Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to another blog entry at this site:
Rob, when do you think the last time a non-goon read anything you wrote?
I don’t know the answer, Anonymous.
I occasionally have people who sign up as subscribers to the site. They must read some of the stuff and like it. There aren’t a lot of them. But they exist. So the number is greater than zero.
Sam Parler is an old friend (he was co-developer of one of the calculators). He posts at a site that charges a fee for membership (so I don’t go there). He sent me an e-mail recently saying that he links to me there from time to time and that recently there was a post that he put up that linked to me that received a strong and positive reaction.
It causes me pain that more people don’t post here, especially non-Goons. If that’s what you are getting at, please know that it certainly causes me pain. You “win” re that one.
The other side of the story is that it would cause me a far worse pain if I were to agree to post dishonestly re safe withdrawal rates or any other critically important investment-related topic. So I have never once in 12 years given that idea even the tiniest bit of consideration. I think it would be fair to say that I have been the big “winner” re that one.
I hope that helps a bit, my old friend.