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Old May 8, 12, 7:53 pm   #91
 
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I found flyer talk via a blog.... Many many years ago. I have found a lot of helpful hints and tips from new people, many of whom I assume found it via a blog also. Sure, blogs can shorten the life of a great deal, most of which are illegitimate. They can and do also bring in some great minds.
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Old May 8, 12, 7:53 pm   #92
 
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I'd put money up that the people complaining on this thread also read the blogs everyday.
I read MatthewLAX's blog at UPGRD which is still my favourite- he does put a very good personal touch on things and very little of it is ripped from FlyerTalk, as well as practically no credit card bashing.

I also read One Mile at a Time because I enjoy his trip reports and travel humour, but I ignore the credit card related posts.

I do not actively read any other blogs, other than to see how far the blogosphere has slipped.
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Oh man, where is the "Like" button.
On MP.
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Helping to increase the knowledge of the traveling public shouldn't be seen as a shameful or abhorrent act IMO. None of us knew everything when we joined this community. We all learned from different resources. Yes, spreading the information more broadly means more people know about it. That's sortof the point.

But to say that anyone here should be able to decide that XYZ deal is only for "us" and other deals are OK for "them" is a tremendously selfish and not particularly realistic approach to the world IMO. Either you're in it for yourself or to help others. Neither is necessarily wrong. But that also means none of us should get to decide that the others are wrong for doing what they do.

So the disappointment is that others got it before "you" in this case, right? Meaning someone who thinks they discovered that Wyndham points could be converted to miles should be first in line to get those points, after someone who learned that from someone else? Again, which other communities do you propose be shut down to "keep the secrets?" Certainly we have to kill AFWD, MilePoint and DansDeals, right? Probably FatWallet and a few others, too.

If anyone knows about a deal then it is reasonable to assume that others will, too. The key is to be smart and quick. Get what you want while you can. No deal is going to last forever even if no one knows about it.
I think you're right about the sour grapes from many who are complaining - before it was bashing other FT'ers who supposedly weren't discrete enough about FDs or the Mint; now it's bloggers. There are some great blogs, some decent blogs, and some terrible blogs - just like anything in life.

FT has obviously grown, and I've only been active for a few years. I don't see blaming bloggers as accurate. Someone upthread mentioned that if you can google it, it can be found. That's how I first found FT, quite by accident, researching for a trip. If a few bloggers have loose lips, that's a drop in the bucket compared to the overall accessibility of travel and miles/points info on FT, MP, FW, etc.
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On MP.
No, sorry, had a look at that site, and it is the biggest pile of drivel ever. Full of content-free "fluff" posts and with actual flying/travel information few and far between.

FlyerTalk is more organised and content-based, where MP just seems like a Facebook chat room with a slight travel theme.

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Old May 8, 12, 7:58 pm   #96
 
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Thread of the century The funny thing is, most of these bloggers have absolutely no real knowledge to contribute and are absolute amateurs when it comes to the number of airlines they have flown and the places they have been to All the valuable information are just stolen from FT and pasted onto their blogs.

OP, why don't you start a user restricted site that requires extensive interviews before becoming a member. I'm game
How about just restricting mileage run thread to say min. 500 posts?
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How about just restricting mileage run thread to say min. 500 posts?
TB voted and didn't approve a simple login requirement for MR forum.
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Old May 8, 12, 8:01 pm   #98
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From what I know, what started out as a hobby for some bloggers is now their full time job.
I could be wrong, but almost all of the major bloggers on BoardingArea.com that I know has a full time job and blogs on the side and yes they do earn ancillary revenue. If you want some of that pie, start up a blog! It takes a lot of effort and a long time to build a significant # of readership.

Can you name a few blogs where the blogger consider his/her blog as their primary full-time job?
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I'm pretty sure some Guys have blogging as their full time job, with quality suffering as a result.
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Old May 8, 12, 8:06 pm   #100
 
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Oh man, where is the "Like" button.

Worst of all, the full time bloggers try to blog more and more because it's their only source of income, diminishing quality of content and increasingly grasping at straws in order just to sound like the ultimate authority on everything miles and points, and of course drive affiliate revenue.



If there's one thing I hate more than self-serving bloggers, it's those to seek to tell the mainstream media. Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame, and some are willing to go as low as killing great deals just to help themselves.



+1 (again). Anyone who thinks the blogs are there to help us are disillusioned and likely beyond help. Again, some exceptions exist.


Just go to the Chicago Seminars. You will meet the newly minted bloggers, who previously had no posts, woke up one morning and decided that they were now an expert because they don't have a real job.
They have no original content, can't write, have nothing to say.
I have looked at most of their blogs exactly ONCE and rue the day . . . hoping they did not catch a buck just because I clicked on their link.

I don't pretend to be a great contributor to FT, but nor did I wake up today, start a blog and then hand out luggage tags or introduce myself as a kiddie expert at the seminars.
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I hate it when one site has five bloggers write about the same subject matter, all within 12 hours of each other. A normal everyday reader should be able to get the point on the first one.
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Just go to the Chicago Seminars. You will meet the newly minted bloggers, who previously had no posts, woke up one morning and decided that they were now an expert because they don't have a real job.
They have no original content, can't write, have nothing to say.
I have looked at most of their blogs exactly ONCE and rue the day . . . hoping they did not catch a buck just because I clicked on their link.

I don't pretend to be a great contributor to FT, but nor did I wake up today, start a blog and then hand out luggage tags or introduce myself as a kiddie expert at the seminars.
And they will quickly disappear.
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I'm pretty sure some Guys have blogging as their full time job, with quality suffering as a result.
Any of them on Boarding Area or a well-known stand-alone blogger?
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Credit card referrals have become a cancer on travel blogs. I'm afraid that it has metastasized and there is no hope of a cure.

I realize it is unlikely, but I'd like to see Randy ban credit card referral links on any blog that appears on BoardingArea.
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And they will quickly disappear.
Once the money dries up.
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