Dear Readers: My 5 Promises To You Entering 2019
If I am being honest I don’t think of New Year’s day as a holiday and actually despise it a little bit. And not because it is when all of the part time drinkers go out (along with St Paddy’s Day). I kind of despise it because it really isn’t anything at all. The calendar changes but nothing in our life really does, well except messing up the year for the first few weeks on checks and stuff. Yes we do still have checks!
After laying all of this out for you I am going to be cliche and give you, the readers, my New Year’s resolutions of sorts as a member of the Miles to Memories team. My purpose in sharing them is because I want to make sure you know where I stand and have since the beginning.
My Promises To You
My Advice Will Be The Best I Can Give
My first promise is that I will only give you the advice that I would follow myself. I look to make a long term relationship here. I want to share ideas back and forth so that we both grow. My advice may not always be what is best for you because everyone’s situation is different but if you share your parameters I can adjust my advice to fit. This goes hand in hand with promise 3. I will also make mistakes because I am human. That is why it is I promise to give the best advice I can give instead of my advice will always be right.
I Will Not Be Smug or Condescending
Smugness, arrogance, and condescension runs rampant in this space unfortunately. It comes from bloggers, Flyertalk posters, Facebook Group posters and readers alike. Just spend a few minutes on Twitter and you will see. If you want to fly coach and travel domestically then do it, there is nothing wrong with it!
I am not here because I know it all. In fact there are many of you out there that know more than me. I am simply here to share my thoughts and get your thoughts in return. Together we can come up with better solutions to the same problems than we could working on them separately.
I come to you humbly and with great gratitude that you share this ride with me. That is one of the main things that drew me to Miles to Memories as a reader. It was Shawn’s honesty, integrity, and his experience to go along with his writing skills that made me a fan. He is one of the most humble people I have met and anyone who has met him knows what I say is true.
I am human though and if you troll I may leave a little salt in my response, as much as I try to resist doing it :).
If You Leave A Comment I Will Respond
I try to respond to every comment, email, Facebook message or mention I can. So far I think I get to most of them. Some will slip through the cracks but please know it is because I probably didn’t see it. If you take the time to comment then I will repay that kindness with a response. It is my favorite part of the job, well most of the time :). Nothing was more frustrating to me than reading a blog, commenting, and never hearing back.
I Will Write About What I Find Interesting
I think this is a key to success and putting out a good product. If I am interested in it I will be more engaged and enthusiastic about it. Sometimes this strays away from travel focused things and I hope you take that journey with me. It is also why I rarely write about cash travel, cash deals, or Elite status. They don’t really interest me, I am in this to travel on a shoe string budget :). Plus that is what Bethany is here for, she is great at covering that stuff!
I Like To Have Fun
The last promise to you is more of an explanation. I want to have fun in almost everything I do. Without joy what is the point? Because of that a lot of my writing has some sarcasm in it – especially my titles. That is unfortunately where my humor lies, in sarcasm. That isn’t always easy to pick up if you haven’t interacted with me or read much of my work. I think people who are in our Facebook Group or come to the meet ups understand that better than anyone. I encourage you to join us in both of these areas because they are fun and more of a community atmosphere than simply reading the blog. They go well together and we end up talking about posts, topics, and ideas more in depth in the Facebook Group.
Well this ended up being more of a novel then I had anticipated but it comes from the heart. As always thank you for taking the time to read it, I hope it speaks to you in some way. And have a Happy New Year, even though it isn’t really a thing ;).