Many of the emails I get with questions contain notes of thanks. I usually delete those parts when I post questions and answers on the blog. Since I do post many of my media appearances, folks probably wouldn’t know it but I’m fairly bashful about such things.
But I do like to share what really means a lot to me — hearing someone that reads the blogs, uses the advice, and finds that their travel is made meaningfully better as a result.
So a note I just got from reader Bradley was especially appreciated,
I stumbled on your blog and became educated on award travel. Followed some suggestions, got some credit cards, did some modifications to my online shopping and bill paying and SHAZAM.
I just flew Washington DC to Phuket, Thailand first class on US Airways, Cathay Pacific and Dragon Air. Booked my return in business class. I’m hooked on banking some miles for future travel.
All in all it was not that hard. I am 6’5 and those 16 hours on Cathay [Pacific in first class] were heaven, HEAVEN. I’m now managing my parents’ accounts so they can come visit. Your advice, updates and trip reviews are my new travel porn.
I write on the internet so there are a large number of critics. I welcome all opinions in the comments (I tend to find the way opinions are expressed says more about the person commenting than anything else) and I try not to take even the harshest ones personally.
I try to learn from criticism, although some criticism is offered more constructively than others, and although my goal isn’t to please readers per se as much as to write what I care about and what interests me. I’ve loved and am hugely fortunate that others find it interesting enough to read.
I take sharply increasing visits to the site as some indication that readers value the content, but it’s still nice to hear sometimes. Bradley’s comments are exactly the kind of thing that’s kept me going for more than 13 years. So thank you!