Every year since the fall of 2011, I’ve posted an annual list of my flaws and shortcomings online for people to read.
I’m a weirdo. I know.
It was a tradition born initially from spite.
Back in 2011, a reader accused me of being materialistic after I wrote about my lack of a favorite number, specifically criticizing me for saying that when it comes to my salary, my favorite number is the largest number possible.
An entirely logical position to hold and also, I thought, slightly amusing.
My reader was apparently neither logical nor amusing.
After deftly refuting his ridiculous charge of materialism, I acknowledged that I had plenty of other shortcomings and offered to list them to appease my angry reader.
Then I did. I made a list and posted it online.
Then I added to the list when friends suggested I had forgotten a few.
Nice friends. Huh?
Since then, I’ve posted the list every year, adding new flaws and shortcomings as they emerge and occasionally removing items from the list when I improve as a human being.
I post the list in mid-September, so the time to post is approaching again. As I do every year, I invite friends, family members, and readers to suggest flaws and shortcomings that I should consider adding to my list.
Please don’t worry about offending me. People say mean things to me all the time. As someone who has expressed his ideas and opinions online every single day for nearly 20 years and successfully sued Donald Trump in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, I receive a great deal of animosity on a regular basis.
I’ll be fine.
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to send them along.