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It’s Middle Age Miles’ 1st Birthday!

Cheers to Middle Age Miles’ 1st birthday!!!

It’s a celebratory day here at Middle Age Miles – it’s our 1st birthday!!!

Reflecting on Our First Year

We wanted to take a minute to reflect on our first year of blogging about travel, credit cards and points-and-miles. We’ve been very happy to grow the blog and become a reasonably well-known and respected voice in this space. We feel like we’ve contributed well to the community, especially on the points-and-miles earning side, and particularly with some of our in-depth and detailed articles. We’re happy to have maintained our independent voice. And most importantly, we feel like we’ve furthered our mission of helping people live their dreams through travel and points.

On the personal side, we’ve also had a good travel year. Status-wise, in 2018 we qualified for AA Executive Platinum, Marriott Bonvoy Titanium, Hilton Honors Diamond, and Hyatt Explorist (plus rental car status with Hertz/Avis/National and several other more niche hotel chains). All of this has helped to make our travels easier and allow us to enjoy benefits we never imagined, like flying back and forth to Europe in Business Class multiple times. Our travels during the past year have taken us to the Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, the UK, Italy, Switzerland and France internationally. Domestically, we’ve visited Denver, Washington DC, Santa Fe, South Bend, Philadelphia, and Fayetteville & Little Rock, AR, plus multiple trips to Las Vegas and Seattle. It’s been a fun year, and we’re looking forward to many more great trips in the coming year!

Middle Age Miles and crew at the Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy

Thanks to Everyone Who Reads Middle Age Miles and Has Helped Us

We’re very thankful for Middle Age Miles’ readers – and especially those who have commented, subscribed to our posts, and followed us on social media platforms. We’re also very appreciative of the established bloggers who have been kind enough to link to some of our articles, such as Will and Chuck of Doctor of Credit; Greg, Nick & Stephen of Frequent Miler; Harlan of Out and Out; Grant of Travel With Grant; Mark of Miles to Memories; Joe of OH Travel Dad; Gary of View From The Wing; and Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai. Along similar lines, we also appreciate the nice shout-out from Sam and Robert of Milenomics in one of their recent podcasts.

More Reflections – Where We’re Headed With Middle Age Miles and What Can We Do Better

1. Aspire to Publish More Travel Articles, in a Shorter, Crisper Format

When we launched Middle Age Miles a year ago, our vision was that our content would be roughly equally split between travel articles and points-and-miles/credit card articles. It’s turned out, though, that we’ve posted far more articles about credit card and points-and-miles subjects than about travel. We’ve learned that the credit card and points-and-miles articles are far more widely read (and seemingly more helpful to people). In addition, the travel articles take much longer to write even though they result in fewer views. As a result, we have a huge backlog of travel articles that we’d love to write and publish and too many unfinished trip reports.

Despite the readership stats, we’d still like to write more about travel. At the end of the day, that’s our true passion; the credit card and points-and-miles strategies are just means to achieve our travel dreams. We’re still working on how to accomplish that, while still providing the in-depth credit card & points-and-miles strategies and analysis that have been our strength and hallmark during year 1. We’re going to try some shorter, crisper travel articles and see how that works.

Yes, the real fun of this hobby is visiting spectacular places like the Matterhorn!

2. Report More News and Deals with “News & Notes” Articles

Another area where we’ve fallen short of what we hoped is that we wanted to report more credit card and points-and-miles deals. We’re happy with what we’ve done with respect to big points-and-miles promotions, but there have been a lot of deals that we wanted to report but just didn’t have time to do a full-blown article and analysis.

To that end, we’re going to start publishing Middle Age Miles “News & Notes” articles. Our goal will be for these to be published 3-5 times a week, and for each “News & Notes” article to contain several items of interest – smaller points promotions, credit card bonuses, points transfer bonuses, and the like – the things that don’t really merit a full article but we want to make sure our readers know.

3. Reach a Larger Audience

We’ve been fortunate that Middle Age Miles readership has grown steadily over our first year. But that said, we’d like to reach an even larger audience.

For starters, we appreciate when our readers tell their friends about Middle Age Miles. Word of mouth is the best growth model of all. If you’ve enjoyed Middle Age Miles content, please tell everyone you know who might be interested.

We’ll also pursue getting on a larger platform. Boarding Area seems like a very natural fit for us, given our subject matter. On a smaller scale, we’d also like to be on the MilesFeed portal. We’ll be giving both of those things a shot in the weeks and months to come.

Wrap-Up

Many thanks, again, to everyone, for a wonderful first year at Middle Age Miles! We look forward to continuing to provide you with great, helpful information to help you live your dreams through travel and points!


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19 thoughts on “It’s Middle Age Miles’ 1st Birthday!

