This post will stay at the top on Sunday.
Ten years ago today, I launched this blog.
The intent was to use it as an adjunct to a training business.
It has evolved into the hub of a personally rewarding and at times influential alternative career.
To all who have visited, from those who have been here virtually from the start to relative newbies: Thanks for visiting, reading, commenting, linking, and caring.
In fact, “thanks a million” is insufficient, given that the site has had over 1.4 million page views since I began using Google Analytics on June 11, 2007, and probably over 1.6 million since inception. Thanks to all who have read my columns and posts at NewsBusters, PJ Media and elsewhere; the number of page views at those two just-named sites has surely been a large multiple of those occurring here.
What follow are the titles and brief descriptions of the first day’s posts.
“Rollout day” on February 22, 2005 was unusual in that it was a test-post day with multiple entries. Most of the very early days had only one post, and — gasp! — some days even had none. I was just getting used to this cute little program called WordPress:
- Social Security Point of the Day (SSPOD) — The point was that the higher your average annual earnings while working, the less your benefit is as a percentage of your working-career income. Sadly, that’s still true.
- Corporate Outrage–Would Someone Please Fire Me? — This was about HP CEO Carly Fiorina, whose reward for mismanaging one of the world’s great companies was a $42 million golden parachute. Fiorina is now considered an influential Republican said to be thinking about running for President. There’s a reason the GOP is often called the Stupid Party.
- Quote of the Day — “Sometimes it’s really hard to see the forest for the sleaze.” *
- Marvel of the Day — about Quill, the office supplies mail-order/online giant, now a part of Staples.
- Card Sharks on the Attack — My attack was on the idea that a creditor could raise your interest rate because you’re late paying someone else. That is among many horrid practices which should never have taken hold, and which ultimately partially contributed to today’s climate of over-regulation and micromanagement of the card industry and financial institutions in general by the federal government.
* – Not much has changed, has it? (except that there’s a lot more of it)