Streetwise Professor

January 6, 2013

SWP @ 7: A Trip to Serendip

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Professor @ 10:43 am

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.

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  1. @Professor-thanks for this oasis of rationality. There is no site on the Internet that I enjoy as much as this one. Your originality and reason are very much valued.

    It looks as though you have even realized the sky is not falling in China. 🙂

    Comment by pahoben — January 6, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

  2. Did you ever write up the paper you alluded to here:

    Comment by Michael Webster — January 6, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

  3. SWP, thanks so much for everything you do. I’ve been quiet for quite a long time, but as I’ve said before, I still read everything you produce. I even understand some of that financial stuff! Anyway, I’ve been around a while and enjoy every bit of your work. Thanks again.

    Comment by Howard Roark — January 7, 2013 @ 9:55 am

  4. Thanks SWP. I value your good sense and rigorous economic thinking, but what I value as much if not more is your disdain for intellectual and political fashion. You call it like you see it, full stop. Sadly, that’s a rare quality these days. Combined with an irreverent writing style, you blog is also always fun to read. I started reading you for your insights on market issues, but get a kick out of all your posts.

    Comment by emerich — January 7, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

  5. … and it is my sincere hope that you w/ accompany me to the Civil War Trust annual meeting this year May 29 in Jackson MS: Think about it after finals & as a break from your next book or research opportunity.

    Comment by Vlad — January 7, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

  6. Craig – I enjoyed you as my professor (two courses), and I continue to enjoy your blog. Thank you for blogging it as you see it 😉

    Comment by Freddie — January 8, 2013 @ 11:25 am

  7. @Vlad. I may take you up on that. I would like to go to Champion Hill again. Haven’t been there for several years. Though I must admit I’m surprised . . . wasn’t aware of your CW interest.

    @Freddie, @Howard, @emerich, @pahoben . . . thanks!

    @Michael . . . it’s still fermenting 😛

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — January 8, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  8. Happy birthday, prof. I always enjoy our little chats.

    Comment by Green as Grass — January 11, 2013 @ 3:24 am

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