I’m listening to you, my daily readers.
While most of my traffic comes via Google searches, a big part of why I write is for those of you who come back every day to read what I have to say. I know the internet is full of travel blogs and I do not take your readership for granted. Furthermore, I know I have to earn your readership with engaging content that is worth your time.
If you know my style, you know that I publish “old” trip reports on my blog. I just finished posting my 2013 trip report from Australia and Singapore. Although five years old, it had already been written and never been published before. It was also still relevant, at least in my eyes. More on that in a moment.
First off, give me some credit. As far as I can tell, I’m all caught up on trip reports that have happened in the last year. Not only do I now write them quickly, but I get them published quickly. Consequently, every 2017 trip is now online.
But there are still a handful of reports going back the last few years that I have never published.
Why Old Reports?
I addressed this in January, but with new readers coming to the site every day I wish to clarify it once again:
I do concede that older hotel and flight reviews have a limited shelf life, but over and over again I see that very little changes. Changes that do take place are muted…like crockery or IFE interface or leather upholstery. When major changes have taken place, I am aware of them and note them. Typically when I post an older flight review, I will link to a very recent one from Flyertalk or another blog to “prove” my review is still relevant.
Furthermore, my trip reports provide a basis for the way I think about and review different products, hopefully establishing a predictable baseline in which I can fairly review every new flight I take. My old reviews still provide a high-level of detail and give you a fair idea of what to expect on the ground and in the air.
Finally, most of my old trip reports are already written. Going back a year or two and trying to remember flights would not serve me well. The only reason I have not published more from the “archive” is due to the immense amount of time it takes to sort through and edit photos.
Trip Reports To Come
I’ve tried to deliberately limit my travel this year so as to clear the queue of all old reports and never even have to discuss this issue again. I am getting caught up. Every “historic” trip report takes me one step closer to being 100% caught up.
Here are the trip reports that remain:
- Thai Airways A380 First Class + Asiana A380 First Class (2016)
- Etihad Airways A380 First Class Apartments + Park Hyatt Hyderabad/Goa/Chennai/Maldives + Etihad Airways 777 First Class (2016)
- ANA 777 First Class + JAL 777 First Class + Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class (2016)
- Etihad Airways A380 First Class Apartments + Gulf Airways Business + Royal Jordanian Business + Qatar Business + Al Safwa Lounge + Qatar Airways A380 First Class (2016)
- Balkans Trip (most overland) to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Greece (2013)
- LAN 767 Business Class + Easter Islands (2012)
- TAM 777 Business Class + Brazil + Bolivia + Argentina (2011)
As always, if I take a new trip, that 2018 trip report will come first.
A Way to Help You Avoid “Old” Trip Reports
I don’t want any of you to feel cheated that you clicked on a report only to find halfway through that it is “too old” for you to justify reading. In order to eliminate any confusion, you’ll now see the year flight took place at the top of every flight review more than a year old.
This will appear on the homepage (mobile and desktop version):
I know it’s “my blog” and I can write about what I want. Ultimately, I will. Yet your input matters, for this blog fails without you. Hopefully, this added clarification concerning when a flight took place will help guide your reading.