Thursday, August 06, 2009
Congress is on a break, half of Wall Street has already started their summer vacation, the stock market continues to charge relentlessly higher as if it's on auto-pilot, the days are still long and warm, and there are a lot less people sitting in front of their computers as football camps open all around the country and Labor Day nears.
To be perfectly honest, I'm a little bored.
Surely, there's something that we can do around here that would be a break from the usual fare...
What could it be?
Well, here's an idea...
As most of you probably know, a good portion of the material that appears here at this blog also shows up over at Seeking Alpha and, some time ago, the folks over there instituted a system where readers can "Follow" authors, meaning that you get alerts via email when that particular author has something new (and perhaps other handy features that I'm not really aware of).
Authors are then "ranked" based on the number of followers, what you see above being the top five Seeking Alpha authors with the complete list maintained here
Since my stuff has been published there for years now, I've been ranked in the top 50 or so and, as shown below, am currently in position 37 with 689 "Followers".
While that's all well and good, surely, with a little help from readers here, we can do better - maybe a whole lot better.
If you have a little free time on your hands between now and the time you take your summer vacation, here's what I'm asking you to do.
If you've already registered at Seeking Alpha, click the "Follow" button beneath my mug on my author page.
If you're not already registered, all you have to do is click on the Login button at the bottom left of any page (it should take all of about a minute to complete) and then go click on the Follow button as described above.
You'll get emails about once a day when new material is published there and, to my knowledge, they don't send out anything more.
I had been moving up steadily in recent weeks but, with a little help from you, maybe I can leap-frog a handful of authors and make it all the way into that left hand column above.
Whadda you think?
[Note: Pay no attention to Confucius who once said: "Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished."]