Collective begging on Canal St.
Happy Lundi Gras, y’all!
With so many people traveling to New Orleans to see the majestic city at its finest this Mardi Gras season, I’d like to put forth my two cents of travel advice as a NOLA native. If any of you wandering party-seekers out there are trying to see NOLA like a local for little while, then you should check out any (or all) of my six Gogobot travel guides below. I have curated restaurants, hotels, and attractions into guides tailored for whatever kind of experience you’re looking for – whether you’re a backpacker, a student, a history buff, a spiritual seeker (can you say voodoo?!), a foodie, or a local culture enthusiast.
You can also take a gander at this listing of each parade’s schedule and route and then stop by any of the places nearby that I’d recommended in my guide(s). It’ll likely be the wisest decision you’ll make this Mardi Gras season. ;)
Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer!
She looked at my travel guides and was this ecstatic with the advice. (You could be this happy too!)
Let the arrow guide your soul somewhere meaningful.
Got some amazing news this morning, folks. Gogobot has decided to show another one of my New Orleans travel guides some immense publicity love. They sent out their weekly newsletter this morning - which goes out to more than 3.7 million people - with a direct link to my featured “More than Marie (Laveau) – The Voodoo Guide for Supernatural Seekers” guide. The email even mentioned me by name (which you’ll find casually noted in the image above).
Even better, with Mardi Gras day only a week away, the festivities in New Orleans are starting to ramp up, and even more locals and tourists may discover my guide(s). So please view and share with anyone and everyone going down to NOLA for Mardi Gras who wants to live like a local for a little while.
Image credit: Satanoid / Flickr
Which pierced your soul first, his eyes or his words?
In honor of another successful year for me in the “stay alive” game, I’ve researched which other writers share my February 14th birth date. I discovered that Rob Thomas, the lead singer and songwriter of Matchbox Twenty, and I have a Valentine’s birthday in common, so here’s what I think is his most poetic (and beautiful) song, “You Won’t Be Mine,” for your enjoyment. (Click here to read the lyrics as well.)
Oh, and be sure to catch that first minute of the video below where Rob explains how he can write terribly depressing song lyrics while living a mostly happy life. Good stuff right there, kids.
Can you say Poboy Fest with a mouth full of local sammitch?
A month ago, on a whim, I replied to a random Craigslist ad that was seeking travel writers. And since Craigslist is always a coin toss, I was pleasantly surprised shortly after to be awarded a contract from a legit, new, travel guide company – Gogobot.
These guys are beefing up their site’s content with travel advice and insights from locals all over the world, and they asked me to contribute to their New Orleans section. Gogobot also tailors all its travel guides and reviews to different “tribes” of travelers, which is awesome because this lets any type of traveler find the kind of experience they long for in any city they visit.
I’ve since written a total of 6 guides for Gogobot, covering restaurants, hotels, and attractions tailored for the Local Culture, History Buffs, Foodies, Backpackers, Students, and even Spiritual tribes. (Also, grateful shouts out to many friends for introducing me to these places over the years.) I’ll share more of these in the coming weeks, but Gogobot tweeted about one of my guides earlier today, so I’m sharing that one as well. Happy travels to you all, and if you know anyone visiting (or living) in New Orleans from today onward, please share my guide(s) with them!
Friends, poets, hip-hop heads, rappers, wordsmiths, and music lovers,
I just had my first article published on Thought Catalog. It’s about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis winning a couple of The GRAMMYs and why that happening isn’t the death knell for hip-hop and rap.
My thoughts and feelings on this whole subject were far more complex than I initially expected, and I’m proud of the final product. Please read the whole article (linked below), and if you agree or disagree, please say so in the comments section beneath the article itself.
Many thanks in advance for your thoughtful opinions and discussion, and I encourage you to continue them.
In Defense Of The Great Grammy Heist: Why Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead Because Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Won | Thought Catalog
Original photo by oldtropes (Flickr)
Good news! I’ve been welcomed into the fold of the Neon Observatory‘s thinkers, writers, and (of course) life observers.
As the blog’s about page says, “Discussion on all topics is encouraged: culture, fashion, food, film, music, paintings, poetry, video art, video games, writing, LGBTQI issues, or just whatever is on your mind,” so I’ll be trying to spread my creative wings some more. I’ve since shared (slightly revised) versions of some of my poetry with that community of readers, and I’ll surely be adding more writing in the future.
Head on over there to check out my words, as well as the thoughts and observations of some other pretty cool cats.
Original Atlanta skyline photo by user apple.white2010 (Flickr).
While researching how to grow support organically for a crowdfunding campaign, I came up with this idea that’s (in my humble opinion) hinting at genius. I decided to take simple, digital cross-promotion one step further and to extend it into the real world. So now I’m organizing the first ever Atlanta Kickstarter Gathering on behalf of The Acorn’s Kickstarter project to rally all the local Kickstarter projects in the greater Atlanta area.
The seed of the idea came from a single conversation with a true genius, Jacob Weiss, from whom I learned the concept of “coopertition,” which is when competitive people or companies cooperate with each other to reach a higher level of success or value together than if they had attempted to go it alone.
In that vein, there’s no reason why our individual Kickstarter projects should have to feel isolated in fundraising for their various projects, especially when there’s a community of like-minded folks quietly surrounding them. Plus, we could all stand to benefit from some cross-promotion, and the best way to do this is to share our words, ideas, and networks with each other.
So if you live around Atlanta and are interested in networking with fellow crowdfunders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, swing on by and come get to know us as we get to know each other.
(Click here, or on the image above to see all the event details.)