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How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:57 am

To my first TR only one user replied. Granted, it had no pics and wasn't spectacular at all, but still I'm disappointed.

This has discouraged me from writing another one.

So I want to ask you: How successful was your first TR, and did you write other TRs after your first one ? How successful were those ?

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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:11 am

Have to say I rather like writing trip reports, there is a limit though. I think I've written enough trip reports on BA Club World between LHR and IAD so no longer bother! If I try a new combination of airline, route or class of travel then I'll write a report otherwise it is just a repeat.

My first report was: BA Club World: LHR-SFO-LHR September 2004 (by Fbgdavidson Oct 13 2004 in Trip Reports) - 5000 views and 17 replies

I have gone on to write another 15 reports most unremarkable alhtough a couple of my reports seems to have a fair bit of staying power: BA First: London Heathrow-Washington (with Pics) (by Fbgdavidson Oct 4 2005 in Trip Reports) - 22,300 views and 79 replies. (4th most viewed report in A.net history)
BA First: LHR-CPT-LHR (w/pics + Video) (by Fbgdavidson Feb 23 2006 in Trip Reports) - 12,700 views and 54 replies. (18th most viewed in a.net history)

This is partly skewed by the fact some people email me about my reports (usually not a.net members) and ask questions and I feel for the sake of completeness they are best served in the thread themselves so they are occasionally bumped.
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:40 am

First time I wrote a TR was when I flew from Norway to Manila in december. I did not include pictures, but still got quite a lot of nice replies. This encouraged me to write another TR about my flight to North Daktoa, also starting out in Norway, that I took very recently. I included pictures this time, but few people responded, so I felt the effort was not quite worth it this time. However, this might because my TR was a pretty standard economy class report which I figure most people know about anyway. It is not like those fancy business class or first class reports with pictures of delicious food, fully-reclined seats etc. Also, I took quite a lot of pictures in CPH, but two other people posted trip reports featuring pics of CPH just few days before I posted mine, and, admittedly, my pictures were not as nice as theirs. I intend to write another TR when I go back to the Phils in december again though, but I hope this report becomes more popular than the last one  Smile
 
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:51 am

Took a while for people to start replying to mine but it took off after a while and I had a good run of them (19 in all) but there is only so much you can say about NZ domestic flights, unless something funny or weird happens, so I haven't done any for a while.

The "read by" count is as important as the replies.

No pics and unspectacular won't get you many replies, a.netters have high expectations.

BUT...if you put some of your thoughts and emotions into it and try to go beyond "Gate 4, FA was hot, FL360, departed at 13:15 + 20 secs, TSA Morons" mindset it will get those like me, who crave the oddball TR's, responding.

NO PICS OF FOOD!!!!!!! The people who get off on these scare me!!

Keep at it, hone your craft and make your mark.

Failing that, fly a 727 or 707 in Africa or Iran....guarranteed to get a response or 10!!!
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:29 am

Hi

I have been put off writing a trip report by the lack of feedback from other A.Netters, you see loads of people read them, but, hardly anyone seems to leave feedback, if they do, it seems to consist of " great trip report" and the like.

Hardly inspiring

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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:58 am

So far first and only:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/55255

read 2966 times, 9 posts.

Sorry, but I took the pics down..
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:26 am

Quoting A342 (Thread starter):
To my first TR only one user replied. Granted, it had no pics and wasn't spectacular at all, but still I'm disappointed.

Same here my friend, but usually the more spectacular the TR, the better the response rate. Having pics and videos help tremendously.

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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:27 am

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 3):
The "read by" count is as important as the replies.

I know, and I was also disappointed because of that. When the report was at the bottom of the first page, it seemed that it was the report that the smallest number of people had read.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 3):
No pics and unspectacular won't get you many replies, a.netters have high expectations.



Quoting DeltaGuy767 (Reply 6):
Same here my friend, but usually the more spectacular the TR, the better the response rate.

I also knew that before, but I don't know if I should bother writing another one, particularly as nothing spectacular is on the horizon.
Only some time after I had flown MUC-JFK-SFO-LAS-IAD-MUC I became a member of a.net. I decided not to write this TR, don't know why.

But I finally took the time to write this one:
MUC-BRU-MUC On SN (by A342 Apr 20 2006 in Trip Reports)

Now I think another headline would have helped.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 3):
BUT...if you put some of your thoughts and emotions into it and try to go beyond "Gate 4, FA was hot, FL360, departed at 13:15 + 20 secs, TSA Morons" mindset it will get those like me, who crave the oddball TR's, responding.

At least I tried:

"This time check-in took a while. We went straight to the departure area. A check of passports and boarding cards followed. Where is security ? I asked myself. Should BRU really be a dream for both pax and terrorists ?

