Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Curious Case of Equity Private, Part II

Equity Private is not only snarky, she is profligate.

"I have a reputation going back three years and three months with literally hundreds of thousands of words of my prose" - Equity Private, May 17, 2009
Her anonymous resume, as near as I can tell, is as follows:
EquityPrivate.Typepad.com: February 2006 - February 2009
FinemRespice.com: February 2009 - Present
DealBreaker.com: September 15, 2008 - May 29th, 2009 (Also July 31 2009 - August 14th, 2009)
Two observations can be drawn from this one - one obvious, one less so. First, Equity Private has invested hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours of time in this endeavor, which is a huge expenditure of a person's most valuable asset.

The second observation can only be seen by a closer analysis of her posts: Something has happened this summer; her writing volume, steady for 3 years, has dramatically slowed down. Additionally, it seems that her stint at DealBreaker, finance snark-central, has come to an end.

My questions aren't meant to mock her, or to be snarky myself. Rather, I find her an interesting character study of choices versus capabilities.
Question 1: What compels someone as talented, as motivated, as professionally successful as Equity Private to invest such a huge volume of time in such a narrow pastime as tearing other people down via snark?

Question 2: What's happened to Equity Private's anonymous writing career? Why is it (seemingly) coming to an end?

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009