An NYSE Scalper's Tale - A Trader's Diary

Monday, May 14, 2007

A "Temporary" Goodbye

Hey there folks.

I've decided to take a brief hiatus from blogging. Whether "brief" means a week or a year, only time will tell.

I've been blogging about my trading day every day for over a year now and it's almost as if no trading day would be complete without blogging about it.

But lately I feel as though I need to re-group. I guess you can call this hiatus an "experiment" - to see if I feel any different without having everyone out there reading about my day.

One of the reasons I started this blog was to try to help me in my trading. You can see from the numbers on the sidebar that since I've started blogging, I feel as though there hasn't really been any great improvement in my trading.

I have a feeling that I may have to change things up a bit so that I can get back on track.

I'm sure you folks have noticed that lately my heart really hasn't been into blogging. I haven't been responding to comments and my posts just feels like it lacks substance. I also feel that lately I've been wasting both the reader's time and my time by publishing these kinds of posts, so a step back from blogging may be in order.

Not only that, but the weather's getting warmer and I'd like to use that extra time to spend with my wife. This past year or so of blogging as really taken me away from her and I feel as though I owe it to her to spend more quality time with her during the weeknights.

So until I get my game back together, I'll bid you adieu and I'm hoping I'll be back sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, I'd suggest you check out DinosaurTrader and his Virtual Office.....there you'll find a daily posting of several bloggers' P&L's. Check out the blogs of those who participate in the Virtual Office - you can learn a great deal from those traders and I highly recommend you check out the blogs of everyone who is involved.

I'd like to thank all the loyal readers and all of the supportive comments you have provided in the past (I guess the nasty ones just comes with the territory!)....without you folks, this blog wouldn't have gone on as long as it has.

Don't worry - I'll be back (this isn't one of those "Goodbye Forever" posts). Maybe next week or next month, but I'll keep you folks posted (unless, of course, I really do enjoy life without a blog! :) just kidding of course!)



  • Hope to see you back soon, JC.


    By Blogger Dinosaur Trader, at May 14, 2007 5:23 p.m.  

  • Enjoy your time away from blogging. Thanks for always sharing so much!!

    By Blogger Glenn, at May 14, 2007 5:24 p.m.  

  • Thanks tons for taking the time and sharing what you did about your trading. I always looked forward to reading your thoughts each night (via RSS feed).

    I think it's a good idea to take a break and focus on your trading. Keep a private journal for awhile and see if it's any different.

    Cheers and good trading in the future.



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 14, 2007 5:52 p.m.  

  • give up scalping, not blogging, you will succeed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 14, 2007 7:10 p.m.  

  • Good luck, hope you find what you're looking for..

    By Blogger AJ, at May 14, 2007 7:26 p.m.  

  • Take care of yourself and your family...the rest will work out as it should. I've enjoyed your posts, but am glad you are doing what you need to.

    I wish you the best!

    By Blogger Woodshedder, at May 14, 2007 9:24 p.m.  

  • spending more time with family is always a great idea...we look forward to having u back

    By Anonymous john, at May 14, 2007 10:45 p.m.  

  • jc - I hope you the best. I did the same recently on my blog. I'm still trading but decided to not post my daily results....

    I think you've made a good decision to take a break. You should visit occasionally. It's a nice forum that I visit on occasion to see what other day traders are up to.

    Take care,

    By Blogger Skyb0x, at May 14, 2007 10:51 p.m.  

  • Good luck JC. Best wishes.

    @Anonymous: You are an Asshat.

    By Blogger Prospectus, at May 14, 2007 11:58 p.m.  

  • Trading taxes your self-esteem, your patience, your self-confidence. It's a damn hard profession. Take some time and recharge, but don't be a stranger :)

    By Blogger Tyro, at May 15, 2007 12:23 a.m.  

  • J.C., I have rarely commented, but I read your daily commentary regularly. Whatever you do, take care of yourself, your family, and your aspirations. I seen you do very well, and I've seen you stumble...but you always keep keeping on.

    By Blogger skh.pcola, at May 15, 2007 12:57 a.m.  

  • Enjoy your time off and good luck on your next adventure. Hope to see back in the blogsphere.

    By Blogger mc, at May 15, 2007 2:29 a.m.  

  • Hi JC. Like skh.pcola, I haven't commented but I read your entries daily. I caught myself rejoicing with you on the good days, and feeling your pain on the bad days. I've made reading your entries part of my evening routine. Hope to see you back soon keeping things in the green.

    By Blogger Mark Taylor, at May 15, 2007 2:34 a.m.  

  • damnit, I read all your posts. They are interesting for us ppl that have no clue what your doing, i just see you make some good money hehe

    By Anonymous Jon Waraas, at May 15, 2007 4:08 a.m.  

  • Blogs can be great tools to add to trading and to life, but you can have too much of a good thing. When you come back to blogging JC, it may be easier to blog on a lower frequency (eg: a weekly basis ).

    Wishing you all the best, and looking forward to your return! All the best amigo.


    By Anonymous Caravaggio, at May 15, 2007 5:38 a.m.  

