Note to self – perhaps it’s time I mark August 3rd on the calendar. On this day in 2006, I penned my very first blog post, thoughtfully entitled, My first blog…. 🙂 I thought I’d celebrate this milestone by looking at a couple of stats since August 3, 2006.

  • Number of posts – 2,155
  • Number of comments – Somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 (lost some stats in a site change so it’s hard to say for sure)
  • Number of times I thought about quitting – 0

In that 8 years, I hope I’ve turned a few people onto cruise vacations, helped someone out on their travel journey, or answered some question that was meaningfully useful to a reader. I know I have learned a lot from readers and fellow bloggers. I often tell people that ask that I started the blog as a venting mechanism from a writing intensive day job. I suppose there’s a modicum of truth to that, but the real reason was that I just wanted to document the journey. I’ve said this before, but this is not a miles and points blog, and it is not lost on me that the blog resides in a space where the art of the miles and points game is just as important, if not more so, than the joy of the journey. But hey…you don’t need me telling you what you already know.

Many thanks to Randy Petersen and the great folks at BoardingArea for allowing me to do what I do. I’m humbled to be a part of the BoardingArea team. But most of all, thank you for reading MJ on Travel.

-MJ, August 3, 2014

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