Two years! Who would have thought it would last so long.
All this started because of the frustrating time learning trading on my own. I put together the Trading Guide in time for Wimbledon 2009 and came up with the idea of posting match picks for members. Within a few days people started to find the blog and I was getting over ten visitors a day. TEN!! Yes ok thats crap but I was new to this blogging lark and I was amazed anyone wanted to read my rubbish.
Two years on and I’m still amazed that anyone wants to read the rubbish I write but the stats tell me they do. Also the many emails, comments on the blog and in the chatroom. Ofcourse its not all plain sailing. Anyone who has written a blog even for a short time and managed to get a few readers will know you can’t please everyone and to be honest you shouldn’t try. An online blog is open to everyone and the anonymity that the internet gives people tends to make a limited few individuals bypass the basic courtesy and respect that you would expect in face to face contact. Only this afternoon some Polish guy came into the chatroom and PM’d me with something along the lines of, “…if your system works and makes you money why would you sell it? Explain yourself. I wouldn’t sell something that made me money. Think about it pal” . Hmm, yeah I’m fine thanks, nice to talk to you. This idiot seemed surprised that I wasn’t kissing his arse. Thankfully the overwhelming majority of people that contact me are genuine, decent , ordinary folk. If that wasn’t the case then the blog and service wouldn’t have been running so long.
I’ve seen a few blogs come and go over the 3 years since I found Betfair and many of those that disappeared were due to abuse from “anonymous” comments. There are lots of reasons for writing a blog and if you’re thinking about starting one don’t let me put you off. As long as you are yourself and don’t try to be something you’re not you should be fine. Just make sure comments have to be moderated before being published.