I started this blog almost exactly four years ago with a completely different goal than what it ended up becoming. It started out of a sense of frustration that there were so many blogs dedicated to points and miles, but each one just repeated the same exact stuff the good bloggers came up with or wrote about first (if this sounds familiar, it’s because the problem has actually gotten worse). My goal was to summarize the day’s or week’s news into just the post you needed to read.
Eventually I took the attitude of “if you want something done right, do it yourself” and started writing my own content. I found it to be fun and enjoyed the comments and conversation some of my posts started. Some of my posts even became popular enough that my blog became somewhat mainstream at some point, though never close to the same level as the “titan” bloggers.
At some point I also made the move from being self-hosted to being a part of BoardingArea. I think that choice was a good one in theory, but during the transition there was a significant technical issue that completely destroyed all the traffic and search engine visibility I had created for myself. Instead of my traffic increasing as I joined BoardingArea, my traffic took a nose dive and never recovered.
That was discouraging for me because I know many of my posts were very useful to many people, and being de-listed from search engines meant that barely anyone would see them again. Basically, I had put in a lot of hours to write content that would rarely be seen again. That’s wasn’t a great feeling.
Most of you also know that over the last couple of years I started to write a few posts on Travel Codex (which is also a part of BoardingArea). That blog was always one of my favorites because it was one of the few that did not regurgitate the same old content — rather, it was almost always original and well-reasoned material. It didn’t use affiliate links in a way I thought was irresponsible (and in fact, it doesn’t even have any right now that I’m aware of). Scott (who runs Travel Codex) has also always been extremely helpful to me, giving me useful (and unsolicited) advice about my blog. In fact Scott was the one who pointed out to me the reason that my blog’s traffic was destroyed (basically, it was being mirrored on two domains making it look like a duplicate).
At some point Scott also offered to have me as a writer for guest posts on his blog. This was an interesting thought to me – his blog had much more traffic than mine, so my posts on his blog would actually end up being useful because people would be able to find and read the material. But it also meant giving up, in a way, on my own blog. I didn’t want to do that either, not after so many years of hard work. Then the opportunity to move my entire blog and post history to Travel Codex became available, and that made the decision even more difficult.
The only reason I could think of to keep Travel Summary alive was my pride — it means something to be able to say I have my own blog (at least it does to me). It was cool to me. But pride isn’t enough, so I’ve decided that it’s time to make the move. I started this blog because there was too much noise, and keeping it alive only adds to that problem. Plus my old content is barely getting seen right now anyway, so a move to Travel Codex would only help those posts get more views to help more people (which is my goal as a writer).
I hope you’ll join me at Travel Codex, where you’ll be able to find not only all my past and future content, but also a ton of other content from great writers that I truly respect.
You can find all my posts at: http://www.travelcodex.com/author/travelsummary/.