Today is Sept. 1, 2011 – one year and almost 500 posts since this blog began. Hooray!
Our celebratory birthday cake photo came from a great website on wedding planning.
Our purpose then, as now, is to give information and ways to approach the job of investing as an individual. Then, as now, while we do mention specific companies and commodities, we never recommend buying or selling any of them. We talk about doing research, we recommend cool blogs that give specific information as well as general commentary on all things economic, and we comment on the lifestyle of one individual, independent investor.
As a self-described III, we do direct our own portfolio, taking our lumps when the market dives, and feeling better when our holdings increase in value. We ignore financial advisors’ advice to buy mutual funds and ETFs, and we don’t to pay attention to their recommendations about asset allocation. This approach has been validated by a reader who is an experienced trader, so we feel quite comfortable with it.
At the beginning of this blog, we didn’t know whether we could post every day, but it has been easy. One forgets just how opinionated one is until it gets down to time to post. Then, voila! An opinion, a news item, a thought pops into our minds and we’re off.
We are gratified and just a bit surprised to see that we have an audience that is gradually increasing. Our move has had a tremendously positive effect on us as well – an unexpected benefit of the discipline required by blogging.
So, dear friends, it’s onward and upward toward our second year. Thanks for being here.