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Apr 15, 2022

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Well, did ya miss me?

You may have noticed that things have been fairly quiet here over the last couple of months. And really, ever since I sold the site back in January 2020. A few things have recently changed, and so I thought that I would share a bit about what has been going on behind the scenes at Points With a Crew, and what you can expect going forward.

January 2020 – sale of Points With a Crew

So, long-time readers of the site might recall that way back in January 2020, I sold Points With a Crew to the Soapbox Financial Network. Soapbox was a project of The Motley Fool – over the past few years they bought several different financial and travel blogs and websites. The idea I believe was to create a network of finance and finance-adjacent content under the Motley Fool / Soapbox umbrella.

Uhhhhh it turns out in hindsight that January 2020 was a FANTASTIC time to sell a travel blog!!! 🙂

Do you even remember what life was like in January 2020?

I wish I could claim any sort of amazing business acumen for selling then, right before COVID started and the demand for travel dropped 90%. But it was just kind of the way that the timing happened to work out.

The past 2 years

Over the past two years (since January 2020), I have been working with Soapbox here on the site. You may have seen posts from me, but more sporadic than they had been in years past. But you’ve also seen additional authors posting, which has been a nice mix. Of course these past two years have been challenging for many people on many levels, and travel blogging was no exception. I’m sure you’ve likely noticed that the amount of content here on PWaC over the past two years has been less frequent than it had been in years past.

I was of two minds on this as someone without an ownership stake in the site any more. On the one hand, I didn’t care since I had sold the site, moved on to other pursuits and didn’t have any sort of monetary stake in how it did. On the other hand, this is “my baby”, all the way back from the very first post in 2014. So it was a bit sad to see it reduced to a bit of a shell of its former self.

To be clear, I don’t blame Motley Fool, Soapbox or any of the people that were associated with the site over the past two years. All of the people that I worked with at Soapbox and Motley Fool were awesome, and they went out of their way to work with me, listen to my thoughts and opinions. I think it was just mostly a case of bad timing for a venture like this, along with a few other factors.

Buying back the site

Which leads me to say that a few months ago, I got an email from the Soapbox people saying that they were looking to conclude their experiment, and asked if I would be interested in buying back Points With a Crew. I was of course interested, since it felt a little weird that they could sell the site to whoever and then I would have no say or control over how my pictures, trips, pictures of my families and such were used. It was different when I sold it to Soapbox because then I felt like I could trust that they would be good stewards of the site and my information here.

So in any case, we agreed on a price, and I bought the site back as of April 1. I didn’t want to post right on April 1st about it since well, you know how April 1st goes….

What to expect going forward

So… where does that leave us going forward? Well in a sense I am still figuring that out. I definitely don’t have the same available time and energy that I had before I sold the site, so it’s probably not likely that you will see multiple posts in a day like was common a few years ago. Still, I do like to travel, and now that we’re coming out of a COVID-induced travel funk, I want to continue to share some of my stories and tips for family travel and large family travel. I’ve got a few trips planned and LOTS of miles and points that I’ve been (unfortunately) saving up. So I think that you will start seeing more content here than you have been over the past couple of months.

I am also pleased to report that there are no additional “crew” members since we last talked. Isn’t 6 kids enough?!?!!? 😛 .

It’s great to be back! Did ya miss me?!?! :-D. Share what kind of posts (or anything else) you’d like to see in the comments

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