The baby being the blog and yes, this will be the mother of all mega rants! You see, by this point 95 percent of bloggers either give up or post sporadically. Yet another proof that it’s not as easy as it looks. But I am stubborn and was determined to beat the statistic.
It’s funny, in high school I debated on whether to become a journalist, a lawyer, mathematician or a writer. I ended up doing none of those things… till I started blogging.
It really does take a special type of chutzpah to come in at the peak of blog saturation in the industry, start a site named “Miles for Family” (yawn), have no IT skills and overabundance of commas, yet expect people to read my rants.
Well, I’m full of it! Chutzpah, that is.
My goal all along was to alienate 99 percent of bloggers in the industry in 18 months. Well, I am happy to report that I’ve achieved it well ahead of schedule. What? Are you telling me that networking plays a huge part in a success of a blog? Why didn’t someone tell me that before I started my calling-out campaign? 🙂
Do you remember Golden Globes a few years back, where Ricky Gervais was the host and insulted everyone in the audience.
When Robert Downey Jr. got up on stage to present one of the trophies, he quipped: “Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn’t you?”
In all honesty, I would like to apologize to anyone whose feelings I’ve hurt. It was never my intention. Nothing in my posts was meant to be a personal insult, though I certainly could have handled it better in many cases. There were some very dumb posts, no question.
I wish I could go back and do some things differently, but alas, life doesn’t work that way. This is where I break out into a song, since my blog is a bit like a musical. Coldplay’s lyrics from “Scientist” :
“I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart…
…Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh, take me back to the start.”
I do want to thank all the fellow bloggers who retweeted my posts, linked to my site, commented etc. I won’t name names since I’m afraid I’ll forget someone, but I am so glad you are one-percenters… for now.
For many in the industry, my blog is a big joke and a nuisance. To them I say: I totally get it and I’m not here to try to change your mind. I’ll be the first to admit that 99 percent of people in this hobby will get absolutely nothing out of my posts. I’m here to reach the 1 percent.
Of course, a huge thanks to Daraius from Million Mile Secrets for creating this little monster! If he had a time machine, would he still have interviewed me? I wonder if he even knows the answer to that question. It has truly been a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I suddenly had people wanting to read my rants. A curse because I suddenly had people wanting to read my rants.
How could I forget my favorite reader Ramsey (Dave Ramsey?), “Miles for Family” fan club president. A very small, yet exclusive establishment. He once said I was a sassy broad. Guilty as charged!
Readers, I hope you found my content useful because I’ve worked extremely hard at it. Thank you so very much for sticking around. At some point I might close up shop and go home, but I’m not quite ready to do that yet.
No, “Miles and points for an average family” is not a very sexy niche, but it’s the one that is lacking coverage. It’s also the one that can make the most impact. For many in this hobby, sign-up bonuses are just the icing on the cake. They can afford travel regardless. For regular families, credit card bonuses can mean the difference between taking that dream Europe trip and not taking it. I want you to take it.
My traffic numbers certainly aren’t impressive, especially now that my star post on Chase Sapphire Preferred has inexplicably dropped like a rock in Google ranking. Plus, most families just don’t search for this topic online. And when they do, they find a 100 other blogs before stumbling upon mine.
But where I lack in quantity, I seem to make up for in quality. I sure do have some dedicated readers, and for that I’m grateful. I’ll take a handful of YOU over thousands of Google surfers any day.
At some point in the future, I will focus on updates and specific reader requests. I want my site to solve real problems and not just fill in the space in this industry.
So, let’s start today. I would like you to give me a topic you want me to write about, as well as deals you would like me cover in the future. If you have benefited from my blog in a specific way, please, let me know. I would love to hear from you.
If you are fed up with me and my site and just want both of us to go away, here is your chance to speak up. It will make you feel better, I promise! You might even win a $35 Amazon gift card. How sweet would that be? Last chance to comment and be eligible for a prize will be on Friday at 9 PM Eastern time.
So, friends, enemies, frenemies, haters and trolls. Come on out, don’t be shy!
P.S. For the main dish, check out my guest post on Club Thrifty blog after you comment here. “How Small Business Saturday Made Me Feel Like a Jerk.”
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Leana is the owner and 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.