Well folks, its been nearly a year since we started the blog and today’s entry is my 500th. I guess that means one or two things. I talk too much or there has been a lot going on with the market. I guess you could say both but what is really cool about the blog is that in seconds, it can take you back to what the market was doing on whatever day you pick.

This information is so valuable and I refer to a lot of my notes by searching this site. If you ever want to get a quick history of anything I have written about, like Google (GOOG, $353.11, up $10.45) or any other stock that you might be researching, just type it in the “search” box. Want some cool Watch Lists to track certain sectors that have three or four of the top stocks in that industry? Just click on the “Watch Lists” link.

Want to relive the hard fall Merrill Lynch or Lehman Brothers took? Just type them in the “search” box. Wanna check how oil flowed from $40 to nearly $150? Yeah, you get the hint…

We started the blog to provide you with another resource to learn about options. I wanted to take this time to thank all of you who check in to keep up to date with the stock market or to read what I am rambling about. I’m working on some other cool stuff to make the blog more interesting and valuable. I’ve been researching everything I have blogged about and the option trades I have profiled and I’m putting everything together in a spreadsheet.

What you should know about the trades is that I like to trade options on stocks I know. You will see how we have played the same stock over and over, up and down, with options that have made triple-digit moves. Of course, the portfolios are for informational purposes but you should use them to your advantage. It only takes a little bit of money to make a lot of money in options. I’m working hard to get this information out by the end of the month.

Anyways, feel free to drop me a line and let me know your thoughts on the blog, options, or the market in general. I really want to hear from everyone who reads the blog even if it’s to say “Happy 500!”. Send me your ideas, thoughts, and questions and I will try to cover most of the topics in the future. I won’t be able to answer all of you back but I do try and respond to a lot of them and I do read all of your emails. Thanks everybody for making the blog a huge success!

Rick Rouse