We walked back the long way that we already knew. But then security came. I went through the metal detector and beep, off it went. The security guy said: "We´ll do a search with you" and it was done quite properly. My parents could hardly prevent laughing. I wanted to ask the guy how they could even consider a 15-year old boy a terrorist, but then I thought I´d better shut up. Wink "
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Wed Jun 14, 2006 6:43 am

Quoting A342 (Reply 7):
particularly as nothing spectacular is on the horizon.

Spectacular is a bad thing when flying, boring is good, it gives time for character assasinations and flights of fantasy about your fellow pax, such as.

"But the flight was marred by a constant nudging and poking from behind me as some over-achiever wrestled with the minutiae of industrial growth management or some such boring stuff and there isn’t much room on the tray tables so his portfolio kept digging me in the spine. I didn’t look back to see who it was but built up a mental image of some OCD Accountant with a fetish for green pencils, scribbling furiously… at one point a rhythmic pulsing started and I was convinced he was masturbating…all mental images stopped immediately and I concentrated instead on the earthy beauty of NZ flight attendants and the wonderfully, chainsaw-raucous tone of their voices, a cracked, husky and ultimately sexy (to me) lilt that has a suggestion of late nights, whiskey and a no-nonsense down to earth sensuality. "

Let your mind wander and seize the the Zen moment of oneness with your fellow travellers.

Quoting A342 (Reply 7):
I wanted to ask the guy how they could even consider a 15-year old boy a terrorist, but then I thought I´d better shut up. "

That was a very wise thing to do! I wanted to transit LAX going AKL-LAX-LHR with my right hand in plaster so they can't take my fingerprints properly but felt this would end up with me being sent back to AKL.  Smile
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Wed Jun 14, 2006 6:57 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):
My first report was:
BA Club World: LHR-SFO-LHR September 2004 (by Fbgdavidson Oct 13 2004 in Trip Reports) - 5000 views and 17 replies

I have gone on to write another 15 reports most unremarkable alhtough a couple of my reports seems to have a fair bit of staying power:
BA First: London Heathrow-Washington (with Pics) (by Fbgdavidson Oct 4 2005 in Trip Reports) - 22,300 views and 79 replies. (4th most viewed report in A.net history)

BA First: LHR-CPT-LHR (w/pics + Video) (by Fbgdavidson Feb 23 2006 in Trip Reports) - 12,700 views and 54 replies. (18th most viewed in a.net history)

Hmmm - do we detect a pattern here ? Somebody is taking the notion of "loyalty program" a little too seriously. Live a little, how about flying on *gasp* an airline that ISN'T British Airways ? Or will your hard-wired Telegraph-reading brain blow a fuse at the notion ?

(just kidding ! I'm sure you read Private Eye as well, like a good cynic  Wink)

I am waiting to get my pictures back from my Indian Ocean marathon - if they are reasonable, I may astound the masses with a literary oeuvre of my own. No promises, mind.
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:19 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 9):
Hmmm - do we detect a pattern here ? Somebody is taking the notion of "loyalty program" a little too seriously. Live a little, how about flying on *gasp* an airline that ISN'T British Airways ? Or will your hard-wired Telegraph-reading brain blow a fuse at the notion ?

The choices make me sweat a little much. UA C? VS J? AA via JFK?  Wow!.... Wink

Either way BA give me pretty good benefits so why bother flying an airline where I have no status?
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:36 am

My first and second trip report was a failure, then my third and fourth got one reply altogether, but the one reply was good. I could probably figure why it didnt recieve anymore as the title was simply 'SIN-DEL'

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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:23 am

My first trip report was somewhat popular with 9 comments and 2600 views. It was a special trip since it was on United in Transpacific First Class. However it wasn't that great compared to my current ones. I now include a lot more detail and sometimes post pictures.

Nowadays I only write trip reports for tips that I feel are special. That usually means that they are in first or business class, long haul, or on a unique airline. My good trip repots tend to average 2,000-5,000 views, but the number of comments widely varies. I personally like hearing feedback and try to offer it on the trip reports that I do read. A good trip report takes a long time to write, so it is polite to offer feedback in my opinion.

My most popular trip report in terms of number of views was my trip on Hooters Air that has over 10,000 views, but still only 13 comments. The most number of comments that I have had is 30 about a recent trip on Aeroflot.
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:34 am

My first trip report was about a trip with LH and UA from Germany to San Francisco and back and it had like 7 responses, which were pretty positive.
My latest trip report is also my most succesful one, it is about a trip from europe to Hawaii and it has 35 responses so far (I do not think that any more are coming, since it is at the bottom of the page).
I put a lot of effort into it and it really paid off, it is a lot of fun, writing those reports and getting the chance to share experiences with other people.

