Welcome to The Austinot! We’re glad you’re here. The Austinot is a local blog about the city of Austin, TX and we exist to support all things Austin.
The Austinot was born in a living room, and we’ve always written like we’re talking to a living room full of our closest friends. Even as The Austinot has grown and our community has expanded, our blogger team has stayed approachable and friendly. We hope you feel like you’re among friends whenever you visit our site.
The Austinot was founded in December 2011 by Eric & Brittany Highland, in anticipation of their move to Austin. Here’s their story:
We started the Austinot for fun, as a hobby, and we had no long-term plan. Heck, even our Austinot.com domain name was chosen on a whim using a random name generator. It reminded us a little bit of “astronaut,” with the connotation of exploring and discovering, so we went with it!
We didn’t even set up Google Analytics to record visitor statistics until a few months later. Imagine our surprise when we were getting 20,000 pageviews in February 2012, 30,000 in March, and 40,000 in April! More than a little shocked, we realized that we were onto something. Since people were reading, we decided to keep writing!
The Austinot Team
Jersey born and New York bred, I moved to Austin from Manhattan in August 2013. Since arriving, I’ve been rambling about this great city trying to discover every cool nook and cranny Austin has to offer.
Aside from my 8 to 5 as an IT tech, I write TV recaps for Entertainment Weekly, film reviews for two literary sites (as well as my own) and articles for any random place looking for content. I also have three published short stories under my belt with a few more in the works. My hobbies include gaming, hockey, drumming and soaking in Austin’s incredible craft beer culture.
I’m super psyched to be a part of the Austinot team and share my experiences with y’all! (Said un-ironically. Imagine that from a life-long East Coaster!)