You may or may not know, but as of the first of April, this is my fulltime gig. This? Yes, this – writing, maintaining, managing, and whatever else needs to happen to my group of blogs. Since I now have more time to invest in the blog (except when I’m traveling, which I seem to be doing a lot), I’ve been reflecting on the content and direction of this blog.
Keep reading, as I’ll need your help to make this blog better.
Over the last week or two, I’ve slowly been making some changes to the blog. My goal for this blog is to make information more accessible to everyone (regardless of knowledge and experience with points and miles) and to reduce the headache and time factor required to collect miles and points.
The two newest pages on the site are:
- Best Hotel Credit Cards - This page is similar to my best travel credit cards page, but focuses on the best current hotel credit card offerings available.
- Suggested Application Strategy - For the sake of convenience, I highlight what I think are the best credit card offers by issuing bank. This way if you want to do multiple applications at one time, a suggested strategy is in place.
What is the headache factor?
There’s a story I read about a company that went into a grocery store to sell jam. On the first day, they showcased their full range of 24 jams. They had a lot of people taste a lot of jam, but they had few sales. On the second day, the had samples of only three types of jams, and they sold a lot more.
When there are too many choices on the table, our brains take the easy way out and decide not to choose. That’s what I call the headache factor.
One of the things I’ve recognized when I talk to regular people about miles and points is that they don’t want to know all the details. They want to get in, get as much useful information as possible, get their points, and move along.
So I need to let you know that with each of the pages and posts on this blog, I need to offer a little bit of caution or sort of caveat emptor.
I do a significan amount of filtering. Filtering offers. Filtering benefits. Filtering hacks. Filtering tips. I limit what I write to two and sometimes three posts every week.
I do that with the assumption that you have a life and like it. If you were a points junkie, you’d be on FlyerTalk every day and subscribe to every travel blog. You’d want to know how to spend 6 hours just to end up with 60 miles. You’re happy to spend a Saturday morning reading and researching about deals, offers, and benefits.
I’m that way, but I don’t think most people are.
See, I’ve made an assumption about you. I’ve assumed that you want to apply the 80/20 principle. You want to get 80% of the benefits by applying 20% of the time.
My question is this – am I right?
Would you rather more posts, more details, more information? All of this requires you to process more information.
Do you like fewer posts and like knowing that you’re not missing out on the best offers?
You can leave your feedback by sending me an email (htcheap at gmail dot com), leaving a comment, or hitting reply if you’re an email subscriber.
Oh, and one last thing.
Because I don’t share everything with you, I’ve done my best to make myself accessible. I’m always happy to provide customized and personalized assistance. Always feel welcome to email me, and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as possible