What I Learned After 30,000 Blog Posts . . .



My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. On the anniversary on my 30,000th blog post, I looked back at what I learned. That is a lot of posts over the past dozen years — The Big Picture blog was begun back in 2003.

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

“After more than a decade of getting up before the crack of dawn to write a daily journal about all things financial, here is what I’ve learned:

Writing is a good way to figure out what you think. To quote Daniel Boorstin, the former librarian of Congress, “I write to discover what I think . . . After all, the bars aren’t open that early.”

The act of putting pen to paper, or in my case, spilling pixels on a screen, requires thought. Thinking about context and working out how different elements interact in a complex system like the markets is a contemplative process.

Often, I have no idea what I thought about a subject until I begin to write about. Once you research an idea, you begin to develop a perspective. Writing about anything in public, often in real time, has helped fashion my views. (Note: It also helps if you have something of interest to say).”

There are nine other bullet points that describe what blogging has taught me.

Some of you have had some very nice things to say about this on Twitter (see e.g., this, this, this, this, this and this). Those comments are deeply appreciated.



After 30,000 posts, Big Picture blogger has figured a few things out
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post, September 21 2014


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