  • JC, I wish best luck for what you are looking for...You have done a terrific job so far.

    By Blogger mystockdiary, at May 15, 2007 1:06 p.m.  

  • JC -- For however long the hiatus, I'm going to miss your posts. I've always looked forward to opening the RSS reader and hoping to see that you had done well that day. Thank you for being so generous and candid in sharing your trading experiences. I'll keep pulling for you and yours, even in your time away. Best wishes!

    By Anonymous Ray Pellecchia, at May 15, 2007 3:46 p.m.  

  • Maybe your blogging didn't helped you much in trading but it did to other traders. You gave community of traders something back for your profits. Thank you on that.

    By Blogger FX, at May 15, 2007 5:45 p.m.  

  • Hey JC,

    Thanks for sharing all your trading with us. Enjoy your sabbatical away from the daily blog grind.

    Stay on the right side of the bid and the ask,

    Linda P.

    By Anonymous Linda P., at May 15, 2007 10:32 p.m.  

  • Hope to see you back.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 17, 2007 1:39 a.m.  

  • Why don't you just keep posting your net on elitetrader Trader P/L forum under Journals. That way we can still truck your progress and that only takes 2 mins to do at the end of the day so you have time to spend with your wife. This satisfied your need for time and our need to know!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 17, 2007 4:15 p.m.  

  • Wow! Hey well I check out your blog everyday and it is really great simply because it is pretty obvious that you care about it and your trading as more then just a money machine. I will miss checking out the blog and look forward to your return...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 17, 2007 8:33 p.m.  

  • You may not feel it, I know have life sometimes feel like you are simply standing in place and no one cares but man you really gave a lot and your blog is truly one-of-a-kind. It is not the newscenter/newslink , not the tip sheet, not the specialty site, not a show of arrogance but one man's unique contribution as he battles the markets on a daily basis. It kinda feels to me like you are out in a small boat circling the world and all the travails that come out of that. Take Care Scalper!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 17, 2007 8:37 p.m.  

  • as you used to be a programmer, you could develop a systematic method for trading which seems to be lack in your past trading.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 18, 2007 5:50 a.m.  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 24, 2007 4:37 a.m.  

  • you must hav blown your account up like all the other daytraders.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 25, 2007 5:49 p.m.  

  • JC,

    Thanks for the blog. I'm more of a swing trader myself, but this was a very interesting site. Made me look at listed stocks more, even though I still focus mainly on nasdaq stocks. See you when you get back..... Best wishes to you and your family.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 27, 2007 6:18 p.m.  

  • you might inherit some bad habit from swift trade's training, which prevents you from taking big profit.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 27, 2007 8:55 p.m.  

  • JC,

    Have fun with your time off.


    By Blogger Flatwallet, at May 29, 2007 9:35 p.m.  

  • get back bitch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 03, 2007 11:17 a.m.  

  • WTF, where is this guy, he quit trading or killed himself?

    What a little whinny bitch

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2007 6:24 p.m.  

  • nice blog, come back soon.


    By Blogger Vlada, Czech Republic, at June 08, 2007 1:05 p.m.  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 12, 2007 11:01 a.m.  

  • JC, I still have you bookmarked and hope you are doing well. If you decide not to come back, that's understandable, but please let us know. Take care of yourself...

    By Blogger skh.pcola, at July 04, 2007 8:56 p.m.  

  • There are some real jerks that are posting as "anonymous". Yech.

    I hope you're doing well, whether you're trading or not. We haven't forgotten about you and I hope you'll stop by to update us with your progress. Once a month, maybe?

    Take care, -t.

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  • enjoy your time off bitch, hope you lose your ass trading against the big boys. Bend over and pay my bonus faggot.

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    Where are you??????????????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 19, 2007 10:00 p.m.  

  • Gat ur pansie ass back here fool...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 12, 2008 11:35 a.m.  

  • Hi - a break is good sometimes and can clear the mind. Look forward to seeing you back online!

    By Blogger DannyBly, at February 06, 2008 11:48 a.m.  

  • I guess you like life without the blog....hope your trading is where you want it to be too.

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 08, 2008 8:28 p.m.  

  • We will miss this blog.

    By Blogger Stock Shotz, at August 11, 2008 9:38 p.m.  

  • Miss this blog already. I am back to revisit after almost a year. Hope you come back as you provide insightful information.

    By Blogger Kevin H, at August 31, 2008 11:11 p.m.  

  • It's time to come back don't you think?

    By Blogger FX, at October 04, 2008 10:28 a.m.  

  • This seems forever now. I've been waiting for more than 2 years ......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2009 3:25 p.m.  

  • Wow. Do you know what you are doing or were you simply lucky when everything was rising?

    One of my trading rules is to never make more than 48 trades per year.

    You violate this rule every single day.


    By Anonymous jay, at August 03, 2009 10:29 a.m.  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 24, 2010 3:21 p.m.  

  • Update please! :(

    By Blogger Dan, at March 24, 2010 12:47 p.m.  

  • Just discovered this trading blog on a google search and whiled away a good few hours browsing. Shame the blog never returned, but did you return to trading?

    Great reading, thanks!

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