Hot damn… how the heck are we at 2,000 posts now? You figure that, on average, we post stories at about 850 words each – that is 1,700,000 words that we have added to the internet collective. Not too shabby.
About the first 1,000 posts or so were just me, doing my thing, trying to keep AirlineReporter going. Now, we have over 15 writers who contribute (some big and some small) to keep the posts flowing.
I think one of the things that still surprises me is which stories are popular. There are times where we will travel halfway across the world, do a great story, and it just doesn’t take off (pun intended). Then another story I think will be a throw-away (aka “omg we have no story ready today, we need to post something”) and it turns out to be quite popular.
That is why we keep trying to do new things and tell new stories to see how they go (as in recently trying to get more into commercial space travel). Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. We are already grateful that you, the readers, are open with us in what you like and don’t like as far as content is concerned.
Looking back, I have done almost 1,600 of the stories myself, which is hard for me to realize. I do not see myself as a writer, I am not trained as a writer (which my earlier stories will attest to), I would have never guessed I would be a writer, but somehow I ended up here – good thing that I like it here.
But now, it is not just me writing – there are some who are catching up. Mal Muir has written 94 stories, Bernie Leighton has done 46, and Howard Slutsken has done 35. I have been so thankful for all the wonderful stories that they and others have contributed to AirlineReporter. Honestly, without the writers, I am quite positive, I would not have been able to keep up the rigor of my life, plus running the site.
One person who hasn’t written as many stories, but has made a HUGE impact has been our Associate Editor, Blaine Nickeson. He goes through and edits each story to make sure we are saying what we want to say in a well-writen, reader-friendly way. Again, Mr. Nickeson has helped to take the site to the next level of being respected (now with proper spelling!).
I am proud and excited about our team and what we have accomplished in these five and a half years.
So what is in the future? Some really cool stuff I think. As we continue to grow and get some amazing publicity, it starts to open up more doors. I think over the coming months we will be able to better understand where AirlineReporter might be heading. But I can tell you we will continue to try new things, make some mistakes, but hopefully end up having you come back for more of our good stuff.
Thanks for reading, and cheers to another 2,000 stories!