|New Orleans Museum of Art across Big Lake, City Park, New Orleans, LA|
Your typical B&B blog will list recipes and things going on the area at the time, and list things, just things. Blogs that list things are good for SEO traffic (SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization). Now, regular readers know that I shy away from publishing recipes, schedules and reprinting things that you can find somewhere else. I don't do this because I want to rank low in Google searches, but more because I don't find blogs that do that very interesting. I have a confession to make: I don't read a lot of other B&B blogs. I don't find them very interesting.
How interesting you find our blog is a matter of taste. I write it, and I'll take my chances whether you find it worth your time. Some days are better than others. I admit it.
|Sign for the Fair Grounds Race Track, New Orleans, LA|
We are a ten minute walk to the Fair Grounds Race Track. This is important for people who like to play the ponies (opening day is Thanksgiving Day, an important milestone on the New Orleans calendar) and it is important for people who want to go to Jazz Fest. We are located in an ideal location for people who want to go to Jazz Fest. We still have a few suites available for the last weekend next year. We request a four night minimum stay during Jazz Fest. Why? Because we like people who are serious about coming to the festival. Next year we are hosting a couple who got married at Jazz Fest and are coming to celebrate their anniversary. We're looking forward to it. We trust they are, too.
|Oak trees in City Park, New Orleans, LA|
Some B&B blogs will talk about restaurants in the area and specials that are running. I don't mind talking about restaurants, but Frau Schmitt and I tend to do that in person. We talk about it over breakfast. We've been to over 250 restaurants in New Orleans. That gives us plenty of fodder for conversation, not that there isn't anything else to talk about.
Regular readers know that I tend to just write about whatever catches my fancy at the moment. I try to give you an idea of what it is like to live in New Orleans. It's my perspective, skewed as it may be sometimes.
Some people expect that Hallowe'en is a big holiday here. I've never found it to be. The big holiday in New Orleans is Mardi Gras. Hallowe'en? It's up there with Thanksgiving. It's important and it's celebrated, but it's not that big a fuss. If you want it to be, it can be, of course. Like anything, Hallowe'en is what you make of it.
|Dis and Dat, Banks Street, New Orleans, LA|
The guy who owns Dat Dog knows what he's doing and the location on Banks Street ensures that it will be busy. It's a block away from where the new VA and LSU hospitals are being built. That's prime real estate though the neighborhood looks a little crummy right now. It will change for the better, the way most things are sprucing up in New Orleans.
So, if you landed on this page for advice on how to write a B&B blog, I hope I haven't disappointed you too, too much. I haven't included any tips or lists of topics to cover or any how-to advice at all. We call this showing not telling in the trade. If you've landed on this page looking for a New Orleans B&B with a little personality, where the hosts do things a little differently, well look at the title of this blog, not at the title of this post. I can recommend a unique boutique inn where you can stay if you're planning a visit to our fair city. We live in a wonderful neighborhood as a perusal of our blog's archives will show.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.