I’ve been doing some thinking about “My Back Pages” over the past few weeks. When I first started the blog almost four years ago I intended to use it as my personal op-ed page with posts like these:
“Location, Location… Margin of Safety?”
But last year, the blog started to morph into something else. I started posting more news items with subtle commentary, editorial cartoons (which I’m a huge fan of) and charts with little discussion of the issue at hand.
What I’ve realized is, while I’m a big fan of sites like The Big Picture, Calculated Risk, Clusterstock and ChartWatchers I don’t really want to compete with them. I don’t have the time, ability or desire to do so.
The value I can provide is probably more along the lines of a Jeff Matthews Is Not Making This Up or a Best Minimum Wage Job a Middle Aged Guy Ever Had (two of my favorite blogs): more editorial and less news. More thinking; less recycling of ideas. After all, that’s what the blog was created to do.
As for all that other stuff, I’ve found Twitter to be a great forum. If you’re into the news posts, cartoons and charts, you can follow me here: @jessefelder
As for the blog, expect a truly radical change for “My Back Pages” in 2009:
“Ah, but I was so much older then,
I’m younger than that now…“