Yesterday, my sister called me and told me that a friend of hers called her to tell her that my Bed and Breakfast was featured in Houzz in an article called Atlanta for Design Lovers.
If you don’t know Houzz, it is an online design magazine that features high resolution photos of cool designs. About a month ago, I was interviewed by one of their writers and then promptly forgot all about it.
I started the Bed and Breakfast in 2009 about the same time that I started New Tricks. Our kids were all grown up and moved on and we had this great space that needed to be shared.
I wasn’t sure I would like it so we kind of tried it out without a lot of fanfare. But it has worked out well as an additional source of income and that helps to take care of our property. Not only that, but we have really great guests.
Last week, we had a guest from Australia who was visiting her daughter in the neighborhood. At the same time, a friend of mine stayed over a few nights while she was avoiding a real life stalker who was actually apprehended at her home on her last night staying with me.
At the same time, we were also hosting Syed Balkhi, editor of WPBeginner, who was in town to speak at the local Bloggers Meetup. I love when we have WordPress folks stay here. I had some great talks with Syed about everything WordPress.
I often get phone calls from telemarketers saying that they could help me get number one in a Google search. I tell them I could do this myself if I wanted to be number one in a Google search, but actually I want the Urban Oasis to be about number 13 so that it appears on the second page.
My strategy here is to be that place people have to hunt a minute to find, and then feel like they have stumbled upon an amazing but well kept secret. This strategy helps to attract our “right” people.
We want people who know they want to experience real living in Urban Atlanta rather than someone who just needs a room.
What I know for sure is. . . there is never a dull moment around here