Full disclosure: the following post is a rant. I get satisfaction, if you read it. You don’t have to read it, but your support is greatly appreciated.
The title of the post is the first line in my favorite song by David Gray ( who incidentally looks like Brian Kelly from “The points guy”), called “Please forgive me”. It has beautiful, haunting lyrics, check it out on Youtube.
I had a lot on mind lately. This blogging thing can really take a toll on your mental state. It is very hard to de-blog. It’s always there in the back of your mind. You either think about your current post, your next post or the fact, that you may not come up with anything to write another post (gasp!).
Also, this is not the most exciting stuff, right? Not to most people, at least. We are talking numbers , miles et cetera. I can only do so much to add the extra spice needed to make it interesting. And I really don’t want to make it so spicy, that people can’s stand it anymore.
I sure managed to do a lot in my first month and a half of blogging. More , than I ever imagined. Some good, some bad. The exposure I got was completely unexpected and overwhelming. In spite of the look of my site, the feedback has been mostly positive. Also somewhat unexpected.
Now onto the bad part. Somehow I already managed to get accused of plagiarism, a head scratcher for sure! Though I can see why the other blogger thought that. I posted the same picture 3 weeks after she posted hers. But I never saw her post. How about that? The worst part is that it was the blogger, who championed my little site from the start. See my previous post for more. I mean , come on! I am not a thief in my other life and am not here to start stealing from other bloggers. It’s just not who I am.
Also the affiliate links got at least half of the people in the industry upset. I guess I didn’t follow the protocol on how I went about this whole thing. And in a way I do understand, it looks unsavory.
My stance on this has always been this. The reader is very smart. If they don’t think I deserve it, they won’t use my links. Simple as that. So now I’m an outsider, but it has been like that my whole life. It feels normal. Plus, I am a SAHM, who rarely travels, trying to be a part of frequent flyer blogging community. An oxymoron indeed.
Honestly if I ever get a check from my affiliate company, it’s gonna be a major shocker. Strangely, you readers don’t seem to have a problem with the whole thing, like I thought you would! And if by some miracle anyone does apply through my site and is approved for a card, please email me, if you can. That way I will get a chance to thank you personally. This is not a manipulative ploy on my part to get you to use my links. Or is it? 🙂
I also managed to tell off the guy, who tells off everyone else in the industry. Big mouth, no filter, “take no prisoners” approach. Check , check and check! For both of us. So that made the other half of the bloggers upset with me as well. How would you like to have all of that in your first month on a job? What’s next ? Beat up Randy Petersen, the “godfather” of frequent flyer miles? Pfft, give me a time and a place.
By the way, why is he called “godfather”? Is this blogging industry just a front for something really sinister? An internet troll recently said I have lots of chutzpah. You bet I do, though I’m still not sure what it is. But I like the sound of it!
The song I mentioned has a line, that goes: ” Help me out here, all my words are falling short. And I have so much to say.” I really would like to hear from you, readers. Please make suggestions on topics you want me to cover. I will be happy to feature posts with your questions answered as well. And if someone wants to contribute a trip report, please do. As you can see, I could use some. Not everyone is comfortable commenting on the site. So please email, if that’s the case. I have corresponded with some readers in that manner. Plus, as you can see, I could use some encouragement.
Thank you again for reading. I really hope you are benefiting. I don’t want to blog into oblivion. This is a labor of love for me, truly. I don’t know how long I will keep going. And I haven’t been doing it right in so many ways. But there is a line in the same song, that goes: ” Feels like lightning, running through my veins.” Even though this is just a boring miles and points blog, that’s how it feels, when I’m writing. That’s exactly how it feels.
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.