What Do We Do???

Lately, alot of people have been struggling to figure out exactly what it is we do.  We’re not sure why this is so difficult to understand it’s basically all written out for you, literally, at raannt.com.  “No, but what do you guys do?”, they ask. Oh, that. Well, we do have full time obligations outside of raannt, but for the most part, we have turned our passion into a full time career.  We interview certain celebrities who we find interesting, we review music, style and other things related to pop culture.  But that’s not what your really asking…You want to know what a typical day looks like for us…

Well, if you’re not counting Alex being in school or Peter being in his office, here’s what it looks like…

Sleep til 10 or 11 and then immediately get coffee at Starbucks.  Alex drinks a Venti Green Iced Tea-Unsweetened and Peter either drinks a Venti Coffee with two shots and two equal or a venti six shot iced Americano…If you buy us Starbucks gift cards we’ll love your forever!

Then we pull ourselves together, showering, getting dressed, straightening up the house from the day before.  We also have three dogs who are our children; Dunken(who we call PP), Tucker and Boo Radley.

After those things are taken care of we head downstairs to our office, which is our dining room outfitted with two computers facing each other at a huge eight foot, old dining room table.  Our “desk” is covered with iPads, iPods, notepads, pens, binders, post-it notes, highlighters and all kinds of stuff to make it look like we’re extremely busy.

Next…we check our ratings and analytics for the day.

And then…emails.  Ok, we’re not sure how many typical emails the average person gets but between our personal emails, requests from people to review their products, emails from PR reps, agents and managers, organizing travel and event attendance emails, as well as emails from all kinds of people who read our site just asking questions or saying hi, we get tons of emails.  We personally answer each email because it’s really important to us that we never lose sight of why we started this endeavor.

Although…we excitedly have plans for an assistant who we are currently working with and she will begin next summer!

During the afternoon, Alex goes to the gym while Peter returns phone calls or runs errands…Now, this should read, “Peter and Alex hit the gym every afternoon”, but that hasn’t been the case.  It is our plan, however, to get back to the gym routine again soon!

Late afternoon, early evening is spent on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, or scheduling certain posts as well as working on write-ups for the following day.

And then of course…the infamous nap.  Peter takes a 2-3 hour nap every day, while Alex watches tv or downloads music.

Followed by dinner, which is always out.  We do not cook.  Yes, we know how much money we’d save, but neither one of us cook and we both enjoy going out to dinner.  Usual haunts for us during the week are Puccini’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Eddie Met Salad or Yats.  Typically, dinner is spent on our phones, checking things and eating, while laughing and gossiping to each other.  We consider these business meetings.

If we have free time, we’ll watch a movie in the evenings or just lounge around with the dogs but if it is the night of a show we write about, or an event night(such as The Oscars or The Miss America Pageant), we’re busy Tweeting and writing.  Most nights, we’re up late together working on “raannt stuff”.  Alex always goes to bed by midnight, whereas Peter is up late, late…late, writing and working on stuff for the next day.

So…that’s what a typical day looks like…adding in Alex’s school career and job and Peter’s office hours and writing his book.

We are such busy little bee…but…not a day goes by that we don’t joke with each other, smile at each other, make out a little bit, pinch each other’s butts and remember how truly blessed and lucky we are to have such amazing lives! If we ever come across as arrogant, which we’ve been accused of in the last few years, that is not our intention.  We are simply proud of how hard we’ve worked and how far we’ve come.  People sometimes confuse pride with arrogance…something you’d think the gay community knows best by now…but that’s not the case.

So we just keep trudging along, now adding assistants and guest writers, and feeling blessed to have such awesome lives while we’re still living and healthy, because we’re all on borrowed time as it is. 

To those of you who have supported us along the way…thank you.  We consider you true friends and we will always have your back!

Til tomorrow..

Be Yourself.  Be Fearless.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury!

Don’t Ever Fit In! Be Your Damn Self!

I think what makes us fit is that we don’t fit.  We kind of groove to our own music and dance to our own beat.  Sure, we like some of the same things as everyone else; television shows, music and brands, but rarely do we ever find ourselves in a position where we feel like we fit perfectly.  And…it’s different for each of us.  While Alex feels much more comfortable dancing on stage to Britney Spears, I definitely feel much more comfortable in some low grade, bar with a small band playing in the corner…which I think is why I’m secretly in love with the new Gypsy Queens all of a sudden!

Alex is definitely the more outgoing of the two of us. In fact, sometimes I find myself hiding, literally, in his shadow.  Which is ok, because he enjoys the spotlight enough for both of us.  But even though he would say he “fits”, I sit and watch him downloading music and dancing to the thumping beats coming from his headphones and I realize he would be much happier on a yacht in Ibiza or in club in Las Vegas, mingling with DJ’s and discussing the newest stage of music.

