time readers, I appreciate so much your coming to this sparsely written corner of the world!
The terrific thing about writing a blog is that you have an instant searchable index of stuff. I've found it very helpful to have that. I'm still a big believer that writing instills discipline to one's thoughts. You have to think about something to get it down on paper in some coherent form. And while my work this year has not been terribly pride inspiring, when I look back at some of my posts, I am proud of that work. Over the course of the next couple of days, I will go through my posts and find a few that I believe are worth reading again.
I still remember this beautiful day in April of 2007 in this post. I was very busy in doing my research early in that year and warning you of systemic risk which will continue to be the best research and work that I've done on this blog. I have a picture of my redbud. Since that date, I've buried Greta (the pretty setter), Mylo and Chloe under that tree. I still have the beautiful Forest Pansy redbud that blog friend (where did he go to?) Mark M recommended. Lucy is under that tree, and it grows more beautiful each year. I will always remember him for that contribution (as well as the infamous woodshed).
The point being (not to sound overly maudlin) is that our blog experience does create real connections. I've an internet friend, Nona2000, who encouraged me to blog. Bill Cara, whose work I've always respected, was also very encouraging to me. Roger Nussbaum's and Tim Knight's blogs are also places where I found my "voice" in addition to the wonderful gang over at Real Money (Rev Shark's blog). I have a deep gratitude for the hosts and the Bloggers who have made my participation there enjoyable.
So, that's kind of my drum roll for October 1.
Mercury stations direct tomorrow. I've know idea what that will bring, and your mileage may vary!