It's interesting, taking stock of your game periodically, especially when you couple that with tools like PokerTracker and blogs. It's easy to overlook one of the huge benefits of keeping a poker blog, which is, quite simply, having a record of your thoughts over time. Yes, vanity is cool, plugging into a larger community is cool, building friendships that would otherwise never exist is cool, but the real value, if you're serious about improving your game, is being able to pull back and see the evolution of your thoughts and game over time.
Tight, aggressive poker wins. There's no doubting that. But as much as we read that and underline it in our Sklansky books, it's hard to maintain it in our games. Playing tight and aggressively goes against many natural instincts, especially those of the general type of people drawn to poker to begin with. If you like to gamble you're constantly fighting the urge to play less than premium starting cards. If you excel at games of skill and logic you're constantly fighting the urge to constantly engage the maniacs and idiots at your table, eager to display your superior skills.
Compounding the frustration is even when you're a good tight, aggressive poker monkey and bide your time, 25% of the time the flop will absolutely destroy what you just thought was a premium hand that you raised it up with. Someone bets, someone raises, and you muck your hand and sit there, folding hand after hand, for another orbit or two.
Tight, aggressive poker wins. It just does. But it's a constant fight, for me at least, and I still can't say I always end up on top. That said, I can definitely chart improved results in my game with dedicated efforts to banish the conservative, weak tight mouse lurking within me. And I can pluck a few individual examples from those efforts that seem to have paid off with the most bang for the buck.