What I am putting online is the stuff I was doing. I have been analyzing stocks in spreadsheets a quite a few years. So, I am not really doing anything that I was not already doing.
The reason to go online was twofold. In 1999 I was laid off from work. Since I did not need another job, I decided to stay at home. It was sort of an early retirement I suppose. When you say anything about not working or retirement, people expect you would be doing some charity work.
I look at a number of options in charity work and none appealed to me. I had been an analyst for some time in IT and this is what I am good at. I am not good at the types of jobs you can get as a volunteer.
So, it appeared to me I could do something in giving back to the community (i.e. like charity) and still do what I love and what I am suited for. I also thought that putting my thoughts out there I would help me think more critically about the stocks I follow and therefore become a better investor.
I know that a number of people are trying to making money via blogging and the internet and I have not done this. I know all about theories that you should have different streams of income. I do have a diversified portfolio. However, if the market is such that I cannot make money from it, would anyone want to read my blog? The other thing is that it is in the market that I am making money, and so I am putting my energy there.