On My Blogging Hiatus

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    If you’ve been following my blog, you probably noticed that I went from posting about 5x per week to not at all for a couple of months. There are a couple of reasons for this.

    First, posting to a blog regularly is a pretty sizable time commitment. I’d estimate that I spent a minimum of 10 hours a week coming up with content. Given that I have a full-time job that often has crazy hours (80 hours per week isn’t unheard of, although that’s thankfully no longer the norm), I increasingly started to view this blog as a burden rather than something that I did for my pure enjoyment of it. I also make approximately $0 from this blog (I think I may have made some money from it VERY indirectly, but that’s another story), so it’s not like there’s any monetary incentive to keep on posting.

    Second, and perhaps more importantly, there just wasn’t that much in the miles and points world that I was excited about. Flying first class is fun and all, but there’s something strange about chasing products or these “luxury” experiences when really most people just try to replicate the experiences they’ve read about on blogs (I find it hilarious how certain bloggers can propagate descriptive words or terms that aren’t particularly apt). I’m completely guilty of the onslaught of over-reviewed travel products (Lufthansa/Thai/Cathay Pacific First Class and the Conrad Koh Samui? how unoriginal), but there’s honestly not that much original content out there any more (Travel is Free is a notable exception–go read them!) anyway, so I don’t feel that bad since at least I’m not pumping credit cards (or pumping anti-pumping rhetoric).

    Anyway, I’m now joining Prior2Boarding, which is an outcrop of BoardingArea. Effectively, this means that I should be making approximately $3 per month via ads (sorry!), but it also means that this blog won’t cost me anything out of pocket to maintain. A side effect of this transition is that I’m going to give this blogging thing another good try, so expect more regular posts once again (cue cheers). Yes, there will still be 30-part trip reports as it’s good for SEO (I also honestly find other people’s trip reports helpful–although maybe not the thousandth LH F report), but I’ll try to be more interesting than just that. And by interesting, I mean expect more ranting, less censorship, and of course, lots of over-entitled millennial BS.

    As always, I appreciate any thoughts or feedback. Comment here, or email me at efficientasianman at gmail dot com.

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