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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