I booked the trip to Virginia for the opening of Intimidator at Kings Dominion. I really flip-flopped on it, but Diana encouraged me to go. All things considered, I'll be gone for only about 30 hours, but I didn't want to leave Diana and Simon, even though her aunt will be here.
As part of my re-evaluation of what I was doing with CoasterBuzz last year, I started scrutinizing what I was spending money on. The biggest story last year was within driving distance (Diamondback), so travel expenses were not huge. The only real travel expense I had was to Fall Affair. But this year's big story is Intimidator, and I'd like to deliver for it. The question was really what kind of return on that investment I'd get.
Generating content still has an expense, and as much as I love roller coasters, I can't easily let it dominate my life, as I have way too many other things I'm interested in (not to mention a family now). The journalistic aspect is still what I dig, given my education, and it's getting easier to produce high quality stuff. The audience is too small to really generate the kind of revenue to live off of and finance content, software and bandwidth, so at the end of the day I have to ask myself what I love and what meets the budget.
But you know, I also need a roller coaster ride. My last one is Space Mountain in December. This is probably the best I can do until we get to the fall events.