I Write These Blogs

When I started writing this blog a little over two years ago I didn’t know what to expect.  My initial thought was that I would write about AICPA Board and Council meetings.  I had served on Council for three years and was about to embark on a three year stint on the Board of Directors.  Having come through Chapter and State leadership I knew many CPAs that were active in the profession, but many of these even most active CPAs didn’t have a complete picture of what the AICPA did or why they did it.  I thought a blog would be a good way to help people understand the AICPA.

So I started off writing my blogs about Council and Board meetings.  I also wrote a series of eight blogs on the eight elements of the AICPA strategic plan.  Then I started expanding my topics to cover other issues like accounting standards development and legislative and regulatory efforts such as tax patents and the tax preparer identification process from the IRS.  After that the topics expanded to cover everything from why I became a CPA to my philosophy on work and what it means to be a member of this outstanding profession.

So here I am at Blog #100. Of course I’ve tracked how many Blogs I have written.  I am a CPA after all. First off, to those who wonder, yes, I have written all 100 myself.  I haven’t had some PR staff person write them and then put my name on them.  Some blogs were reviewed by others for facts, but my main reviewer has been my wife.  When I review something I’ve written, I have a tendency to fill in any missing words.  I know what I meant to say so my brain just fills in the missing pieces, and anyone who writes on the computer much can tell you the fallacy of over relying on spell check and auto correction.  I have to laugh at some of the things that came off my keyboard.  Fortunately you never saw them or I might not be on Blog # 100.

The second question I get is how do you come up with topics for 100 blogs? First off, there is so much going on in the profession that I can honestly say there is never a shortage of things to write about, but if all I wrote about as the latest exposure draft issued by the FASB, this blog would get boring so I write about whatever is on my mind at the time.  Sometimes it is something serious like FAF’s attempt to subvert the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Private Company Financial Reporting, but other times it is little more fun like speculating on what was going on in the back office of the Minnesota Vikings when they had to trade out tickets for one stadium with those of a different stadium when the Metrodome roof tore open in a snowstorm.

The final question I get is why do I do it?  I do it for two reasons.  First, because you, my readers, seem to value it.  I love my profession and the whole reason I got involved in it in the first place was to give something back to everyone in the profession.  This Blog is just the latest iteration of that effort. The second reason is because it is an outlet for me.  This is my blog.  If I want to be a little politically incorrect, I can.  If I want to rant a little I can. I’m sure most of you have wanted to do that from time to time.  I guess what I am telling you is my Blog is my own little therapy session to keep me sane in this crazy world. So to end Blog # 100 I want to thank you, my readers.  Thanks for not crucifying me over the occasional typo.  Thanks for saving me a ton of money on therapy sessions and most of all, thanks for caring enough about the profession to read these Blogs.

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