At last, a promised giveaway! But don’t get too excited because I’ll make you work for it. Plus, the amount is rather small: only $30. But I really hope you guys take a few minutes to answer several questions and provide feedback.
Here is the deal. When you have a personal blog, you can just write whatever you darn please. This, in fact, has been my approach even though I’m trying to turn this site into a viable business. In a way, it helped me connect with readers. I constantly hear from you in the emails that you feel like I’m not hiding anything (which I don’t). I believe honesty is the best policy, as cliche’ as it sounds.
Something I’ve realized, however, is that not every crazy thought of mine needs to be published. A little “crazy” might be OK, but in the end, what readers are looking for is a way to benefit their own lives. They (you?) are not here for narcissistic rants or fights with other bloggers. I’m determined to be a “no drama lama” (hat tip to Instagram account with the same name). I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve made a lot of mistakes in this area, but there is no point in dwelling on the past.
To quote the lyrics from a song by artist Pink:
“Made a wrong turn
Once or twice
Dug my way out
Blood and fire
Welcome to my silly life…
Always second guessing
Look I’m still around”
Ok, it wasn’t quite so dramatic, but still!
It’s hard to think of my content as some sort of commodity, but that’s exactly what it is. It either meets the needs of my target readership or it doesn’t. Very simple. But, but, but… I put my heart and soul into it (weeps). Yes, I really do. But sometimes it’s good to take emotion out of it and pay attention to what readers think of this blog. Because, really, that’s all that matters.
In many ways, this site is still very much a start-up despite being around for over three years. Monetization has been a huge challenge and credit card affiliate program is like a house of cards. Meaning it could fall apart tomorrow.
We don’t have any ads, so traffic itself is not the goal. It’s what happens to that traffic. Nancy and I hope to provide useful resource you can depend on, something you can apply to your life right away. So when the time comes to choose whose affiliate link you want to use, we hope Miles For Family will be at the top of the list. It’s an ambitious goal, no doubt, because there are many useful blogs out there already. But if one doesn’t have goals, they are not going to make any progress in blogging or elsewhere.
As readers, you have many choices, and we are fully aware that we have to earn each credit card click, comment and email. Above all, we hope you view us as friends and not just businesswomen, and this blog as a fun place to hang out rather than salesy/sleazy credit card link factory. I know I speak for Nancy when I say that this site is primarily a labor of love because we are both more than a little obsessed with miles and points.
It’s a great joy when someone shares their vacation photos or tells me how this hobby has enriched their life. Not a week goes by that I don’t get an email thanking me for the site. Say what?! It makes me think we are doing something right. That said, there is always room for improvement.
With that, here are a few questions I want to ask:
1) What type of posts of ours’ do you find most/least useful? (credit card reviews, trip reports, personal stories, news items etc.)
2) Do you feel the amount of content we publish is overwhelming, scarce or just right?
3) Would you like us to focus more on news items and deals, like maybe adding another round-up each week?
You can also suggest a topic you would like us to cover plus any additional thoughts, but it’s not required. It’s impossible to be all things to all people, but I hope we can detect some sort of a pattern. Warning! If you hate my site right now, it’s unlikely that you will love it in a near future. I can’t change my writing style, sense of humor and all the quirky things that make Miles For Family site what it is today. I can pivot it somewhat, but at its core it will still reflect my personality. Sorry but not sorry.
I do want to apologize for all the misspelled words you have to witness on a regular basis. Believe it or not, I read my posts a few times before publishing them, but a few errors still slip through somehow. Writing can be quite draining, and by the end of it my mind turns to mush. Actually, it became that way after I had kids…
So, the last chance to comment and be eligible for the prize is Tuesday, September 27th at 9 AM Eastern. Please, take the time to give your two cents but remember, no profanity is allowed. Oh, and I assure you, I’m not looking for anyone to “massage” my ego. Whether comment is positive or not will have absolutely no bearing on the outcome. I will, as always, use random number generator.
Thanks in advance!
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.