I have just tendered my resignation from Flyertalk’s member-elected TalkBoard, on which I’ve served since 2003 (and as its President since 2005). I’ve also resigned as a moderator, I’ve moderated in the MilesBuzz forum since early 2003 and as a senior moderator since the beginning of that program.
I have nothing negative to say about Flyertalk. Sure, there are things that I’d do differently there, but given the role I’ve held on Flyertalk for the past several years anything that I think is wrong — whether I could have changed it or not — I have to take a certain responsibility for. After Randy Petersen its founder, and after the current Community Director, if anyone is responsible for things I have to raise my hand. (I wouldn’t take credit for any of the positives, that goes entirely to the members.)
My reason is simple. Randy Petersen, the founder of Flyertalk, is getting back into the travel community space. And I’ve decided to put my energies and online attentions to joining in building his new community. You’ll be hearing a great deal more about it in this space in the coming weeks.
It was a difficult decision because of what Flyertalk has meant to me, and continues to mean to me, but I’m excited by the prospect of joining Randy’s new site. Everything that I’ve learned about travel I’ve learned as a part of a community that he created, and the idea of creating ex-nihilo a new community that learns from all of the efforts of the past decade, that has the potential to build from a new technology platform the friendliest, most welcoming travel community online — with great, organized, easy to access information — is a compelling proposition.
And of course I have no desire to poke anyone in the eye. Internet Brands, which now owns Flyertalk, will no doubt see this effort as competition. To me, it’s about doing what I can to help my friend Randy, for whom I have the utmost respect. And mostly it’s about helping travelers to improve their lives on the road and at home, to make the most out of their miles and points and meet their goals. That’s why I blog here, and it’s why I go online each day .. still on Flyertalk just as a member, but over the next few weeks you’ll see Randy’s new community and that’s where you’ll find me most often.
I’ll share things here on my blog that I wouldn’t write on Flyertalk, because it’s not my intention to use that site to promote another. At the same time, it’s really about building a new community and it has not much at all to do with Flyertalk. I hope that with enough hard work and passion, the next decade in the new community will be even more rewarding than the last decade has been for me.