Think of this as Volume 18, Number 32 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
While I have made some reputation as a technology journalist since 1982, I was actually trained as a general financial journalist, and spent my first few years in the field as a generalist. (The picture is of me and my best friend. Liked her so much I married her on December 23, 1977. I'm a buy-and-hold kind of guy.)
I was fortunate, it turned out, to be canned by ZDNet at the end of 2010. The tech journalism business, it turned out, was dying. Today they just want pretty young faces to cover devices, because there's nothing to learn. They want some programmers to cover cloud, because cloud is complicated. But very, very few people want to read about the details in cloud.
My journey went first to Renewableenergyworld.com, which it turned out wasn't interested in paying anyone for anything. Then another writer suggested I try SeekingAlpha.com, which he said was paying a penny a page view for financial views. I did, and a year later TheStreet contacted me. I've been with them ever since.
But am I any good at what I do? This week I took a look at some of my early work there to find out.