As you may have noticed, there have been no new blog posts since midday on Friday. No, I wasn’t out having fun for the weekend. After all, Hello Kitty Con isn’t in Los Angeles until late October (at which point all bets are off).
The truth is we’ve had some serious technology issues at Boarding Area since midday Friday, whereby I literally couldn’t log into my blog’s admin page. The blog appeared just fine and people could add comments, but I couldn’t actually write anything.
Is it a coincidence that the blog stopped working shortly after I published a post about Air Koryo’s policy of allowing you to buy up to five seats per flight, and literally as I was drafting a blog post about an Air Koryo $9 business class mistake fare?
Kim Jong-un would probably say “no.”
Anyway, things should be back to normal now, and I have so much to write about, so stay tuned. I also wanted to provide a couple of quick updates.
New blog is coming tomorrow
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that the blog would be getting a serious redesign. Thanks so much for all the feedback you guys provided, as I’ve incorporated as much of it as possible. The redesign will go live tomorrow morning.
However, it shouldn’t result in any downtime, but rather there will just be a 90 minute period where I can’t publish anything and where you guys can’t leave any comments. I’ll post again tomorrow morning prior to the switchover, explaining exactly when and how it will happen.
Please bear with us during the transition. When the site goes live it won’t be the finished product. We still have a lot of changes to make to specific pages, and will certainly tweak things based on your feedback as well. Hopefully within a day or two we have the somewhat finished product, though.
As much as I’m excited to get a new look, the real benefit of the redesign is on the back end of things. Right now we’re so limited to what we can do, since the theme is so old. The options with the new theme will be endless, which is really exciting. But again, I’ll have more on that tomorrow.
I love blogging
Regarding this weekend, having the blog down for three days actually taught me a lot. I’ve always considered myself to be incredibly fortunate to do this for a living. I’ve written this blog for over six years now, and I truly think of it as my “baby.” While I’m so fortunate to be able to make a living writing this in the meantime, for the first several years I didn’t make a dime on the site.
What I realized from having three days without the blog is just how much I enjoy this community and this hobby. I really didn’t know what to do with myself. It’s not that I was angry about it being down, because ultimately that was outside of my control.
But, like, I actually didn’t know what to do with myself. I was so desperate that I almost turned on the TV or went outside… like, OMG!
I definitely don’t say it enough, and that’s in part because I can’t quite put into words how grateful I am for all of you. I’m so so fortunate to do what I love every day, and I owe it all to you guys.
I was the kid that just always wanted to do what I was passionate about and didn’t care about the “corporate world.” So when I graduated college and struggled to find a job, it just kind of dawned on me that maybe I could actually do this for a living.
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the blog would grow to where it is today. And at the end of the day the blog isn’t about numbers or anything, but rather about the amazing people I’ve met along the way, and how you guys engage me, challenge me, and sometimes just plain call me out every day. I really do appreciate it!
Now back to the content!