|TBB Family at DTW on the way to HNL in 2010|
Today marks the three month anniversary since I started blogging. This was my main goal when I started, mission accomplished!
It is also the last daily Buzz blog post for the foreseeable future! I simply can not continue this brutal pace, it is exhausting! I need to tend to my other life which took a very unexpected and unbelievable (positive) turn earlier this week! I simply need to totally focus on that and not have my time occupied by reviewing the numerous travel miles/points blogs to see which ones make the TBB cut!
I am not going away. This blog will be updated about once a week. It will look very different than the format you were accustomed to so far. My intent is to feature amazing blog posts you may have missed and as always give my veteran spin on them and developments in the community. I will also not have the pressure of finishing the Buzz post and may have some time to work on some posts I promised and never had the time to write. I may even look into improving the site design! If I am really bored I may even look to get some affiliate links and throw them up in a separate tab like Frequent Miler does:-) All I know is I will have more time to FOCUS writing for this new gig as the exposure is super huge!
I really enjoyed doing this! In my own way (a few may still call it angry, you be the judge) I tried hard to LIFT the quality level of other bloggers in this community! I never EVER advocated NOT monetizing a blog! I always advocated that bloggers should focus on providing quality and original content and work harder to earn your clicks! Not only that but they should treat you with respect which is NOT inserting affiliate links in every opportunity! Practices such as promoting inferior affiliate credit card links, eye socket attacks with numerous affiliate links in blog posts (I believe the record was 35), no visible disclosure of the present financial relationship, censoring of comments, not disclosing HT where appropriate, and pure bad advice should not be tolerated! Take your mouse and click elsewhere!
And PLEASE PLEASE be careful what you encourage newbies to do. You just can’t take a newbie who never had more than one credit or debit card in his/her life and get them to do a 5 card apporama with over $12k minimum spend ok? Yeah, you will show them how only IF they followed your script. A bunch of BS, you know, life gets in the way like it usually does and some dig their own holes! PLEASE let’s promote some caution instead. Most people are not cut out for this hobby and we all know it! And this is why I despise the current business model…it can be very dangerous and ruin lives and my blogger friends feel obligated to…encourage this practice! And this is the way it is…
Dan at DansDeals has always participated constructively in the comments of this blog. He wrote this comment below which I think it is right on:
“I’m not going to deny being beholden, it frustrates me as much as anyone else. But that’s life in a one income household with kids..
Blogging is NOT easy. You have to be ON almost 24/7. There are always spam comments to delete, emails to answer and of course comments. And of course it is so hard coming up with quality content day in and day out. Well, it was not a problem here at TBB but it was just not sustainable! Be demanding if their venture is for profit…and cut them a little slack here and there, you know, life gets in the way!
BEST OF MILES/POINTS
Bravo to The Points Guy for doing a separate blog post “Best Offer For US Airways Mastercard“.
Keep it up now that I am going away ok? 🙂
Ran into a new blog: The Miles Professor “A former Caltech math professor takes miles and points to the limit”. Some good stuff on Caribbean Travel too. Affiliate links at some point too;-)
Million Mile Secrets interviews Travel Summary. Good stuff.
Frequent Flyer University wrote “Alitalia-Pay for what you get-An airline that would make Berlusconi proud“. This is a warning not to jump on every “deal”! Reading about all the time spent on the phone hurts! It looks like that employee from the Cyprus deal is gone (was it Roberto, Alberto or something else?)
BEST OF TRAVEL
MichaelW Travels has this quirky page with ridiculous street signs
Cacinda blogs at PointsandTravel and wrote “My thoughts on Tourism vs Travel“. I absoluely loved the ending “So my advice to you is “don’t be a tourist, travel more, plan less.” Sometimes we should take the bus, don’t always fly once you get there. I urge you to take a look around and get off the beaten path, go see the world with wonder.” I so agree! And I will have more time to do this now, churn some cards too, yeah;-)
PointChaser continues the series with the Best Club Carlson redemptions: Category 3.
NOT SO BEST OF
To everyone who appeared here before…you deserved it:-) I am watching you, don’t make me come back to do extra posts just for ya, thanks:-)
To all my readers, thank you so much for reading my blog posts every day! I hope I made a difference in your life; if not, at least I hope you had some laughs reading TBB!
See you next week, not sure when. Weekend most likely!