Sunday, January 07, 2007

Number 750

This is the 750th post on this humble blog since I opened for business in February, 2005. 750 separate doses of rational thought and clear exposition with an undertone of dry, self-effacing wit would be enough to tire even the most determined policy wonk, but I'm not done yet.
I’m starting a new job on Monday, one involving health care finance. For the foreseeable future I expect dial back the frequency (though I hope not the perspicacity) of my blogging. I will still strive to do my homework and leave the half-baked opinions and whimsical spelling to my more entertaining colleagues listed in the right hand column.
No Delaware blogger is more entertaining than Mike Matthews of Down With Absolutes, the subject of a lengthy profile in today's News Journal. How lengthy? Mike notes at DWA that the NJ editors gave reporter Victor Greto “more inches to write about me than I’ve got at my waist.” This paragraph sums up the phenomenon that is Mike Matthews:
"I had a point at first," says Matthews in a deep, FM-announcer voice, leaning back in a chair that fronts his desktop computer. "Now it's just entertainment. I play the role of curmudgeon. I'm sensational and ridiculous."
The self-deprecating tone is typical of Mike, though I wonder if he’s old enough to qualify as a curmudgeon. The NJ article contained the obligatory comment from a former editor that blogs are unfiltered -- meaning they don't have editors. Maybe we should carry warning labels.
But the lack in editorial oversight is compensated for with an informal system of peer review; we keep each other (mostly) honest. Some of my best stuff has come from the back-and-forth with those who hold different points of view. It's helped me hone my thinking and sharpen my writing. What for me began as a mostly solitary exercise, has become something approaching at times a communal experience, which may be why I keep at it. Thanks everyone. Keep coming back.


Blogger mmahaffie said...

Congratulations Tom! I like the way you summed up the value of the back-and-forth of blogging. And your ability to do real policy research and analysis is important to the over-all Delaware conversation.

I'm encouraging the blogging community to leave comments on the NJ story on Mathews and Delaware blogging. I thought it would be fun to provide a positive example.

12:52 PM, January 07, 2007  
Blogger Coeruleus said...

Congratulations, and we'll keep comin' back even with a lighter blogging frequency.

3:03 PM, January 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom keep up the top notch work that you do!
good luck with the new job.

8:41 AM, January 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be nice to have you on the inside of health care finance. As health care becomes the next hot issue, I am looking forward to your balanced insights.........

6:15 AM, January 10, 2007  

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