I discovered the site about 2 months ago and got pretty obsessed. I’m a professional/semi-professional freelance writer so I wanted to write for the site but it looked like there wasn’t a (very easy) way to write for the site for money, so I backed off that route.
I used the site to plan a day trip, and mostly I really loved obsessively going through places I’d been and filling out my map. I loved looking at the map and seeing the pattern of where I’d been and reminiscing as well as searching in the cities I’d been in to see the places I’d been and missed.
But now that I’ve filled out the whole thing and searched all the places, there’s not as much to do. One of the main things I do is click on the newly added places. I like to see how the map is changing (like maybe some stuff will come into the midwest or the northeast or Australia) and maybe there’ll be some new place I went to. And many of the place entries are interesting.
I don’t really read the articles, partially out of bitterness that the articles editorial team hasn’t done a good job at even telling me why my pitches miss the mark and what they approve is erratic, and partially because it;s not as geography focused and other sites like history channel do a better job of the articles section.
Two things that might have kept this site longer:
-I wanted to see how many places others had been to in comparison but that’s not as easy a feature on this site but it seems like others don’t fill out the places out. I’ve been to 189 places and I’m nowhere near the most well-travelled person on my list of friends
-The discussion board isn’t as active as I’d like-