I have had the blog private for the last 4 months. During that time there were no emails sent out and only those that requested access could view the blog.
I did this after getting some odd emails and being linked to by a short report.
I enjoy writing this blog and explaining my decisions. I enjoy getting feedback from the core group of readers that find some of the ideas worth investigating themselves. I love going back over my own historical record and seeing what I thought at various times and how I was wrong and why.
In the last 4 months while the blog has been private, I realized what I did not like.
I did not like the email blasts that went out to followers every time I posted.
I found it kind of stressful to have a write-up sent out to what had become a significant number of accounts. Of course, I don’t know how many people read them. But nevertheless, the email blasts bothered me, and I have come to realize that they made me reluctant to write.
Therefore, before opening the blog up again, I have deleted 95% (or more) of my followers. The only one’s that remain are emails or monikers that I recognize from some interaction.
I’m not selling a service, nor do I have any intention to, so I really don’t care if I have a large following or not.
What I value is if someone reads something I wrote and sends me useful information about it or strikes up a healthy debate.
My basic assumption going forward will be: if you find my stock and portfolio write-ups worth reading, you will be inclined to visit the blog from time to time. If not, then it probably isn’t that useful for you anyway.
For those of you who didn’t request access to the blog over the last 4 months when it was private, I invite you to go over the last 4 months of ideas and thoughts. I’ve had a few interesting picks over that time.
With all that said, I am working on a portfolio update that I will have out in the next day or two.