Minor blog formatting changes coming

I just wanted to make a quick post to let y’all know that there will be some slight blog formatting changes coming very soon (they’ll probably be live in the next day or so). I approached the Boarding Area web design folks with a few requests:

  • To put the “About,” “Ask Lucky,” “Need award help?”, and “Trip Report Index” links across the top of the blog by the header, instead of having them hidden in the sidebar. This is because I still get several emails a week from people asking me what my website is for my award consulting business, so obviously it’s a bit too hidden. The same goes for the other three pages.
  • To add a link to my Twitter at the top right of the blog. Yes, I actually do use Twitter quite a bit, and realized I wasn’t doing an especially good job integrating it with my blog. Haven’t been too active lately, though when I have a tech question or am mileage running, I’m usually on Twitter. šŸ˜‰
  • To make the actual text area a bit wider.

Also, in the process, they’ll be changing the placement of ads just a bit. As I start to do my “thing” full time, trying to maximize ad revenue is obviously important, though I’m committed to not littering the blog with ads. So there will be just one minor change — the ad across the bottom of the blog will be removed and replaced with an ad below the first post.

Anyway, just a heads up so that it doesn’t come as a surprise. While it will take a bit of time getting used to, I think it’s better than the current format, which I haven’t changed at all in over three years now, since I started the blog.


  1. Ads? what ads?

    Oh wait, thank god for adblock. It’s probably killing your revenue though. šŸ˜›

  2. I too use adblock and never knew you even had ads. I just turned it off though for your site since I visit your site and use it so frequently.

  3. Let’s make sure we’re “giving back” to Lucky and clicking on the banner advertisements when you find them interesting (or just cause! ;D ).

    If he has to go work as a telemarketer because he’s not making enough revenue here, expect less posts! Just kidding!

  4. another suggestion: instead of one static ad, you may consider a few dynamic ads, displaying at the same spot one after another…

  5. I would humbly suggest a masthead that incorporates some of your great photography or some graphic or logo to represent your brand. That generic photo does no justice to your reputation. I’d help, but I don’t have one whit of graphic design experience!

  6. Ben,

    Don’t worry about the ads. If you’re going to do this fulltime, you’ll need the income generated from them. I can deal with seeing the ads. Who knows, a couple may even be interesting.

  7. I’m surprised you haven’t pursued further how to make your links open in new tabs, like most other blogs I know(and others on boardingarea.com). I’m a little surprised that your advertisers don’t require it. Once readers click one of your non-ad links, they’re are no longer exposed to the ads and don’t have that ‘opportunity’ to click that ad that they told themselves they’d look at later :).

  8. Thanks for the support, folks!

    @ Ripper3785 — I’m going to follow up on that right now. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. And I’m officially an idiot. The links should now open in new tabs. All I had to do was click a button that I had never noticed was there before. Thanks again for bringing it to my attention.

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