Who are you, and why do you love Memphis so much?
My name is Kerry Crawford, and I'm a native Memphian. I left for a while (to go to school at Ball State – go Cards!), but I moved back a few years ago. I love Memphis because it's unlike anywhere else. It's a place full of opportunity and personality and spirit. There's always something to do here, and the people in this town are incredible.
What's your real job?
You're looking at it. This blog (and all of the social networks related to it) is my real job. I work full time for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.
If you're getting paid to love Memphis, how can I know that your love is for real?
I assure you, it is. All of the editorial decisions on this blog are mine. I choose what stories to write, and they're not reviewed by my employer prior to posting. All of the opinions stated here are my own.
So, you just drive around and eat and explore the city all day?
Yeah, pretty much. And then I write about it.
You blog about food a lot. How are you not 500 pounds?
Roller derby. Lots and lots of roller derby.
Loving Memphis seems to be a 24/7 job. When do you sleep?
Between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., usually.
How many people write and take photos for I Love Memphis?
Most of the writing and photos are taken by me. My intern writes occasionally, and I publish guest posts from other local writers.
I'd like to write a guest post for I Love Memphis. How do I do that?
All you have to do is ask. Before you do, though, know that the guest posts that get chosen for publication are the ones that are about positive Memphis things, ideas or experiences. These stories are personal, but appeal to the city as a whole. Meaning, I'm more likely to publish your story about your recent experience doing volunteer work in Memphis than I am to publish a story about what you did over the weekend.
I want to tell you about something cool in town / my band / my event / my product. What sorts of stories are you looking for?
The best way to figure out what stories I'm interested in would be to look at past posts. Generally, this is the criteria I use for determining whether or not to post about something:
1. Is it Memphis related? (If not, there's a very good chance it won't get a mention)
2. Is it timely?
3. Is it something I find compelling?
4. Is it something that my readership will care about?
I'd like to talk to you / pitch a story to you / send you something. How can I contact you?
The best way to contact me is by email. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail at 47 Union Ave, Memphis, Tenn. 38104. .