We are taking a deep dive into the Miles and Points Blogs with a post researching the attrition rate and stuff like that, I hope you enjoy it.
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And now for something different. This is aimed to the core of my readership, the advanced miles and points addict. For the others, you can skip if you want today.
For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while you know I have been watching this miles and points travel hacking space from its very beginning. I was doing Tahiti for free before both The Points Guy and Million Mile Secrets were in middle school. Heck, One Mile at a Time was still in diapers! View from the Wing was railing against the TSA…oh wait, he still does that 🙂
Almost all bloggers have done the Friday interview at the Million Mile Secrets website. Some time ago, a reader mentioned that it will be fun for someone to dig into the data and see how many of these blogs are still alive. So, in my ever going moronic conquest to fight on to become the only GOOD (no sellout) Titan blogger, I thought, aha! I do have a daughter who is not doing much in the summer and I can put her to work! So this post is due to her you guys, it cost me two concert tickets to see her favorite artist, The Weekend. I thought she was telling me to go to the concert over a weekend until I realized the name of the artist is “The Weeknd “. WTF, that is messed up. Oh today’s youth I guess.
So she went through every single blog interview and created a worksheet. I had her write down if that blog is alive, if it regularly updated (current) and, if not, write down the number of posts in 2017 so you get an idea. Also, try to get the date of the last post if possible.
You can see/download the file after clicking on THIS LINK (Google Sheet file WITH some of my incendiary commentary!)
For the record, I have NOT done an interview there. As you know, Million Mile Secrets is a charter member in the now infamous TBB Blogs To Ignore list. I am not going to do things just for the clicks, I have some principles! I am not going to assist in the charade of answering the same questions (never changed!), give this commercial blog business free content while staff insert a bunch of credit card affiliate links in MY answers and then kiss ass for “the opportunity”. All for the clicks. Just not my thing okay? I am weird.
All data is as of August 11, 2017
304 interviews since the first one that appeared on July 13, 2011.
Not all 304 interviews were all own blogs. Some were of writers writing for the same blogs, we have a few travel related businesses, we even have an interview of a loyal TBB reader (I have forgiven him for his sin, we all make mistakes you guys) and of course we had several moves in the data set.
296 distinct blogs interviews
106 dead blogs
93 current (regularly updated) blogs
97 alive (NOT regularly updated) blogs
Only the current blogs are updated on a regular basis, if not daily. Travel Blogger Buzz would be classified as “current”. Probably to move to alive status in the near future, enjoy it while it lasts!
Dead blogs are just dead. 35% of the blogs interviewed died. This is a very high attrition rate! Are you sure you want to start a blog?
The alive blogs are, well, alive. But some of them are barely alive. I bet some of them are pretty much dead and won’t add any posts going forward. Of course, there are more alive (and current) blogs in recent times. As time goes by, many blogs just…die. It is amazing the blog you are reading right NOW is still standing, high five!
And I leave you with this…When I accidentally click on RenesPoints
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