Today is the 7th anniversary of SWP. What a long, strange trip it’s been. The blog has evolved and morphed in ways I never expected. I’ve always been a firm believer in serendipity, and this endeavor has only confirmed me in that belief. Writing about Russia was the furthest thing from my mind when I started. I didn’t anticipate writing much about politics. Even my original ostensible purpose-writing about financial market infrastructure and commodities-manifested itself in wholly unanticipated ways. The Financial Crisis and the laws and regulations it spawned, notably Frankendodd, propelled me in directions I couldn’t have even imagined at the apex of the Great Moderation in early-2006.
The stats: 2031 posts, and 15060 comments. A pretty steady stream of 3500-4000 unique visitors/day, plus decent traffic at other sites that reproduce SWP content, like SeekingAlpha and Wall Street Pit. A steady stream of links at other sites. The strangest stat? That Latvia is the biggest non-US source of hits-about 10 percent of the total in November and December.
I’d just like to express my appreciation to all of you who read SWP, especially the regulars. You are the reason I keep plugging away here.
Where will SWP goes from here? Who knows? Certainly not I. That’s because for the most part what I write is driven by what is happening in the world and the markets, and those are unpredictable. Add to that my rather idiosyncratic, eclectic, and randomly evolving interests and fancies, all that I can predict is that unpredictability will characterize the future as it has the past. The trip to Serendip will continue, and I hope you all continue to accompany me on that journey.