If anyone is interested, here you go: Europe-Hawaii, 3 Airlines, Lots Of Pics (by LH492 Apr 5 2006 in Trip Reports)

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 12):
The most number of comments that I have had is 30 about a recent trip on Aeroflot.

I read this one and I found it awesome, I also read your report about the trip with LH in first class from IND-ORD-FRA-PRG and even left a comment  Wink
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:28 am

My first one was very short with no pics so it didn't compare to others. I can admit that  Silly

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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:51 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 10):
Either way BA give me pretty good benefits so why bother flying an airline where I have no status?

It's not about status - if you are a true red-blooded anorak, you should be keen to try other airlines, if only to confirm your worst suspicions about them. OK if you will insist on going to Washington, yes your choices are limited. You could always (and here's a radical concept) ermmm go somewhere else ? I suppose you are a bit blighted having to fly from LON - no fun selection of European capitals to hub through. I used to travel a lot from NCE to BOS, and I had a huge choice, and tried them all, pretty much. LHR (BA), LGW (VS), AMS (NW), CDG (AF), JFK(DL), ZRH (LX), FRA/MUC(LH), MXP (AZ) - some were MUCH worse than others, but it's all educational.
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Thu Jun 15, 2006 4:12 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 15):
It's not about status - if you are a true red-blooded anorak, you should be keen to try other airlines, if only to confirm your worst suspicions about them. OK if you will insist on going to Washington, yes your choices are limited. You could always (and here's a radical concept) ermmm go somewhere else ? I suppose you are a bit blighted having to fly from LON - no fun selection of European capitals to hub through. I used to travel a lot from NCE to BOS, and I had a huge choice, and tried them all, pretty much. LHR (BA), LGW (VS), AMS (NW), CDG (AF), JFK(DL), ZRH (LX), FRA/MUC(LH), MXP (AZ) - some were MUCH worse than others, but it's all educational.

Well since the girlfriend (now wife) lived in the area I'd probably have been given grief for avoiding the place on a regular basis  biggrin 

Either way I'm a creature of habit and so change isn't a good thing! I grew up flying BA to LAX between four and nine times a year and when I started my own flying career I carried on flying them. I liked BA so stuck to it, as the saying goes 'If it ain't broke don't fix it'  Smile

I guess I'm not a very good anorak, which is a good thing  Wink
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:24 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 16):
I guess I'm not a very good anorak, which is a good thing

Hmmm - base and immoral confessions like that are grounds for immediate and sustained banning !! Stone the blasphemer !

Seriously though, there are other good ones out there that you might like, and lets face it your gold FQTV status with BA is in no danger whatever happens. Live dangerously  Smile
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:28 am

First Report - Emirates Airlines A330-200 LHR - DXB (by BritPilot777 Nov 28 2005 in Trip Reports)

Most Popular - BA LHR - SFO Business 744 (by BritPilot777 Jan 21 2006 in Trip Reports)

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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:52 am

My first and only trip report is this one (Sorry my pics are no longer there): BWI-SNN-DUB On Aer Lingus EI118 (Pics Included) (by Btriple7 Sep 10 2005 in Trip Reports)
10 Replies (Not including my own) and read 1185 times, not bad if you ask me.

Anyway, one trip report that sticks out in my mind is this one: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics) (by Soups Aug 28 2005 in Trip Reports)
This was Soups's first trip report. 37 replies and read 2421 times. That's pretty good for a first trip report. I don't know why I like this one so much. I think it is because it is out of the ordinary and is well written. Two thumbs up, Soups.  bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 

LAX, LHR, JFK, FRA threads get rather boring after a while. I usually only read them if I am about to take a trip and want to find out what the airlines/airports are like.

Pictures do not always make the report better, but they do keep the reader's attention more. A well written report sometimes does not need pictures. If you're not a gifted writer, however, pics do always help.

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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:23 pm

I have only written 4 airliners.net trip reports.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/28260
Only got about 590 replies; a bit annoying considering the effort I put into it.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/68594

Being the most popular with just over 2900 replies.

They are bloody hard to write; you really need to take a note pad with you to write down all the important details. Pictures also help.

I enjoy reading a good trip report, more exotic the airline the better. I am also interested in why people went on holiday, so I want more than just the flights themselves.

[Edited 2006-06-19 13:37:24]
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Tue Jun 20, 2006 3:37 am

Quoting BNE (Reply 20):
Being the most popular with just over 2900 replies.

You surely mean views, don't you ?  Wink
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RE: How Successful Was Your 1st Trip Report?

Mon Jun 26, 2006 7:46 pm

Quoting A342 (Reply 21):
You surely mean views, don't you ?

Of course, and I should have been more specific, my most popular viewed trip report, nothing is going to come to Mirrodie's trip report. The Concorde Experience In Minute Detail (by Mirrodie Apr 15 2003 in Trip Reports)
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