I am such a fucking drama queen

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Ok, I’m back. But don’t get excited. My blog is changing, and for some of you, probably not for the better. Just like MileagePlus awards! Except that’s not better for anyone, actually.

Yes, I went all Debbie Downer at the end of my last post, and I meant it. And I was genuinely touched (no, not like that) by all the nice things you said in the comments. But I still felt firm in my feeling that I have only so many hours and only so much inspiration, and the decision was the right one.

But then Ms. X commented to me that it was sad, and I responded by saying that I don’t actually want to give up writing, and maybe I’d start a new blog that was more general in subject and varied in tone. Something that might have some posts about points and miles, sometimes, but wouldn’t be restricted to it. It would just be whatever I felt like saying on a given day, in whatever voice I felt like, consistency be damned. Maybe, someday.

And then she said, “Well, why don’t you just do that with Pointastic Hellhole? It’s a good name. It’s already set up. You have the domain.” Etc. And in that moment I was reminded why I’ve been with this person for 20 fucking years. She’s a genius!

So, that is what I’m gonna do. The thing is, I’m not, and never really have been, a True Travel Blogger. IDGAF about whether seats are herringbone or reverse herringbone. I don’t have affiliate links. I don’t speak at conferences. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t want to do those kinds of things, but there’s a reason that the pros are the pros: that’s all they do, and in most cases they’ve been doing it for longer and they do it better. LIke, fuck if I understand the United Excursionist Perk or American 500-mile certificates.

The Other Bloggers don’t have my charming insight into humanity and corporations, and I have my original analyses and angles that they don’t — if didn’t, I wouldn’t have a blog in the first place. (Plus, some of them are whorish.) At the end of the day, writing only about miles and points is too small a box for me. Them, it’s their fucking job. It’s the thing that they care about the most. It’s the thing that makes them money. More power to them. Me, it’s a thing I care about, but hardly the only thing.

One thing I do care about very much is regularly making new stuff, and if I don’t write, I’m failing. So why stop? I’m just gonna write. Maybe about how much I love NYC. Maybe about how much I hate Trump. (Trigger warning!) Maybe about what it’s like to run a small business. Maybe about how I make make music. Maybe about 70’s schlock cinema. Maybe a philosophical disquisition about the finer distinctions of PornHub categories. Who knows?

If you don’t like what I write that day, swipe left and wait for me to post about travel again. Or maybe I’ll bother to tag shit in WordPress and you can just follow the travel tag. We’ll figure it out, people.

When I wrote that last one, I was still reeling from the Great United Reaming and I had just gotten back to NYC and immediately got sick and was up in the middle of the night and hated myself and everybody and everything. But today I’m in a good mood! The weather is gorgeous, the sun is glinting off the skyscrapers, and I started my day by shouting at and giving the finger to a truck driver who honked at a taxi to move just as I was about to get in it. (True story! Well, it was yesterday. Poetic license.) Life is good.

So: I’m sincerely sorry for being a pity tease, and thank you all for your sentiments. If you don’t like the way I’m changing things, I’m not sorry. Tough. Things are always changing, and we all gotta adapt. Just like to the new United MileagePlus.

5 thoughts on “I am such a fucking drama queen

  1. Jack

    Happy fucking day reading this from you. I am looking forward to your musings on life and travel and whatever the fuck. Welcome back!

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  2. Tom

    So glad to hear that you’re sticking around. If you need some inspiration in regards to what direction to take your blog, you might want to read a couple articles on heisenbergreport dot com for some ideas. He is an amazing writer that manages to combine his extremely insightful financial analysis (the primary objective of his blog) with his hilarious political commentary (anti-Trump, of course!). It’s a beautiful mixture of content and I can’t stop reading… some of the articles about bonds and shit can get quite boring, but then he’ll post an amazing article a breaking news political headline that just broke the wire and it will be extremely entertaining. This is actually the only blog that I’ve decided to pay for (he started charging $5 per month recently). I’m not trying to get you to subscribe of course, since the main focus is probably outside your area of interest, but check out a few articles and see how he manages to successfully combine finance with politics and somehow still keep things relatively interesting. His writing style is also quite similar to yours in the sense that it is not necessarily PC, but you are a bit more extreme (which I appreciate even more, haha). Good luck adapting the blog, I hope you get this all figured out and are able to stick around with us for a while!

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    1. Ivan X Post author

      That’s an interesting site. Thanks for the pointer. I’m not going to subscription model though; instead I am going to raise ludicrous amounts of venture capital based upon a vague, open-ended plan towards profit to be determined once I capture a key demographic user base, and pay myself handsomely until the magical money fairy flits away.

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  3. Alpa Pandya

    sounds like a Trump Organization business plan!

    glad to hear you are back. i didn’t know i had so much power. i am now off to see if i can bring back “wizards & warlocks.”

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