Videos Now Available on Odysee

As anyone who follows me knows, I’m a fan of alt-tech platforms vs the big tech sites. And I’ve decided to add another one to the mix. While all of my videos are available here on the blog site (check the links at the top of the page based on the series), I started putting my videos up on BitChute. Later, I added Gab TV. And starting with my videos in November, I have added Odysee to the mix. I like Odysee because they are not censorious like big tech but also the interface is good and, unlike the other sites, they have an app so I hope that will help make the videos more accessible in the alt-tech space. Just look for the channel “MidwayTrades” or https://odysee.com/@MidwayTrades:a

As many of you know, I am also on the Fediverse. You can follow me there at @midway@soapbox.midwaytrades.com. I am in the process of testing putting this blog site up on the Fediverse as well using the ActivityPub plugin for WordPress. If you’d like to follow the blog on the Fediverse, you can find it at @midway@www.midwaytrades.com. Keep in mind that this is still a work in progress so you may not see things there immediately as I’m still figuring out how the integration works.

I will try make some time for more trading blogs here. Feel free to reach out if you have something you’d like to cover. In the mean time, you can follow me in the usual places and I’ve added some more!

Talk with you soon!

MidwayTrades is on Mastodon

I realize I haven’t blogged in a while. I get a lot of projects going and with a day job it can get a bit crazy. This is one of those side projects I’ve been working on for a while now. The idea is to combine two things I really like: trading and alt-tech. As you know, I tend to be more active on alt-tech platforms than the ones from traditional big tech. So I stream my videos on BitChute and GabTV rather than YouTube. I use Gab rather than Facebook. I do use Reddit a bit so there are exceptions but I’m pretty limited in the subreddits I join over there. Another alt-tech project I’ve had my eye on for a while is called Mastodon, which is an open-source decentralized version of Twitter. Literally anyone can set up an instance of Mastodon and have to talk to any other instance of Mastodon out there. So you can join an instance and follow and talk to people on other instances. This is known as “federation” and has lead to the term “Fediverse” describing the world of Mastodon instances. But because it’s decentralized, no one entity owns it. Because it’s open source, no one entity controls it. This appeals to me quite a bit.

Ok, enough of the tech talk. What does this have to do with trading? I have set up my own Mastodon instance at social.midwaytrades.com. So if you are already on any instance of Mastodon, you can follow me. If you aren’t but are interested, you can join my instance. Right now, all new accounts will be approved by me, but that’s mostly because I’m still learning this stuff too. But I welcome anyone who would like to try this to join my instance and see what this stuff is about.

Why Am I Doing This?

So that’s all well and good but what’s the point? My goal here is to create more ways to talk to people about trading. So I plan to put out content (called “Toots” instead of Tweets) when I open, adjust, or close a trade. I still will do my weekly review videos, but if folks are interested in something a bit more real-time, this is one way to get that. And it’s another way to get discussions going. For example, I did open a trade today. Here’s what I put out:

A “toot” announcing a trade open.

These read from the bottom similar to Twitter. But as you can see, I not only say what I opened, but I try to talk about the reasons as well my plan as well. My hope is that these can be used as an example for those learning to trade…and, of course, lead to more discussions.

So if you’re already on Mastodon, feel free to follow up at @midway@social.midwaytrades.com. Or if you’d like to try it out, stop by the server sign up and look around. I’d love to hear from you.

Now I need to get back to blogging about trading..I will do that I swear!

Hello, World!

Thanks for stopping my the site. I’m Midway and this site is an extension of my desire to build an online community of options traders and folks who like to talk about and learn about options trading.

I started talking about options trading on Gab a while back and that eventually led me to start a BitChute channel where I post videos about trading. It started with an occasional series called “Trade Review” where I find live trades that demonstrate a principle about options trading. I then did a 17-episode series called “Options Fundamentals” where I go through the basics of options and trading them. The idea is to build up a library of information on options that can be educational and, hopefully, start up discussions. I am about to start a new series called “This Week @MidwayTrades” where I take my weekly trade review sessions and post them online for everyone to see: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Stay tuned for that.

Then I got the idea to start up this site. The idea behind this site is to have a place where I can post longer form blogs as well as a place where folks can download the videos and other materials that went into making the videos. I’m not looking to sell anything, this effort is here to build a community. I will do my best to promote it on places like Gab, Minds, and BitChute. For now, I’m staying in the “alt-tech” world because I’m becoming disillusioned with the big tech social media companies and how much they are working to censor views they do not like. And while this topic isn’t exactly controversial or even political, I still don’t like what they are doing on principle.

If you are interested in contributing content to the site, feel free to reach out to me at midway@52.27.84.239 and we can discuss your ideas.