Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog. Thank you for commenting and sharing you experiences. Thank you for the e-mails — expressions of your own thanks, but also your questions, I love answering them and working through puzzles with you, and I love knowing when I’ve contributed in some way to you.
I’ve said this many times before but I really do consider myself one of the luckiest people, and certainly much more fortunate than I could have ever imagined.
I was a semi-frequent flyer as a young child. My parents divorced when I was young and I flew back and forth between the coasts. I remember boarding planes and looking at first class cabins — not imagining who would pay so much more for the seats, and knowing that i would never be one of those people.
And of course I haven’t ever paid for one of those seats — other than on a mistake fare I haven’t ever purchased an international business or first class ticket. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world, and to do it in the sort of comfort I couldn’t have imagined. I’ve stayed in remarkable places, met remarkable people, and I’ve seen and experienced interesting things — none of which I could even have imagined growing up or at the beginning of my professional life.
I started this blog in 2002 when I was first documenting my own learning. I wasn’t an expert, but I knew more than many, and I did get lots of questions about miles and points and it seemed interesting to people. I knew others who were blogging and I thought I had a unique voice to offer. And yet looking back through the archives of earlier posts I didn’t have much of a voice at all! I’m also deeply shy, which some people can find off-putting when I meet them (thinking that by not being outgoing with them I must not be interested). The written form has allowed me to connect so well with many.
This hobby has enriched my life in so many ways, and I’m very grateful for it.
This blog has, too. In many ways it’s still the same personal blog I first started, I write and share what is interesting to me. Now there are just a whole lot more people reading it, and I appreciate each and every one of you.
I leave the comments section pretty much moderation-free. I’ve only ever asked one person not to participate, and I only delete extremely graphic content and comments that include extraneous personal information about people. That takes a thick skin. This is, after all, the internet. I don’t always have as thick a skin as I should, but I try my best, because each and every comment has something to teach me or challenge me. And certainly the positive feedback touches me deeply.
So thank you. Thank you. I look forward to continuing to share this journey together, and I appreciate this opportunity to reflect — and to acknowledge.
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