As you know, yesterday, I had the privilege of interviewing Chuck from Doctor of Credit (follow him on Twitter right now, it’s an order!) Anyway, Chuck was kind enough to link to my blog, and here is an interesting comment from one of his readers, as well as my response. I’m not including the name of the person because I’m not sure how he/she would feel about it:
Believe it or not, it didn’t actually make me upset. I mean, sure, I’m not crazy about the word “mediocre.” Correction: Aspiring to be mediocre! And believe me, this post isn’t some sort of a pity party or me looking for validation. If you want to be a miles and points blogger, you better put on your big girl/boy underpants. Honestly, this is nothing compared to what some of my comrades have to endure on a daily basis.
Actually, I choose to look at it as “glass half full”: Someone is reading my rants and apparently, they feel like the blog is improving. And I meant 100% what I said to that commenter. I welcome all feedback even if it’s not flattering. How else can I improve?
One thing I won’t be changing, however, is the direction of my site. Yes, it is an extremely narrow niche, no question. And yes, a lot of my content deals with credit cards. I write about what works for my family, what I believe can work for other families just like mine. I look for simple (and elegant) solutions to problems.
In fact, my whole goal is to make this hobby simpler, more accessible for an average Joe. I want normal families to get excited about miles and points. Maybe not as excited as I am, but I would like for them to enjoy the process of figuring out loyalty programs just as much as travel itself.
I’ll confess, sometimes it feels like an impossible task. Growing my email list has been a HUGE challenge, but I treat each new subscriber as a victory. My blog is very much an oddball in a sea of MS and reselling sites. I don’t claim to be one of them, and if that’s what you are after, my content isn’t for you. Imagine someone commenting on FreequentFlyer and complaining that his posts aren’t very useful for normal middle-class families. It would be laughable, he doesn’t claim for that to be his niche.
You simply can’t be all things to all people when it comes to blogging. I respect the fact that most hobbyists will get nothing out of my posts. I don’t lose sleep over it. I just keep doing my thing, however crazy it is. Thanks for reading!
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.