Balance and Beginners


Ok, so the title isn’t the best, but I couldn’t figure out a better title.


I am finding more and more, that I’m encountering folks–good folks–that hear of our great hobby and want to find to learn more. Personally, I’d love to point them right here, but lets be honest, I’m not really writing for the beginner. Thinking about this, I’m not sure if its because (1) I’m not good at writing beginner guides, (2) I don’t want to be just another “beginner” blog, or (3) There are other great options, like KennyFrequentMiler and One Mile at a Time (ironically “Start Here” is common). I’m sure there are more guides out there, but those are just a subset.

The Quandry

So for me the challenge is: do I write rehash what’s already been written by (likely) smarter folks than I?

The Answer

I can’t bring myself to do it. For those of you who are new to the points game that have found Tagging Miles, Welcome! Comment on this post, or e-mail me, and I would be happy to point you to greater minds to help get you started. It may not be the right answer, but I think its the better answer. My goal is to offer new content, with the occasional remarkable findings that have existed since 2009, and really try to offer a different perspective on things.

Your thoughts

I really appreciate your thoughts. What do you think? Should I work on some beginner tutorials? or leave it to the pros?

2 thoughts on “Balance and Beginners

  1. I have a default email I send to any friends who are curious. Of the “guide for beginners” I’ve read, the one that stands out the most with its caution and clarity is Rick Ingersoll’s at FTG. I don’t respect Rick, but it’s a good (bit dated) guide.

    • @Harvson3 – Thanks! I respect that. I find it increasingly hard to write for beginners without fully laying out the risks, so having another good resource to point folks to, in my opinion is the right move.

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