  1. Grant

    Hey Craig, congrats on the 1 year blogiversary! I often tell people who want their own blog that starting a blog is really easy, but keeping it going for weeks, months, and years takes a lot of determination and hard work – so congrats on staying with it 🙂

    No truer words were ever spoken about being a travel blogger than these -> “In addition, the travel articles take much longer to write even though they result in fewer views. As a result, we have a huge backlog of travel articles that we’d love to write and publish and too many unfinished trip reports.”

    Lastly, there are only a handful of blogs that I read on a daily basis and I’ve enjoyed your articles greatly. Keep up the great work!

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Thanks so much, Grant. I truly appreciate your kind words and support. The respect is very much mutual! ~Craig

  2. JV13

    Craig,

    Congratulations on your 1 year birthday and thanks for all of the great ideas you share! Looking forward to more great travel and points ideas for many years to come.

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Thanks JV13! It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed your adventures over the past year just about as much as our own. Many more good times to come!!! ~Craig

  3. MAM's Little Sister

    Happy “1 year” day!!! Thank you for choosing September 5 (2018) as your kick-off date to honor Mom and to bring a joyful vibe to her birthday — she would have loved reading your articles, seeing your pics and sharing every post. I’m proud of your hard work on your articles and your diligence in fact-checking and updating the articles as needed. It’s also a fun bonus that I “hear” your voice when I read the articles! Before you started talking about your interest in developing a platform to share your “points and miles” and travel experiences, my only knowledge of the subject involved having a Southwest Rapid Rewards account. I have enjoyed reading and learning about maximizing points and miles for travel (and everyday) savings, and I have been pleasantly surprised that I have been able to use several of your tips and tricks for my more limited travel — I think it’s great that you continue to explore avenues that don’t automatically require a ton of spend in order to access benefits. I have found myself planning a trip and realizing, hey, I think Craig mentioned something that would help me out here, and I have gone back through the articles to find the one with the applicable information. Thanks for being a great resource and for sharing your knowledge with others, and thank you for sharing your rewards with your family and creating some fantastic memories. Hope Philly and you enjoy many more years of living your dreams through travel and points!

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Thanks Sis!!! I’m very glad you’ve been able to benefit from the tips. It’s been fun to see you pick up more and more of the things I’ve been writing about and use them 🙂 And yes, there are lots of fond memories of our Croatia trip!

      Finally, since you’ll soon be Marriott Platinum, I expect you to be hanging out in the Executive Lounge of the Little Rock Marriott every weekend! I think it’s actually pretty reasonable to stay there on the weekends if there’s not a big event in town.

  4. Ron

    Actually, skip the travel posts. There are 10 quadzillion blogs about how great, awesome, fantastic, incredible, once in a lifetime their trip was. Simply boring to read such dreck over and over. Save it for your Facebook page.

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Thanks Lew! I haven’t heard from you in a while. I’m very glad to hear that you’re still reading and enjoying Middle Age Miles. And I hope you’re doing well and enjoying some fun travels. All my best. ~Craig

  5. Pete

    Keep up the great work!!! I’ve been in the miles and points game for many many years now. You are one of the few (maybe 3) blogs I check on a regular basis because your content is refreshing and unique.

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Hey Pete – Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m incredibly flattered and very glad you’re finding interesting and useful content here 🙂 ~Craig

  6. rogbre

    Happy 1st Birthday! I read many blogs daily but yours is hands down the most creative, not a collection of credit card reviews. There’s plenty of other people doing that. Maybe it’s because we are in the same sweet spot in life, but all of your articles are right in the grove for me. Glad to say I’ve been a reader from the beginning. Congrats on a fine product.

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Wow, thanks so much for the kind words, Rogbre. I really appreciate your readership and support. And you are so right about the “sweet spot in life.” I love that turn of phrase.

      The part of your comment about credit card reviews made me laugh – because, of course, our next article after the birthday post was a keep-or-cancel credit card review! Oh well. At least we try to look at it from a different angle than what I tend to see on other blogs.

      Have a great weekend! ~Craig

  7. Paul

    Congrats on your anniversary. I really enjoy the blog- even though you are a points and miles blog, you offer excellent analysis that is decidedly different from the other blogs. And go Irish!

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Hi Paul – Many thanks for the congratulations and nice compliment. Go Irish indeed! We’re heading up there on Wed night for an extended game weekend. Can’t wait. ~Craig

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  9. Geo

    Craig,
    Your content over the past year has been refreshing. Cheers to keeping it going with intent over the next year and beyond from all of us at UsCreditCardGuide.

    Geo

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Thanks Geo – really appreciate the kind words and support. All our best to you and the USCreditCardGuide crew too! ~Craig

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