Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Five Years of TommyWonk

TommyWonk first went live five years ago with a post about this famous conceptual art parody:

Not that anyone was paying attention at the time.
Since then I have published 1,615 posts and I don't know how many words. My posts have gotten longer and my focus more narrow: climate change, the economics of renewable energy and most notably the Delaware wind power saga.
While I have made a few minor mistakes, I don't think I have ever had to walk back or retract anything I have written. The worst factual mistake I can recall is naming the wrong subsidiary of Babcock & Brown as the owner of Bluewater Wind.
Many like blogging because of its immediacy, but I don't believe that blogging is about the moment. I prefer to take my time. As evidence that blogging can have staying power, consider the following Google searches, all of which feature TommyWonk in the top ten results:
Thanks to this blog, I have had the chance to go to the 2008 Democratic Convention in August, 2008, become a contributor to the Guardian's opinion website, Comment is free, and go on the air with WDEL's Alan Loudell now and then.
Two things I haven't done: I haven't used profanity, though I have posted a couple of quotes with the offending words deleted. I haven't signed on to Twitter. I have a hard time confining myself to 140 words, let alone 140 characters.
As gratified as I am that this little blog has had some influence on the public discourse, I have not confined my advocacy to this blog. I am now affiliated with a variety of committees, boards and working groups, taking the unique approach of applying financial and economic analysis to environmental issues, from recycling to renewable energy.
If you want a snap reaction to the events of the day, there are plenty of blogs out there to read. But if you want to go a little deeper, come on over. As I have said before, whether you agree with me or not, I hope that you come away from my blog with a little more clarity of thought on issues that matter.
Thanks for reading, and keep coming back.

3 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Congratulations, you are an asset to our community.

10:00 PM, February 24, 2010  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

Thanks for your kind words.

9:45 AM, February 25, 2010  
Blogger Steve Newton said...

Glad you are out there, and are committed to staying out there.

I hardly ever comment around the DE blogosphere anymore, but Tommywonk is one of my regular stops to see if there is something new.

Even when I disagree (perhaps particularly when I disagree) I learn something.

6:34 PM, February 25, 2010  

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