Blog changes, an introduction, and the flu

I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to blog full-time.  When I started the Frequent Miler blog in 2011 it never even occurred to me that I could make money blogging, let alone make enough to live off of.  In 2012, though, I made the leap (with a little push from my then-boss, see: Up in the air) from a long term corporate job to full time blogger.  Since then, I’ve consistently earned enough from this blog to keep going.  How awesome is that?

The thing that is not obvious to most is that the life of a full time blogger isn’t 90% drinking daiquiris on the beach and 10% blogging from coffee shops.  Instead, I’ve found myself working day and night and weekends on the blog and blog-related activities.  I’m not complaining – I wouldn’t trade this “job” for the world – I’m just pointing out that it’s more work than it appears.

To make matters worse, I keep finding ways to add to my workload.  Early on, I setup the Frequent Miler Laboratory which is great, but requires active maintenance.  About a year and a half ago I added Quick Deals as a new feature and set it up with its own subscription channel so as not to deluge those who prefer to stick with reading just my regular posts.  And, of course, I developed a number of pages and resources that all require regular attention (e.g. Transfer Partner Master List, Best Signup Offers, Best Category Bonuses, Best options for buying MasterCard and Visa gift cards, the complete guide to Amex gift cards, etc.)

To cut down on my work load, as I’ve previously reported, Julian (author also of “Devil’s Advocate”) is writing his once a week “Bet You Didn’t Know” series.  See: Devil’s Advocate stolen and unmasked.  That has helped a lot, but I still find myself getting further and further behind on things I want to accomplish….

Introducing Shawn Coomer

If you look closely at the bottom of recent Quick Deals posts or this morning’s “Week in Review” post, you’ll see the following:

Posted by Shawn Coomer – Frequent Miler Staff

Shawn is author of another Boarding Area blog, Miles to Memories.  I’ve enjoyed reading Shawn’s blog for a while now and I’ve noticed that he and I often published very similar posts about the same deals.  I asked him recently if he would like a job working for me part time.  Luckily for me, he accepted.

Shawn will continue to write his own blog, but will also do the following for the Frequent Miler blog:

  • Write many/most Quick Deal posts
  • Help update and maintain Frequent Miler resources: Laboratory, Best category bonuses, etc.
  • Write a Saturday Week in Review post which basically summarizes and links to each of the Frequent Miler posts for the past week.  Going forward we expect to add other posts of note from around the web.
  • Write a Sunday “Deals still kicking” post (not sure what this will be named yet).  The idea is to summarize deals that have been published that are still available and make clear the end dates of each one.
  • Answer blog questions, particularly for the Quick Deals posts that he has written
  • Miscellaneous other tasks

 

The flu derailed plans

This past week, I’ve been laid up in bed with the flu (I’m mostly better now though, thanks).  I had planned to write a post like this one introducing Shawn before he started, but my fever, chills, coughing, and so forth led me instead to contact Shawn to see if he could start early.  Fortunately for me, he jumped right in and was a huge help!  Thanks to Shawn, we published a number of terrific Quick Deals that wouldn’t have happened without him on the team.

Going forward

By adding Shawn to the mix, I expect to have more time to work on my daily blog posts.  I want to be clear: with the addition of Shawn to the team, I will write as much or more than before for my daily blog.  My schedule has long been to put out one post every weekday (not counting Quick Deal posts).  At a minimum, that will continue.  I’m stressing this point because I want readers to understand that my goal with all of this is to write better posts, and likely more posts. 

Feedback

Please let me know what you think of the changes I’ve initiated here.  Better yet, wait a few weeks to see how things turn out, then comment below.  My goal, which is fully shared by Shawn and Julian, is to produce the best blog possible for our readers.  If we’re not doing that, we’d love to hear suggestions for improvement.

About Greg The Frequent Miler

Greg is the owner, founder, and primary author of the Frequent Miler. He earns millions of points and miles each year, mostly without flying, and dedicates this blog to teaching others how to do the same.

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  1. […] Blog changes, an introduction and the flu  –  Frequent Miler    Well, at press time the site was down. Apparently, several BA sites were down. So I am adding the link here and hopefully by the time you read it it will be up! Main development is that the Miles To Memories blogger was hired by Frequent Miler to help out to free up FM to concentrate on better writing. I scratch my head, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am not blogging full time and certainly my blog is not a meaningful revenue source by any stretch of imagination. So I don’t get the business side of this at all, never really tried in a meaningful way, my life is busy enough and fulfilling as it is. But I still don’t get why a blogger will NOT work on his own brand now that he made it to the BA front page and instead focus energies on improving another blog brand? Oh, it is the money I guess. I guess I am just too wild and original to be part of any network. Or I just like to bitch how my site brought in $1.32 all day Sunday   Or how I still can’t get over the mental hurdle that this hobby is a game to me still…When the banks stop paying and you need  to get back to the business world will these skills writing about travel and deals and stuff like that help you keep up? Is this whole thing a bubble? Ok, don’t answer that….before you see all the blogs in my Feedly list lol. […]

Comments

  1. Congratulations on the ability to make this change, Greg – I think Shawn’s a pretty natural fit. You’re one of the few bloggers I actually miss if you miss a day, so i’m looking forward to reading even more of the good stuff!

  2. I am excited to see what else you’ll be able to do on the site with a little bit more time. It seems like a pretty common thing among bloggers from all walks of life that as their sites grow they find themselves spending more time on maintenance and less time on the stuff that they enjoyed in the first place! Glad you’re able to get back to some of that.

  3. I think we will all benefit from you having more time to write posts. I really enjoy the new Friday posts from Julian and making sure the Quick Deals get out quickly–only benefits your readers. Keep up the good work and glad you are feeling better. The flu is taking down a lot of people right now.

  4. Did you get a flu shot?

    What is the best card to get a category bonus on flu shots? I’m thinking Costco Amex? Target Redbird? Hilton Surpass at CVS?

  5. This sounds like a great plan. … You must change as your circulation grows.
    Fantastic blog.
    I have been enjoying the Friday articles.

  6. STVR: Seriously, best deal on flu shot is to get it at Safeway’s medical clinic where you get a 10% discount coupon for a future shopping trip. Can do this for your whole family!

    FM: I tried blogging a few years ago and quickly realized it was way more work than it looks. Needing some help is totally reasonable.

  7. To be frank, I don’t really care who does the writing. I’ll continue to read the posts of interest to me and ignore those that do not, regardless of the by line.

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