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Meet Melanie Kaminski of LA Explorer in Long Beach Area

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Kaminski.

Melanie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Throughout my adult life I’ve been an explorer. During my free time I travel around Southern California discovering all its unique spots. As such, I’ve long been the go to person among my friends on family for tips on where to go in the area. A few years ago I was laid off from my job and during my unemployment I decided to compile these tips in a blog. I ended up loving writing so much that I continued the blog once I went back to work and I still regularly update it.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since I consider my blog a hobby rather than a job it’s been a relatively smooth road. Of course, I do encounter the occasional bout of writer’s block and I use this period to take a breather. So far, I’ve always been able to overcome it and start writing again.

LA Explorer – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I write a blog called LA Explorer where I write about my adventures in Southern California and beyond. I have three passions – the region I live in, classic film and travel and write about all three regularly. Everything I write about I personally experience and provide firsthand knowledge of. Whether it’s a restaurant, museum, hotel or film festival I’m providing an overview of my experience there. I consider my blog a sort of travel guide. For so long I would hear about places and not find any useful information about them online. I consider myself the reader’s guinea pig – I went and checked it out and now I’ve provided you useful information so you will go see it and know what to expect. I think a definite unique aspect of my site is the focus on classic film. I love Old Hollywood and live in the perfect place to explore its history so I want to present that corner of LA to others.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
When I run into a person and they’ve let me know my blog has inspired them to visit a certain location – that’s true success. That’s all I want to do – get people out there exploring. When they report back that’s what they’ve done I’m really happy.

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