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It is no secret that there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of mile and points blogs on the internet. Many of them are concerning general topics of travel and miles and points. Then there are many more that are niche blogs (such as dealing with a specific airline, earning techniques, traveling for a specific purpose, targeting a specific kind of traveler, etc).
So, what niche does Running with Miles fit? If you guessed running you would be right! 🙂 I started writing Running with Miles in 2011 because I did not see any type of travel blog that was devoted to helping the runner run more races in more places for less. Running is an incredibly healthy hobby. It can also be very cheap – a pair of running shoes and some clothes and you are ready to go! However, once you start entering races, the costs can climb quickly! When you begin to travel to races, the cost really climbs. After speaking to a large number of marathon runners (specifically) and reading race reports of others, I found that it was not uncommon for marathoners to spend around $3,000 annually on their hobby. The large portion of that amount was related to travel. So, I found myself helping many of my running friends and others to get to races and bring that figure a bit under control. That was how Running with Miles was born – I was trying to put the same information on one page that I had found myself repeating over and over. I never thought I would have written so many posts – I also did not realize how many people I would be able to help!
What about other aspects?
The biggest problem with niche blogs is trying to meet the needs of all readers. Believe it or not, not all the readers of Running with Miles are runners. As such, I try to find ways to meet all my readers’ desires as much as possible. That is why you may find some travel related posts on here from time to time (or personal travel accounts) that are not directly related to running. I will continue to do everything I can to find topics that help both the experience traveling runner as well as the aspiring runner as my main point of focus. However, I will also do my best to help all readers to the best of my ability.
How to serve all readers?
Which brings me to the main point of this post – there are definitely other bloggers (especially here on Boarding Area) that are more of aspects in certain types of travel (such as Ben @ One Mile a Time on award bookings and premium cabins, Gary @ View from the Wing with overall travel industry news and detailed travel information, Greg @ Frequent Miler with mile and point earnings, and Summer @ Mommy Points with family travel to name a few). I will do the best I can to cover all relevant travel information that I can but there are many times that some travel bloggers will cover something in greater detail and with greater knowledge than I possess on a topic. So, I will have occasional posts on Mile and Point Roundup that will list all such posts that I believe may be of interest to my readers.
There are some topics that are written about at other blogs that I have not covered in the past because I did not believe they were of pertinent interest to my area of focus. However, I recognize that I do have some readers who only follow one or two blogs. I do not want those readers to miss out on deals that they would value because they do not follow a host of travel blogs. So, it is my desire to have these Mile and Point Roundup posts to help all my readers benefit and be able to find information they may desire.