Our differences are what make us fit…together. And those things that we enjoy, together, are the things that glue and cement the differences…like beautiful street art.

We both love staying up very late into the night, dancing when no one else is dancing, sweating and running to our car.  We love beaches and hot summers and laying by pools and doing nothing but shopping, eating great food and having great, loud conversations with our friends…all of us rosy cheeked from being burnt by the water that day.

I love Lana Del Rey, The Gypsy Queens and classic rock, like Led Zeppelin, from the 70’s.  He loves Britney Spears, EDM and Shakira.  He would never listen to country song, by his own choice, ever…but I know almost every word to every major country song.  He reads hilarious memoirs and I read espionage stories and pulp mysteries.  He could shop for hours in Louis Vuitton while I’m happiest in a vintage clothing or record store.

But when we lay there at night and look at one another right before we fall asleep…it works.

And that’s kind of what raannt is all about.  Making all of us work through our differences together.  Appreciating each others’ differences and learning new things from one another, educating and getting excited about things we never knew before! Hell, my introduction to an entire new world of Latin American culture is a huge example of this…but now I’m a lover of all things Latino…especially my men!

So maybe we can all start shutting up about our differences and begin to come together and dance a little bit more while we still have time!

Til tomorrow…

Be Yourself.  Be Fearless.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury!

Peter and Alex

 

 

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!

 

We took this picture four years ago.  At that time, we were just a normal, gay couple going out on dates and getting to know one another.  That following summer, we started a blog.  The purpose of the blog was to review local stuff that was going on in our hometown of Indianapolis and to try to bring more attention on local events.  We never imagined that raannt would turn into what it is today and the opportunities it has allowed us to enjoy.  Three years later we are a website dedicated to reviewing music, style and pop culture.  We have been able to interview tons of interesting celebrities, meet new friends and go to exciting places and events, all the while staying true to ourselves and being ourselves. It is due to our readers and the people who have supported us along the way that we have continued to grow, and we hope, will continue to grow to be able to offer cool and interesting content daily as well as the same amazing opportunities to our readers.

Recently, we’ve had to become a lot more businessy because as we’ve grown the need for a realistic business model and all that goes with that has become evident.  This last week we had our annual raannt meeting; three grueling hours reviewing past content, throwing out things that don’t work and taking the suggestions of our readers.  One thing became extremely evident to us during the meeting…we needed to return to a strict goal of interviewing and reviewing only those things that we love, not specifically things that were trending or relevant.  Who gives a fuck if we love a song that was popular three years ago…we’re posting it.  Who cares if no one has heard of a designer or a writer that we love…we’re posting it.  We also want to get back to being more personally, rather than politically, relevant in terms of issues like bullying, same sex marriage and lookism in the media.  Being ourselves, fearlessly, has been what has worked for us all along.

Since the beginning, we have not been popular with certain groups.  They have criticized and ignored us, calling us arrogant and cocky.  We’ve actually lost a few friends due to raannt.  Fortunately, what we’ve lost we’ve made up with tons of followers, fans and friends.  Nothing compares to a 50 year old man coming out or a teenager afraid to come out due to bullying, thanking us via an email, Tweet or Facebook message for being ourselves and encouraging them to do the same.  It happens daily and we are forever grateful for being part of their journey.  So…fuck the rest of the people.  As our friend Danny recently told us, “they hate you cuz they ain’t you!”.

As far as raannt, this is what you can expect.  We will be focusing only on music reviews, style posts, television/film reviews, celebrity interviews, SEXY lists and a new, weekend photo gallery.  We’ve had tons of readers suggest and ask us to write a daily blog, talking about our personal style of the day or whatever is going on in our lives and this too will begin…with this post. And yes…the YouTube channel will continue.   If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The reality is that we are and always have been just a regular couple.  Gay or straight, interviewers or not, we’re no different than anyone else.  What is different than many is that we took something we loved, put action into our dreams and made it happen! You can do the same thing.  That’s what raannt is all about.  Being yourself.  Being fearless.  Being your own unexpected luxury!

So…thank you to everyone who has been so encouraging and those who haven’t.  You’ve all been a part of what’s gotten us to this place so far…and it’s only the beginning.  We have so many exciting events and interviews planned for the next couple of months that we are currently planning on taking raannt to a whole new level.  We are currently looking for guest bloggers for style, television, pop culture and music posts.  If you are interested, please contact us at info@raannt.com

Here’s to the future! We hope you’ll enjoy it with us and allow us to serve as a model that anything is possible!

Much love,

Peter and Alex

The Boys of Raannt

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