We’ve got big news, folks! This week, Miles For Family is joining the BoardingArea network of travel blogs. We are very excited about this new chapter!
I’ve been reading many of the blogs in the BoardingArea network for years, and I have a lot of respect for the writers. I am honored that Miles For Family will be joining the network.
What does this mean? For me, I won’t have to worry about dealing with hosting, network updates and the technical stuff that I dread. Experts will help us with the blog’s appearance and the behind-the-scenes stuff so that I can spend more time creating content that meets the needs of our readers. Our articles will reach new readers, and we can continue to grow the blog’s audience and sustain as a viable small business.
As part of this change, we will be joining BoardingArea’s advertising network, which means we will have another income source besides our credit card affiliate links. (I’ve updated How This Blog Makes Money to reflect that change). Speaking of affiliate links, BoardingArea is not involved with our affiliate links at all and we will continue to have autonomy over those. We will still recommend credit cards outside of our affiliate network if they are better deals than the ones in our affiliate network.
Don’t worry, our focus and content will remain independent. We still control our content, and we won’t be forced to cover certain topics we don’t want to cover. Our reviews will still be unbiased, and we won’t sugar coat anything to protect a brand. That’s not our style!
When I joined the Miles For Family team a few years ago, it was a dream come true for me. I had done a variety of part-time jobs since quitting my corporate job after bringing home my second son, but writing for a travel blog has definitely been my favorite job and an awesome second career!
One of my favorite things about writing for Miles For Family has been interacting with you, the readers. You’ve shared your triumphs and frustrations about this miles and points travel hobby with us. Our community of readers and commenters has been so nice and supportive of us, and for that I am very grateful. On other blogs, I often see rude comments and hecklers, so it’s been nice to have our own respectful corner of the internet over these past few years. Thank you, readers!
I hope you will continue to read and support Miles For Family as we grow and develop in the BoardingArea network.
A note from Leana (the original founder of the blog):
When Nancy first asked me for my thoughts on joining BoardingArea network, I immediately told her that this is a big break for Miles For Family site. It will allow us to reach bigger audience while still retaining independence. A win-win, for sure. I have never seen any BoardingArea blogger say anything negative about the network, including those who chose to move on for one reason or another. That’s a sign of a healthy partnership.
I have a ton of respect for Randy Petersen, who founded Flyertalk, as well as BoardingArea. He must be doing something right because most of the projects seem to thrive under his leadership. I have sent a personal note thanking him for this incredible opportunity. I won’t quote his entire (gracious) response, but one line stood out to me. He told me it has been a privilege for him to support bloggers over the years. I don’t know Randy personally (he protested when I called him Mr. Petersen!), but I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of that statement.
To haters of BoardingArea: I want to reiterate something I’ve said a long time ago. It’s simply a platform to showcase blogs, not some evil conglomerate meant to swallow unbiased content and rob you of deals. Think of it as a market where folks rent stalls to “sell” their wares. Don’t like what one particular merchant is selling? Move on to see what the other guy/gal is offering. No need for drama or angry rants. Plus, all the information is free. To fellow merchants (aka BA bloggers): we come in peace and look forward to working with you all.
So, I gave my blessing to Nancy without hesitation. She will be primarily running the “show”, though I will most definitely still be involved by contributing posts, answering emails and running behind-the-scenes projects. Like Nancy, I want to thank all the readers because without you we wouldn’t get this amazing opportunity.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.