February 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of my first published article. The article appeared in The Freeman: “Domestic Inflation versus International Solvency.”
Just for the record, according to the inflation calculator of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index in the United States has risen by a factor of 7.3 since 1967.
I had begun writing book reviews in the local newspaper, the Riverside, California Press Enterprise, in 1965. I was paid five dollars for the book review, and I got to keep the book. The article in The Freeman was the first time I had ever been paid a significant amount of money, and also the first time that one of my articles had appeared in a national magazine. Back then, the magazine paid two cents a word. It therefore paid to write long articles. The article had 2,333 words. That meant I was paid about $45, or about $330 in today’s money. I was in grad school, and I needed the money.
I had no idea in 1967 that, over the next 50 years, I would write something in the neighborhood of 14,000 articles, plus about 60 books.
I have written most of those articles since 2006, the year that I began my online subscription website, Gary North’s Specific Answers. I write 24 articles a week for that site. I used to write 30 articles a week, but I decided to slack off a little bit. I got away with it. The subscribers did not cancel their subscriptions because of this reduction.
For those of you who want to be writers, it is a lot easier today than when I began. Today, anyone can start a free blog site, and he can start writing immediately.
When I designed the Ron Paul Curriculum, I decided to get students publishing early. A student who goes through the entire curriculum will post well over 1,000 weekly essays on his or her blog site. Any student who writes 1,000+ essays is going to master the basics of writing. That student will go to college with a crucial skill that very few college freshmen possess, and which very few college seniors possess.
The earlier that a student gets into the habit of writing on a weekly basis, the sooner the student will build up a portfolio of published materials that can serve as an effective addition to a résumé.
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