Around the Pattern

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Airline Retirement – New Directions?

compass direction Those of you who frequent these pages have probably noticed that I haven’t been posting any new articles lately. I have several things going on right now, not the least of which is my airline retirement in the beginning of next year.

AroundThePattern has been an interesting experiment. I have ambled along writing articles when the mood struck me, passing along things that I have seen or done in my flying career. The traffic on the site indicated by Google Analytics has grown slowly but I don’t have a large following by any measurement. It appears that the majority of the visits are logged by robots either indexing the site, checking on the display ads or looking for a location for comment spam. I have had some spikes when I stumbled upon a popular post subject but few readers have commented on anything I have published. I will be the first to admit that I’m not the most social person on the planet nor have I been very consistent in my publishing of articles and I haven’t asked for questions or comments very often. I just assumed that if anybody was really interested they would post a comment. To date I have posted 125 articles and received 133 comments with roughly half of the comments being my replies to the commenter.

The question then becomes whether I want to continue with the site as it is, change its direction with a new design and re-purpose (still aviation-oriented) or close it down and move on to other things.

I’m still sorting things out. Back in 2008 an article was published on ProBlogger that addressed the question of when to stop blogging. I replied to the article when it was published. It’s time to revisit the decision process.

Breakfast Conversations

I had some interesting conversations this morning over breakfast on a layover in Shanghai. One conversation was with my crew member and the other with a teacher who has been living in China for almost three years.

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Career Choices

I don’t normally rebut posts of others, but one of the statements I just read in a post didn’t sit right with me and I feel I have to provide another viewpoint. Sam, over at Blogging at FL250 posted about the current state of the airline business and how it might affect the pilots at the major airlines with all the cutbacks being announced and the possibility of more bankruptcies and almost certain layoffs. There are just so many ways I could go with this discussion.

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