Today, my little aviation blog turns three years old.
A lot has changed in the last three years. Back then, I was an unemployed pilot anxious to start a new adventure. Today, I am a very senior first officer entering my fourth year with this company. Since we stopped taking aircraft deliveries, the upward movement has evaporated. I haven’t been able to upgrade to captain, but I’m really enjoying handpicking a great schedule month after month.
Initially, I started this blog to document my new-hire training during the first few months of employment. I hoped to obtain a bit of readership from family, friends and “up and coming” pilots. I wish there had been blogs that followed a pilot through airline training back when I was working on my ratings.
While I may not have the most popular aviation blog on the net, I’m still surprised and very happy with the readership I’ve gained.
The number of posts have been scaled back since the first year. I have no interest in publishing a bunch or garbage for the sake of website statistics. Also, I won’t boast about the analytics since much of that data is artificially bloated by bots and crawlers.
Going forward, here’s my plan for the blog:
- I will tell stories. Whether it was years ago or in my present life, I will share stories if they relate to aviation. To be honest, coming up with material is a bit difficult. This is kind of a redundant life. I will not regurgitate the mundane. (ie: “This week, I flew to LA, flew a four day trip and flew back to Nashville.” That’s every week.)
- I will occasionally comment on current events like the media coverage of the Asiana crash. However, as was eloquently pointed out by an offended visitor, I am not a journalist.
- I will continue to educate the non-flyers about our profession. You’ll see my inner-CFI emerge whenever I attempt to explain something complex in layman’s terms. If you have a question or idea for a blog post, please submit it via my contact page.
I’d like to publicly thank all of you who read and promote my blog. In particular, I’d like to thank Brad Tate and Eric Auxier. They are the two big-time aviation bloggers who consistently promote the material I post. Gentlemen, I love your writing and appreciate your support. (For the .001% reading here unfamiliar with Brad’s or Eric’s blogs, their websites are Airline Pilot Chatter and The Adventures of Cap’n Aux.)
Today, I celebrated this blogiversary by flying from JFK to LAX. It was a great day to fly across the country. The average headwind was one knot. Another twenty seven hour four day trip is in the books.
Now, I sit and wait to fly back to Nashville.
I appreciate each and every one of you who read this on a regular basis.
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