1. The increased offer for Chase United MileagePlus card will expire on September 2nd. Read more on it in my list of bonuses and in this post. My husband and my brother-in-law both got approved for this offer.
2. Through November 15th, earn 1,200 Rapid Rewards per reservation at Choice hotels in USA. Could be worth it for cheap one-night stays. (h/t LoyaltyLobby)
3. I debated on whether to even mention this offer, but it could be useful to some. There is a potential to get 90,000 Virgin Atlantic miles from BOA Virgin atlantic Mastercard, but the spend would have to be $25,000. Or spend $15,000 and get 97,500 miles total.
Remember, Virgin Atlantic levies fuel surcharges on their own flights, though economy redemption from USA to London (not back) is somewhat reasonable in that respect. You can get an amazing value on Virgin America flights, but they have to be roundtrip. View From The Wing blog has a good post on this offer with links to additional articles.
4. A promotion from SPG called Tap Into Luxury. You can enter to win different prizes through September 30th.
See a comment below from my reader Cheapblackdad on why this could be a spectacular deal for some.
6. The winner (chosen by random number generator) of my Southwest drink coupons was commenter Denise. I tried to send an email to confirm the address, but the delivery failed. Please, email it to me at email@example.com
On my mind
Today I want to address a very serious, though not deadly condition, otherwise known as “Blob.” It occurs when a blog and author morph into one entity. Basically, it’s hard to distinguish where one starts and the other one begins. Here are the symptoms:
1. Your life revolves around your site. You spend most of your non-job related hours either writing posts, thinking about new ideas for your blog, or interacting with other Blobs on Twitter, Facebook etc. Oh, and don’t forget FourSquare, so everyone knows where you are at all times, day or night.
2. You can’t wait till tomorrow, so you can finally publish that one amazing post which is sure to double your traffic permanently. Except, it doesn’t.
3. You constantly check your email to see if you’ve got a new comment from a reader, and get a little depressed when you don’t find one.
Sounds familiar? Hey, this isn’t meant to be mocking in any way. In fact, I admit, I suffer from a mild case of Blob myself. However, I am determined to beat it, hopefully without quitting this site altogether.
The blogging world is akin to a reality television. Everyone knows, it’s not real, but it sure feels like it at times. There is drama, suspense and intrigue, and a good guy vs. villain. Of course, things are never quite as simple as they appear on TV. Blogging is a form of escapism, but it’s easy to get completely sucked in and forget about your real life.
Another pitfall to avoid is tying your self-esteem to the success of the blog. It’s a double-edged sword. If the site takes off, suddenly you may feel like a rockstar, when in reality, it could have been partially due to very favorable market conditions. I want to be clear: I’m not trying to take away from anyone’s hard work, and it did take a lot of talent and hard work for all of these guys to get where they are.
On the other hand, if the blog can’t seem to find readers, you may end up feeling like a loser. The truth is, you have probably entered a very saturated niche (hint: miles and points related), and there is virtually no chance of breaking through and gaining a significant audience. But even if blogging isn’t your gift, and it is indeed due to lack of talent, so what? Does it make you any less of a human being?
It’s very easy to get caught up in numbers: Twitter followers, Facebook Likes and so on. At the end of the day, remember, those people are strangers. Don’t measure your success based on what they think they know about you. Take comfort in the fact that your kids want to follow you around the house and your spouse still likes you.
Don’t have a family? Spend time with your friends. What are friends, you may ask… Well, it’s people who share your interests and goals. NO, I’m not talking about “miles and points” Blobs, with whom you can go on MS hunt together. I mean normal people you used to hang out with before you got into this crazy hobby. Go see a movie, or eat out even if it’s not the first Friday of the month (gasp!)
Never had friends before turning into a Blob? There is no hope for you. Get out while you still can!
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