Not a Q, just wanted to share my feelings. Feel free to post publicly. As I think you know, I am a finance PhD student. For past 2 years I have suffered from a severe lack of confidence, especially in my ability to research. My task this summer was to complete a 2nd year paper. It was a rough slog, but thanks in part to reading your blog & interacting with you I got through it (& impressed faculty!). Your upbeat attitude is infectious & your positive feedback to my comments most welcome. Thanks!
Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for reading. Good luck in the rest of your studies!