Here is why I hate him:
He gives people a voice. His blog contains many guest posts, he has many interesting friends that are willing to talk. Most only have one or the other. Many are former Wall Streeters. The posts are like reading the history book of finance told by those that were actually there. As a voracious reader he finds blogs that no one has heard of. This blog included. He also does a really good job with his “If you only read 17 linkfests read this one” posts.
He sticks to what he believes in. From the beginning he has set up to change the unfairness of Wall Street. Unlike many who take steps along that journey he was actually a part of the bad and is still in the business doing it a different way. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the whiny people as much as the other guy. The guy who scolds Wall Street from the outside or between taking swims like he is a McDuck, annoys the shit out of me. The only way to change something is from the inside, that is why it is so risky professionally. I have never looked him in the eyes when he discussed it but every indication is that he is doing it for the right reasons.
He writes well. He takes great care in his writing. He pays careful attention to the reader’s point of view. He combines entertainment with information. Yes, he does do a lot of summarizing of stories but chances are I would not have read them anyways. It saves me a lot of time.
He shares his life. There are a few ways to write a blog. One is stream of consciousness, his blog covers many topics. If you follow him on twitter, you have undoubted tuned in to the “Rock Show”. He chronicles the history of a band or song. It is some of the things that I did not know I wanted to know. Just like getting to know the band or song, his blog tells his story. Once again, there are risks to that. When you piss off a potential client they wont tell you.
He gives a simple plan on how he does it. If you want to be a financial blogger check out this post and this post. It will give you an idea of what it takes and how to do it. He shares what he has learned that will help you become better if you are into that sorta thing. You can see he practices what he preaches.
Like anybody you are not going to agree with everything. I did not particularly like his conscience of Wall Street post. I understand that he was trying to promote the community but that was too high horse for me. As someone who has been promoted by Josh, the irony does not escape me. I was also not very happy about a post he wrote ripping a social media conference and attendants that stocktwits was not invited to. Yes to not include stocktwits in a financial conference with social media was strange. But ripping the attendees, I cannot agree with. The good and bad of social media is that everyone has a voice. With that being said, I cannot find that post and I do not know all of the details.
So not liking 2 posts out of the hundreds is not a bad percentage. I am thankful for all that he has given to the community. The times he made me think. The entertainment. The rawness. The hard work. The honesty. The funny. And generally being a positive person.
Criticism is all a part of being in the public eye. If you have a problem and engage him in the right way I am certain he will reply. It might be with a f$%^ you but he is a New Yorker after all. Remember in an argument, everybody thinks they win. In a discussion, everybody does win. If you always agree with someone, it is probably time to look somewhere else.
So Josh, thanks and good luck on the new book. I am sure you will need some friends after it circulates and as always call me anytime.
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