Woah! 100 posts? Have I really written that many? Actually… now that I’ve added them up it turns out I’ve written 103 altogether! Apparently I sailed right by the big 100 milestone without even realizing it. Oops!
So how did I get here? Well I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until I landed my current job at the airport that I found something I really wanted to write about on a consistent basis. And I quickly discovered that there is so much more to life at an airport than just airplanes. There are snowplows and water canon salutes and sunrises on the airfield. I’ve helped on the deice pad, visited ATC towers, and stood on a taxiway to watch an A350 land. I’ve ridden in a broom truck, sat in a stairs truck and driven an ops truck. I truly am a kid in a candy store every day.
Of course when I hit publish on that first post I had no idea whether anyone would actually read it. 100 posts later, I’m a bit shocked to discover I have readers from over 120 different countries. (Seriously? Wow!) As you might imagine, many come from places like the US, UK, Canada, Australia and France. However there are some readers from countries I didn’t expect, like Aruba (reading about stairs trucks on the beach, no doubt) and Nepal (probably learning about deicing whilst hiking the Himalayas).
People have stumbled onto my blog in a variety of different ways. Most find it through social media, however I’ve also gotten views from readers who have shared it with their friends or posted links to it online. (It’s a really great feeling when that happens!) I get traffic from search engines too. It amuses me to see the search phrases that have somehow led people to my blog. Here are a few of my favorites:
“Mobile stairs airfield” Yeah, this one is a no-brainer.
“Useless airport trivia” Yep, I’ve got lots of that!
“Fun jobs with finance degree” Actually, I don’t have a finance degree. Shhhh! Don’t tell!
“Beer Emergency Vehicle” Where the heck is that when I need it?
“How to drive airport stairs” Stay tuned! I hope to be able to give a first-hand report on this one of these days!
My most viewed post so far is: Airline Fees That THEY Have to Pay. I really didn’t expect that a post about something I do every day (invoicing airlines) would be very popular. In fact, I actually put off writing it for over a year because I wasn’t sure anyone would find it interesting. Doh!
One of my most defining moments as a blogger (so far) came in 2017. That was the year I first got media credentials for Airventure. The Blue Angels were there and I got to interview one of the pilots. The experience went something like this: OMG I have media credentials! OMG the Blue Angels! OMG I have absolutely no idea what to ask! Thank goodness Lt. Benson was a class act who not only answered my questions (once I managed to think of some), but also posed for a photo with me. If you had told me when I started writing this blog that I would be interviewing the Blue Angels at Oshkosh I never would have believed it!
So what’s next? Well I’ve been toying with the idea of incorporating more videos into my posts. And you never know when I might pop up on a podcast (or two). But mostly I plan to continue having adventures at the airport and writing about them. I hope you’ll continue to follow along!
THANK YOU so much for reading and for all your support!
7 thoughts on “One Hundred (and then some)!”
Actually, Jen, thank YOU for sharing all those stories! But Happy Birthday nonetheless. And welcome to the mysteries of ‘the most popular post’… 😉 Looking forward to #101, etc.
Awww – thanks so much! So true about the mystery… you just never know for sure what’s going to be popular. I figure as long as I had fun writing about it, that’s what matters most.
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Rob is having technical difficulties and asked me to post this for him.
100 already? Seems like you just got started. Why I remember hitting 500 episodes on the Airplane Geeks, but maybe because that’s the episode I also mentioned I wouldn’t be back for 501.
Anyway, keep up the excellent work here. Your experiences and enthusiasm as a lady at an airport are infectious … I hope.
Rob Mark, senior editor, Flying
Congratulations on a significant milestone. I read somewhere that while most blogs are started by the author with a great deal of enthusiasm, the vast majority fall by the wayside in short order. It’s a lot of work to post on a regular basis. Unlike writing a book or for a magazine, a blog has no end. It’s never “done”.
Anyway, keep up the great work!
Thanks so much, Ron! Given the longevity of your own blog, you know a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful blogger. It definitely can be a lot of work and it isn’t always easy, but I find it to be very rewarding.
Just discovered I’d missed this post Jennifer. Love your writing and aviation style. Looking forward to meeting you at #OSH19 !!
Thanks so much, Derek! Looking forward to meeting you as well!