Here’s a list of resolutions I’ve made as a financial blogger for 2010. I hope that by sticking to them, I can do a better job for you, dear reader…
I will not write “listy” titles like 10 Things or The Five whatever unless the post warrants it. Making a post into a list is blatant clickbaiting and I’m going to chill out with that.
I will not write about the latest Goldman Sachs junk just because I have nothing else to say at the moment. The whole Goldman is Evil meme has run its course…unless we find out that they’re eating babies or something, then it’s game on.
I will stop teasing the gold obsessives. After all, they may be proven correct this year and I’d rather be in the trade with them than player-hating from the sidelines if this turns out to be the case.
I will avoid taking cheap shots at the media personages and on-air commentators of financial television. Most of them are just trying to read what the producers have written for them so they can get through the day and get home to their kids like the rest of us. Only in egregious cases of BS will I call out a talking head.
I will not read or showcase the work of any partisan hacks. I’ve lost all tolerance for those who take a position on an issue solely based on their what their particular political affiliation or leanings tell them. Intelligent people formulate their opinions based on their own ideas, experience and conscience, regardless of what the party line might be.
I will attempt to walk the line between information and entertainment better. I believe a successful blog post contains a judicious mixture of elucidation, wit, outrage, personal viewpoint, accuracy and humor. If I find myself veering off toward just one of these qualities, I will try to find the way back.
Stick with me this year and I promise, this blog is gonna kick your ass.