I’m going to be honest with you:
A few weeks ago, I thought I was done.
I was a little bored of writing, sick of the blog’s “look” and a little concerned that the media was starting to turn on pilots like me who willfully contribute our experiences to others.
I took the site offline.
Either I was going to address all three concerns or walk away forever.
After about a week, I came to the realization that I really wanted to keep blogging.
The first problem took care of itself. On my last four day trip, a few things happened that had me thinking about new blog posts. New blog posts would be difficult to write without actually having a blog. I started to regret taking down the site.
So, I attacked my second concern.
The old blog was a bunch of web design band-aids patched together over time to deliver the content to you. It was a free WordPress theme that I hacked into something somewhat presentable.
With the site down, it gave me a good opportunity to start from scratch by purchasing and modifying a premium theme. I’ve been working for the last week to bring this new site to you.
Here are some things I’d like to bring to your attention about the “new” renewedpilot.com:
- The site should run more streamlined than the old one.
- The new design is responsive. It will automatically size to your browser to fit a cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop monitor.
- All the site’s “like” statistics have been reset to take advantage of this site’s built-in social media functionality. So, if you’re new here, please know that lots of good readers have shared these posts on social media. As always, if you like it…. SHARE IT!
- The comments now display the reader’s Gravatar image next to his/her contribution to the post.
- I’ve deleted the Facebook page associated with the blog.
As for the last issue… what can I say?
I’m a rule follower. Therefore, I won’t be posting any pictures from an aircraft unless I’m riding in the cabin. I realize that using a “real camera” in lieu of a cell in a non-sterile cockpit is legal, but that doesn’t mean a negative article cannot spin it the other way.
I’m just not willing to subject myself to that kind of scrutiny.
2014 was a great year for me.
I said goodbye to my temporary flying job and was welcomed back to the legacy carrier with open arms. (The third time’s a charm!)
I’m flying the schedule I want to fly and living where I want to live.
I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family.
The cost of a barrel of oil is tanking.
I wish I could freeze this snapshot in time.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and your family.
See you in 2015.