It is time for my blog to evolve again…People change when they reach their threshold of pain…This is going to be long. I am doing a brain dump in a sense. It could veer right or left. Or whatever…I like to do this type of posts once in a while, they make me feel better. Having a blog that is updated regularly acts like a therapist and it is…freeeeee! So, buckle up!
TBB Blog Mission: To Educate. Entertain. Inspire. In That Order!
Support TBB by applying for CREDIT CARDS, shopping with our AMAZON AFFILIATE LINK & clicking our REFERRAL LINKS
The blog is not folding yet but I am taking some major steps to reduce the time I spend on it. Call this factor the denominator. The nominator is what the blog earns. Never forget that in the nominator belong the psychic rewards I get, the therapist bills I do not have to pay, some tax savings,
the groupies, etc. As it is not going to get any better it appears on the nominator, I had this awesome idea come to me in the shower to work on the denominator! #Brilliant
When I started my blog almost six years ago (which just blows my mind in a sea of dead blogs out there!) I was following almost 700 blogs in Google Reader. Well, Google killed that awesome product so I migrated to Feedly. And I have had a few purges in the past six years. Went from 700 to 600 to 500 to 400. I was around that number and then during last week I went on another mega purge! Current count: 249. I can live with that for now! I will NOT let this number go over 250 in the future!
What does this mean going forward? Well, one thing for sure it means, I am spending less time on Feedly silly! Okay, how does this translate to the TBB blog product? I am glad you asked, let me explain:
Posts will likely be shorter.
Posts will be more eclectic. Meaning, something must be really high quality and must fit the eternal TBB blog mission to the T. Not sure how this T expression came about but this is not the place to ponder about such things okay?
It may mean that some days I may find just a few worthy things that made the cut. In other days, it may be close to the length of regular Buzz posts. I don’t know! We shall see, we will evolve together. I guess.
After blowing more than 150 blogs on this latest Feedly purge…I then went on a major Unfollow spree on Twitter. It is great, I highly recommend it. The Unfollow purge is ongoing. Bonus: Use the Block feature on anyone who turns your stomach, you never see ANYTHING from them again, it is VERY healthy!
I also quit the NFL. Too many concussions. And brain injuries. And former players blowing their brains out. No more watching games, no more being depressed about how the Detroit Lions can suck so bad, no more wasting time on Twitter talking about games, etc. I am DONE. No regrets!
With daughter now driving I have more time. And I am focusing it on more important things in my life. One of them is health of course. Getting back into running after suffering a calf strain recently. So far so good, we shall see. Spending time in the gym lifting weights too. If I could only stop grilling meat 🙂 Maybe I open up my regular job to accept new clients again in…2020. No rush…
I will focus on redesigning and just redoing the Blog Review pages. Deletions and additions are coming. My blog will focus even more on helping AUTHENTIC and ETHICAL blogs who deserve more support.
I may even have time to continue Trip Reports but definitely do not bank on this one. They are incredibly time consuming!
When the credit card links are taken away due to lack of clicks…the blog will evolve again. We will see when this happens. It may even come down to a once a week Best of Web post. We address it then.
Completely shut it down? I don’t see it. This blog is in my blood now, I can’t see myself without it. I will just keep working on the denominator. Or I get bored one day. Which amazingly has not happened yet. Don’t get me wrong. The travel hacking “hobby” has become boring but my blog never focused 100% on that alone. That was a wise move it appears.
If you have something important to say and it meets the blog mission lets talk about you doing a guest post. I am always open to it. If it can help readers why not? And it gives me some breathing space! Make no mistake, not having to scroll through 150+ blogs have given me valuable breathing space. Which will directly lead to less whining!
I have never ever considered shutting down the blog comments. But I may be more hands on just in case emotions take over or something. Keep it civil and respectful please, thank you.
I appreciate all feedback. Just keep it respectful, that’s all I ask. Please refrain from doing things that cross my line: 1) Stop saying you never click on affiliate links, the lifeline of bloggers. You can read for free and comment for free, just don’t say it as others will think it is cool! 2) No racist/misogynist crap, EVER! 3) No calling names! If you call someone a sad man/lame/hypocrite/c*nt, all in less than 24 hours, you have crossed the line PERIOD!
I am shutting down the TBB Instagram account. This was always daughter’s project as she is interested in Business and Digital Marketing she says. She learned from this experience that…you just need to be relentlessly disciplined in online work (like her dad). And I learned that I never really liked Instagram in the first place as I have enough places to say stuff and post pictures! I am sticking with my two Twitter accounts and personal Facebook page. And that’s it pretty much. Sorry for the experiment. Keep learning. And keep focusing!
I am going to rely more on you sending me links that you think may be TBB worthy and could help fellow readers. If you think I am posting many lefty political stuff, please send me worthy righty things I should read. I LOVE reading, I think that is obvious by now. I make the final call. I have very high standards, what can I say?
I have no intentions of adding advertisements in my blog.
I have no intention of joining Boarding Area. I probably should as all whining about monetizing will cease but, you know, I LOVE being independent. It is PRICELESS!
This blog shifted away from a focus on being a miles and points blog critic a while ago. Because, as the blog landscape has changed and the “hobby” has steadily cratered, it should not take a rocket scientist to realize what these blogs excel at (credit card sales!). This page will remain as a Public Service Announcement. I feel really sad for the newbie who thinks he/she is getting objective advice from these businesses. Oh well, suckers born and stuff like that…
I am also open to any ideas you may have about my blog. Anything goes!
Do you want to write for it regularly? Sticking to the mission and remaining quality minded and ethical? And not having a salary at the beginning?…Take a cut of the obscene profits, yes you can! Think long term 🙂 I am obviously joking. I think. You can surprise me.
If you want to buy my blog, I just want you to know that I already have an offer. From Ingy for $100. I refused it and will hold out for more! Because I am so greedy and have spent so much time on my blog “business model” lol. But feel free to change my mind lol2.
I am also thinking another evolution may be to kill the Sunday posts and just stay away for the weekends. And do the Best of Web posts as I accumulate enough links and blast them out on a weekday. We shall see.
I don’t do sponsored posts. Feel free to change my mind on this too.
That’s all for now. Thank you for reading and being part of my blog.
Support blogs you enjoy reading!
Je suis TBB and I travel for free! Just made that up, nice!
Keeping it real…To infinity and beyond!
And I leave you with this…
Follow TBB on Twitter @FlyerTalkerinA2.
You can subscribe to TBB below, winners only!
Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.