My but the time passes rapidly. When I was invited to write at RealMoney, because of compliance issues, it was several months before I wrote there. And i wrote there for about four years, never thinking that I might write anywhere else.
But I had a guilty pleasure of very occasionally trolling Cramer’s blog comments, and occasionally commenting myself. A few commenters encouraged me to start my own unvarnished commentary, and so I began what would become this blog.
Once I started blogging, the advantages of independence were apparent. Lack of relevancy, editor, necessary business purpose could go out the window. Though I think I was liked as a columnist for RealMoney, I don’t think that most of the stuff that I have blogged would have made it there.
The Aleph Blog is an expression of the character of David Merkel, no more, no less.
I get a lot of requests for offering guest content, but I turn them all down. Maybe other bloggers do well with that, but I don’t. My blog is an expression of me. And that is why I blog — to give something back to the general public and media who do not get most things financial.
Don’t get me wrong, if someone asks me to come and speak, generally I will, and presently, at my own expense. I will be in Chicago in 10 days, and in NYC in April. (Note: if you would like to meet with me, let me know.)