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By Robert Rapier on May 19, 2017 with 4 responses

Contact Information And Blog Migration Update

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I have been stretched pretty thin lately, or I would have already addressed this. Writing a blog started for me as a hobby in 2005, but it has led me places I couldn’t have imagined. That is because of readers like you who have made this a worthy endeavor over the years. So let me first thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

There are two updates I need to provide for readers. Please indulge me as I try to give you a behind-the-scenes look that hopefully explains a few things.

I have had many people over the past month tell me that my email address connected to this blog, rapier@energytrendsinsider.com, is bouncing. As a result, I may have missed some important emails. If I didn’t respond to an email, that might be why. Or it could be that I simply haven’t gotten to it yet.

This morning there were 436 emails in my inbox. I have to prioritize them quickly. If I receive a simple query, I will probably respond with a simple answer. If you are a student seeking help with a project or thesis, I will try to help as much as I can. If you are a reporter, I will try to answer your query. But this all takes time, so please understand if my response to your email is brief, or if I am not prompt in getting back to you.

If you are looking for an updated email address, for those who don’t know, my Gmail address has always been embedded in my CV. I have had many people let me know that my contact information is hard to find. That’s by design to manage my email flow. The easier it is to contact me, the more junk email I get. So if you do get a bounced email from me, try my Gmail.

Why don’t I just fix the “energytrendsinsider” email? That gets into the second part of what I want to discuss. I started writing on Blogger in 2005. In March 2010, I agreed to move to this current site (initially Consumer Energy Report) and make this my home base. I have been writing here ever since.

But my outside commitments have grown. I have a day job with an Arizona-based company called ZHRO Power, LLC. My primary role has been to develop a solution to oilfield flaring. I won’t go into detail, but you can read about that here. Also, I have a job with Investing Daily. I write a pair of weekly energy columns there, and then I write a subscriber-only newsletter for them and manage a paper portfolio of stocks.

Beyond those two jobs, I write a weekly column for Forbes, regular columns for the GE Power Blog, and if there’s any time left I sometimes squeeze in some additional freelance writing. This blog often falls to the bottom of my priority list.

I do not own this site where my blog is located. I don’t even have full administrative rights to fix certain things, like the bouncing email issue. That was partly by design. One reason I came here was to limit the amount of peripheral stuff I had to do associated with a site. But it has also created limitations. That, along with the other outside demands, has resulted in my output here falling dramatically in recent years.

After considerable thought, I have decided to migrate my blog to my own domain and hire someone to help with the upkeep of the site. I have in mind something like Robert Bryce’s site as a template for what I want to do. I will host columns that I have written elsewhere (many have asked me to republish my Forbes articles because they don’t like wading through the ads), and any original content that I want to share that doesn’t fit the Forbes format.

It’s going to take some time to set everything up, but that’s where things are headed. Until then, you know where to find me. When the change happens, I will announce it on on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook as well. But this will be my last column here.

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  1. By Boutros Gladius on May 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I followed your blog since early Oil Drum days. With great prescience, I’ve never changed my own link that I use to http://i-r-squared.blogspot.com/ … I just let the redirect take me to energytrendinsider.com ;-)

    The post rate here _has_ become a little disappointing. Looking forward to seeing your new output. Are you going back to the original blogspot address, or a whole new site? (I’m assuming the latter).

    Oh, and thanks for all the writing over the years … always worth reading no matter how sparse!

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    • By Robert Rapier on May 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Well thanks for hanging in there. My writing has never slowed down, it’s just that the commitments outside of the blog have grown tremendously. So the writing here has suffered. My intent is to get my own domain (www.robertrapier.com is taken) and then build a site there where all of my articles are archived. That way, when I write something new it’s there. I don’t currently do that here, because it has become more of a chore than it’s been worth.

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      • By RBM on May 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

        I too started reading your work at TOD and have followed you since.
        Glad to hear of your movement as I can see it portends improved opportunities.

        Thanks for the communication regarding your plans as it will allow me an additional way of tracking your writing, if needed.

        See ya’ ’round !!

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  2. By AJ Batal on May 23, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    As a longstanding and partisan R-Squared followers, I am pleased to hear of your plans to consolidate content/aim toward efficiency in getting the word out. It’s long overdue and will likely contribute to your productivity. Thanks for attempting the difficult balance of educating the public while you actively promote projects/ventures that you believe have merit (and that you never fail to disclose in a practice of complete transparency)

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