We take a stroll through the TBB comments of the past week and pick some favorites, enjoy!
Obviously, if you have been following all the great fun we have at the comments feel free to skip the post.
I added my own comments in [brackets] for additional clarification and bold font for emphasis.
First, a few pics that never made it in the past week:
iahphx: “Repeatedly threatened with legal action”? Jeez, there are some people in this business who need to take a chill pill. And read the First Amendment. If your blog was “illegal,” there sure wouldn’t be too many movie critics out there. [Long Live Siskel & Ebert AND the 1st Amendment! ]
September 20-22, 2013: Free land, Ryan Air, Bank Reconsideration Numbers, Travel Magic 2013, Military Money Manual & more Buzzzzz
ABC: MMS is hiring two folks to run the business (=> same size as TPG). I can’t help but wonder how much a “top” blog makes in commission. Full time employee + benefits, you’re looking at $150k+ in a year for two. ~1000+ Chase affiliate applications in a year….. is probably viable for the top 10 blogs. Still, there is nothing proprietary. A writer can easily defect and start their own blog. Or just turn the blog into a “TFG” (what has IB’s return of investment been?). BTW Chase cards “aren’t” churnable in the classical sense => repeat business is tougher and I don’t see any new Chase products on the horizon (Chase is the gold standard when it comes to commission). Prepare yourself for greater CC push, MMS will have lots of bills to pay. Best of luck! [An excellent dialogue followed this about the economics of this
Spencer (of Military Money Manual): But I’ve already got the family and career I want, so now it’s time to become financially independent in the next 14 years Thanks for the shout out. You’re quite right about the points/mile crowd of bloggers just continuing to pump their referral links. As I begin to write about earning points and miles for official government travel, I’m going to ensure that I don’t just become another miles blog pimping my credit card links. [Hope it's true, we heard this many times before ]
Steve: Here are the top comments from FTG’s blog over the pasts week:
Steve: So how many bloggers will use the Southwest devaluation as an excuse to push the SW credit card
Amazingly positive exchanges between Drew (of Travel is Free), TJ, Andrew (of Lenticular Travel), me and others about Drew’s blog post about Bora Bora. This is what is all about and how we can all benefit from open and respective dialogue! KennyB added: I just wanna say thanks to TBB for having a forum that makes this back and forth possible, as it makes some of my favorite blogs better. [Thanks, I agree! ]
GMB: The photographer of the stranger in the streets of Santiago photo works at a bar a few blocks from my apartment. How random. [This just amazes me, what a small world!]
September 25 – 26, 2013 – Budapest, Boeing 787, Patagonia, Aeroplan, CLC Lodging, Etihad, Le Club, Nordic MegaDo & lots more!
Well, I didn’t find any that clearly stood out so I will repost here the excerpt from Efficient Asian Man‘s blog post about traveling in coach:
“Flying coach helps cultivate gratitude just because it’s such a crappy experience that you can’t do anything except expect nothing;… I don’t think I’d be able to cultivate this same gratitude if I were always flying in business or first, and it’s also easy to forget how to be grateful for these other things if you’re always reading other people’s trip reports about constantly flying in business or first.”
Both pics above are from thechive.com