Since the beginning of 2023, we really started contemplating whether this 10 year anniversary post was going to be our last. As the year went on, it really felt like Pointshogger was coming to an end. But more on this later.
For now, what a ride it has been fun leading up to this day. After over 2,000 posts, we made it to our 10 year anniversary today on post 2,138! It has been a long journey since the first post. Towards the end of 2022, we were discussing how to celebrate the anniversary. Several ideas were brainstormed, in the end, we decided to keep everything online, starting with a new layout earlier this year, along with getting a byline through our interview series.
We tried to make this a year long online celebration, by starting with refreshing our layout. Even though we revamped our site, this will always be a work in progress (if we continue…). Feel free to let us know in the comment section below if there are any functions on our site that could use some tweaking. Personally I find the new site smoother to navigate and easier to find key information.
From April 2023 onward, we started interviewing as many people as we could connect with. Each of them answering a question regarding our 10-year theme.
We started the year with the top current Canadian miles and points bloggers, starting with the OG himself, Patrick Sojka, founder of Rewards Canada. Personally, I feel that he really laid the groundwork for other Canadian bloggers to follow.
Then we featured the OG French Canadian blogger, Milesopedia who has expanded exponentially since they started. We continued with the high flying Frugal Flyer who took off rather quickly! We round out the top 4 out of 5 Canadian bloggers with Points Miles and Bling who has grown exponentially since we first met him at the 2016 Points University. We missed out on Prince of Travel this year, as his schedule became too packed, but we did catch him last year ahead of their YUL Signature Event.
Also a big shout out to the following companies who also participated in the celebration in chronological order:
- Our longtime partners at Fintel Connect had a chance to share their business model with us.
- HSBC had a 1,000,000 bonus points offer.
- ASMALLWORLD introduced themselves to the world.
- Neo Financial introduced their 15% cash back offer.
- Expedia on expanding to their services.
- CIBC simplified their Aventura program to make it more user friendly.
- AIR MILES enhanced its travel booking platform.
It has been an amazing year for our interview series. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts with us regarding our 10 year anniversary (read interviews by clicking on the links above).
We are always open to expanding the series, which seems to have made us a bit unique in the miles and points world. So if you would like to participate, please reach out to set one up!
Back to the idea of this being our last post. If you have followed us, especially the first 5 years (between 2013 – 2018) when we posted at least once a day, you may have noticed a big difference in activity over the past several years. We do understand that some readers were hoping for more content and greater presence from us, even just to keep up. We completely understand when readers felt the need to move on to get more relevant information from more active bloggers. Seeing so many other bloggers (mentioned above) really carrying the torch and even growing the community made it easier for us to see people move on. At least we know that you will get the information elsewhere, so no hard feelings!
At this very moment, we are hoping that we will have the energy to embark on the next 10 years. I’m not sure what the future holds and where life will take us. For now, the plan is to take things day-by-day. So our last post will be delayed indefinitely, but it can come at any time too. That being said, I can at least tell you what we are anticipating going forward. The slowdown in the frequency of our posts will surely continue and it may slow down even more (like in September 2023). But every now and then, you may see a blitz of content being generated in a short period of time (like the first half of this month, October 2023).
Finally, we just want to give a big THANK YOU for all the readers who have to visit our site over the years, even if you come only one time before. From the bottom of our hearts, we really appreciate every second that you spend at Pointshogger and wish you all the best!
Co-Founders Matt and Viola