Notice anything different around here lately? If you’re a regular reader you probably did. I’m writing a bit more and changing some of the site features and structure to handle those updates. Here are a few details.
Cool Connectivity Content
I’ve always been amazed by the inflight connectivity market, both as a consumer of services and as a dork who builds and manages computer networks for a living. To that end I’ve spent a ton of time and energy over the past 5-8 years learning more about how wifi gets delivered to you on planes and how the associated satellites and terrestrial networks operate. It is an incredible industry and one that continues to rapidly evolve which is a big part of what I love about it. Over the past five years or so I have not published a ton of content from that segment here because I’ve usually been writing it for other outlets, most recently Runway Girl Network. I’m no longer contributing content there so expect to see a lot more of that analysis and insight over here instead.
For folks who want to see only the IFEC content there is a separate RSS feed (http://feeds.feedblitz.com/WandrMeIFEC) or you can choose only that subset of content on the email subscription signup. Or just hang out and read the other stuff, too.
Feed Me Content
I also changed the way the RSS feed loads content. It now only carries the story excerpts rather than full posts. That’s mostly a business decision but it is one I know a few readers expressed frustration with. I’ve got another option available now for those who are interested in still getting the full content via RSS, and maybe also taking advantage of some of the other premium tools I have available at the wandr.me site. If you’re a “First Class” member of the Wandering Aramean Travel Tools site you now get access to the full feed as part of that subscription. I’ll be sending out an email to those members with instructions for setting that up but know that it is an option. Feel free to reach out for more details if needed.
Also, lets says that functionality is in beta testing right now, just in case something goes wonky.
I’m also experimenting with some changes to the site layout to remove distractions and focus more on the core content. Because at the end of the day that’s what I find interesting and I’m pretty sure it is also what y’all care about. So things may move around a bit (I’ve already dropped the side column, though that may come back in a different form) and a few other tweaks.
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The phrase triggers MileagePlus devaluations, but these changes I think we will like.
Glad you get to publish more here under your own editorship and hope our reading & learning raises your satisfaction!
I didn’t choose the phrasing by accident. 😉
I saw what you did there, Jeff.
So after all these years of “it’s not about the money”…. It turns it that it IS about the money, so no more free RSS.
Indeed, your title was prescient. You and Jeff. A fine pair.
I fly United less. And I’ve been reading you less. Guess it works for you both.
I never said it is not about the money, just that it is not my primary income. And it still is not. I also don’t really write about United all that much so I don’t get the analogy. But I also certainly understand your decision to not read if the content isn’t interesting or useful to you. I don’t read things that don’t matter to me either.
In other words, NoMoreRSS, you’ll only read content if it’s delivered to you and you don’t have to even see any of the ads, which are what support creators in creating the content in the first place. Everyome is entitled th receive valur for work. If you disagree, I’m sure Seth has no problem losing your readership.
did you take any meetings with the port authority? Is that why you restored access to the full article in the RSS feed? 😀
Thanks for the transparency re RSS. Some other bloggers have not been as forthcoming on similar moves.
We know you did, and my first reaction to it was, “Shit, Seth is going to ruin his blog now and keep telling me it’s all good while it falls completely apart.” 😉
It’s your content and we get to read it for free. Thank you for doing it.
Too bad it just introduced a step in my reading process…
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