While my creation of U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has been a fruitful venture -- both product-wise and profit-wise -- I believe it is time to shift my energies toward other initiatives.
My reporting here immediately had been noticed by WND.com, and since then I have increasingly devoted greater efforts selling original articles to that organization than writing new ones for the Monitor. Indeed, I would like to draw your attention to my WND author page, where the bulk of my recent and future reporting can and will be found.
The Monitor certainly has proved to be a positive experience in digital, independent reporting, as had been its predecessor site, The Peacock Report (which is archived here).
From its inception three years ago, the Monitor has produced hundreds of research-based articles ahead of the competition, at times beating even major media organizations; indeed, news giant CNN -- specifically White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar via CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer -- blatantly stole information from this site (see "CNN Rips Off U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor Story on Biden's Plush Parisian Jaunt.")
I must have been doing something right, eh?
Likewise, my articles have been linked to by sources such as Drudge Report, which sparked nearly 90,000 page views in several days in response to "Kenya Sees Spike in Obama Administration-Funded Projects."
Cryptome.org likewise drove thousands of visitors here by linking to my numerous articles on matters specific to national security and U.S.-funded foreign operations.
Similary, bestselling author Andrew McCarthy used (and credited) Monitor material in a piece he wrote for National Review online.
There have been many other notable successes and forms of recognition by outside sources, but it's time I get down to business with other creative ventures (besides, I still have to bag about a ton of leaves in my backyard that I did not get to last autumn).
Most importantly, I need to finish writing Play Dead, Roll Over, my book-length memoir-in-progress. For a taste of the creative nonfiction work, check out an excerpt via Gravel: A Literary Journal and Crime Factory #15. If you are interested in these and other literary (and largely non-political) pursuits, follow me on Twitter via @sgpeacock.
While I will continue to make the Monitor publicly accessible, for now -- if not permanently -- I will cease posting new articles here.
Stay in touch. Like I said, I expect to continue contributing to WND, so check out my author page for updates.
For those interested in my political writing and in conservative/libertarian issues in general, please follow me on Twitter via @tradeaidmonitor.
In addition to my various writing pursuits, I am likewise pursuing voice-over, acting, and emcee/ring announcer opportunities. I have started to update my YouTube page for that reason, though admittedly it is a work-in-progress.
Best wishes, and thank you all for your support and interest. -- Steve Peacock