A Million Hits and Counting!

Aug 19, 2007: 1:46 PM CST

Thank you so much to all you readers and fellow blog authors. This weekend, we surpassed 1,000,000 hits on the Afraid to Trade blogsite!

I cannot express enough thanks to you all for your support and continued readership of the site. I enjoy reading the comments and responding to the emails and communicating with fellow traders and market enthusiasts. Your support is what keeps me thinking, creating, linking, and posting.

The number of visitors has consistently increased each month since inception in late February 2006 while hits – pageviews – has remained consistent.

I wanted to reiterate the types of content and articles I post and the underlying meaning behind the site to newer readers.

I created this site from a private, internal website I used that was a database of trading strategies I utilized and resources (links) for me to reference when I was away from my office or home base. I was encouraged to make the site public and provide resources and information, as well as occasional daily commentary to a broader readership.

Initially, I wanted to share strategies and compile an educational resource, and was greeted with early attention and support and I have begun to offer more commentary and general index analysis than I thought I would at the start.

I also wanted to create a community resource for those who have suffered seemingly inevitable trading injuries, not just to their accounts, but to their motivation and desire to continue. Various large losses early in my career/trading education created a fear mentality that I had to overcome to be successful. I never lost the desire to continue pressing forward, though the temptation to surrender was strong at times. I wanted to share my experiences and techniques for overcoming fear, doubts, hesitation, and frustration that plagues us all at times as developing and even experienced traders. I am continuing to build this reference, including links to other sites, books, and resources to help traders address these concerns and reach their fullest potential, despite inevitable uncertainties and negative emotions that arise over the course of a normal trading career.

Remember, the name of the site is designed to be catchy, and the content is selected to help you overcome fears, not make you afraid to trade!

Currently, I update the blogsite at least once per day, respond to all comments and emails, and focus my posts on one of the following areas:

  • Daily market activity from a technical analysis standpoint, usually focusing on the Major Indexes
  • Spotlight of an Educational Pattern or Oddity on a particular stock chart
  • Discussion of an Educational Concept, such as momentum, divergences, trading strategies, etc for trader development
  • Links to other posts or sites of relevance to the topics I discuss here, or highlighting new ideas I believe readers will find interesting
  • Discussing emotions in trading and providing resources to address these points
  • Occasional reviews of books, seminars, or resources I have found valuable to traders

I am always open to suggestions and enjoy reader feedback. I offer selective mentorship opportunities, as well as targeted consulting opportunities, for those who are interested in learning more.

As always, if there is anything you feel I can do to improve the site, please let me know.

I am so thankful to all of you, and promise to continue to provide quality content and helpful resources designed to assist your trading education and well-being as a trader.

With all of your help, here’s to the next million!

11 Comments

11 Responses to “A Million Hits and Counting!”

  1. reno Says:

    Congrats on the million hits! Thanks for taking the time to create the site. I know it’s a lot of work since I’ve tried to do one myself and to post regularly although it was more of a personal trade journal rather than something to teach others. I’m currently in the phase where after a great runup earlier this year I pretty much almost blew out my account in the past two months. It’s definately depressing and I was able to empathize with your comment about lacking the motivation to continue on, however it’s sites like this that gives me hope that I’ll learn something that will help me break out of this cycle and become a consistently profitable trader someday. Anyhow congrats again and cheers!

  2. Corey Rosenbloom Says:

    Thank you Reno! It’s absolutely comments like yours and sharing personal stories with me that keeps me going. I want to feel like I am making a difference to traders through my efforts.

    I know it’s of little comfort in the meantime, but large losses are major educational events that grab our attention and force us to change whatever caused that loss, and we must sort out the pieces to find out why it happened and what – if anything – we can do to prevent it occurring in the future. Perhaps the hardest part is maintaining motivation and not being severely discouraged and giving up. Sometimes, we have to look for resources outside the trading community to regain this motivation – so much of it is a “head game.”

    I will keep writing and reaching out and sharing my experiences and struggles. As always, please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help if needed.

    Corey

  3. Josh Says:

    Great stuff Corey! Don’t change a thing, your site is one of my personal favourites and I always love to sit down in front of the computer each morning and read what you have written (I’m in Australia) in preparation for the days trading.

    Here’s to the next million! 🙂

    Josh.

  4. Active Trader Says:

    Corey,

    Congratulations on 1,000,000. That’s quite a milestone! You deliver great content and it’s very clear your heart is in your words. Keep throwing that boomerang…they always come back to you.

    “I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.”
    — Alan Greenspan

    Sincerely,

    Rich Strehl

  5. Corey Rosenbloom Says:

    Thank you, Josh! Thank you for the warm compliments and for reading. I’d love to visit Australia at some point – I have heard such wonderful things about how beautiful it is and how peaceful. It’s absolutely on my to-do list. I typically post in the evenings, so that would indeed be in the mornings for you!

    All the best to ya’!

  6. Corey Rosenbloom Says:

    Thank you, Rich! That is a great quote and a great analogy. That would be one of my mottos as well. I am at the point I am because of the support of so many people and from the teachings of so many individuals as well, both in the market and in other areas of life. I owe so much to them and to those who respect me and will do all I can to add value to readers and help them in any way I can.

    I wish you the best and am very appreciative for your readership,

    Corey

  7. Joshua Beattie Says:

    Well done, Corey. I also read this blog in the morning before the markets open here in Asia/Australia. As a young trader to say this website has been helpful and informative would be a great understatement. I really appreciate the work you’ve done.

    Joshua – Melbourne, Australia.

  8. Corey Rosenbloom Says:

    Greetings, Joshua. Thank you so much for the comment and support. I’m so glad to have been able to help a bit. I’ll continue to do my best to provide all the help I can and strongly encourage input and questions as they come up.

    From what I can tell from my preliminary stats, over 3% of readers are from the Land Down Under, making it the #1 country outside of the United States! Singapore and Canada are a close second and third. I’m so glad to hear from all you Awesome Aussies!

    I wish you the best and wish I were there in Australia with you all! Instead, I’m in America’s Deep South in the middle of a summer heatwave!

    All the best,

    Corey

  9. Josh Says:

    Wow. Two Josh’s, both from Oz, commenting on the blog.. what the heck are the odds of that?!?!? About the same as an extremely volatile U.S. summer of trading I suppose! To use an Australianism… un-bloody-likely! 🙂

    ..and, just for the record, I’m from Adelaide, Australia. 🙂

  10. Corey Rosenbloom Says:

    I know! It’s out of this world! With the market the way it has been behaving, I’m beginning to believe that nothing is out of the ordinary. We’re supposed to be experiencing the “Summer Doldrums” in the market! People are supposed to be on vacation en masse! Oh, well. We just have to do the best we can.

    I’m going to begin to gear the content a little more internationally from now on. I actually almost created a post regarding the Australian Dollar and its recent significant weakness. I saw the chart in some of the ForEx and futures scans I run and just about put it up there as a study in rapid price declines but decided to hold off to see the resolution. I’ll do that in the next few days – I need to read up a bit on why the Aussie Dollar declined so rapidly and what it means.

    I hope to hear more from you both, and from any overseas trader. Let me know what content might be interesting or important to you and I’ll see if I can research a bit and gear some content to you.

    Cheers, mate!

  11. Corey Rosenbloom Says:

    Thank you, Josh! Thank you for the warm compliments and for reading. I'd love to visit Australia at some point – I have heard such wonderful things about how beautiful it is and how peaceful. It's absolutely on my to-do list. I typically post in the evenings, so that would indeed be in the mornings for you!

    All the best to ya'!