Posts Tagged ‘HiddenLA’

Be Mine, LA – A Valentine’s Cupcake From Us!

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cupcakeWith this site going from 3,000 Facebook fans to now over 100,000 in a matter of days… I can honestly say I’ve never felt so much Valentine’s Day love flowing through this city my life. It suddenly hit me this morning… OUR HIDDEN LOS ANGELES FRIENDS COULDN’T FIT IN THE ROSE BOWL. Yeah, that was about when I had a nervous breakdown, and wished I would get off my butt to get all of you to give me a dollar. :)

Anyhoo, in honor of Valentine’s Day and as a very sincere thank you to our local fans in particular for their support, the very fabulous Vincent at the (very hidden!) Bluebird Cafe in Culver City has kindly offered to help us spread a little love your way. During the rest of February, if you walk into the Bluebird Cafe and tell Vincent that HiddenLA sent you, he’ll give you a free cupcake. Naturally I hope you’ll stay and have other food and maybe a glass of wine or something, but either way. Free cupcake. From us. Try the red velvet.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Los Angeles!!! WE LOVE YOU! :D

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YAY! – We’ve been honorably mentioned!

WebAs I mentioned to our followers on Facebook and whatnot, while I’m in the middle of looking to expand this site I had to walk away from regularly posting for a bit due to a (paying) job opportunity I had to focus on. Now that the job’s running pretty smoothly (knock on wood), I promised I’d be back as of October 11th. So here I am!

And meanwhile, little did I know… despite a lull in posting history I just found out that HiddenLA has won an Honorable Mention for Best Blog Design in the Creativity 39 Global Design Awards! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!

Not bad for a girl who’d never designed a blog in her life, eh? :)


WE’VE GOT WINNERS!!! –
Race to Win an *Amazing* Adventure!!!

Congratulations to the incredibly brilliant
Jeremy Matters, Brian Donnelly and Karen Satlin!!!

We expect full reports of your adventures. Oh, and naturally we also expect you to WIN. No pressure! :)

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Win a FREEEEE pair of CityRace tickets! ($70 value)

Have you been craving a little competitive challenge lately? Would you like to see sides of Los Angeles that you never knew existed? Are you as rabid a fan of The Amazing Race as I am? Oooh, today’s giveaway contest is right up your alley, my friend!!! But be forewarned, you’re going to have to put your thinking caps on to get these tickets… we aren’t about to make this easy for you. What kinda challenge would that be!? What would Phil Keoghan do? 

The first three people to e-mail the correct answers to all the questions after the jump will each win 2 tickets to CityRace Little Tokyo: Upside Downtown on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10:00am. Contest ends September 12, or when 3 winners have been chosen, whichever comes first.

City Race

“Set out on a challenging 3-hour hunt through one of L.A.’s most diverse neighborhoods in this fun-filled CityRace Urban Adventure Hunt! Teams of 2 to 4 players use brainpower to crack codes, solve tricky puzzles, research little-known facts and more… all while racing against other teams to be first to the finish with the most correct answers. From the heart of downtown’s historic core to the “village” of Little Tokyo, this challenging hunt will take you through some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. You’ll discover some of the oldest – and newest – sites in downtown L.A. as you solve cryptic clues and brain-teasing puzzles in this iconic urban adventure through L.A.’s past, present and future. This hunt is challenging.

NOW GO GET ’EM AND MAKE ME PROUD!!!  :)
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SURVEY – How are we doing?

It’s just a *little* test. It won’t hurt a bit, we promise.

©USC Digital Archive This week we’re trying to really weigh how we’ve been doing so far with HiddenLA and set up goals for where we should be heading in the future to make it a better resource for you. 

It would make us absolutely GIDDY (plus be incredibly helpful) if you could take a moment to fill out a quick survey and let us know your thoughts.

This site is for you, so we need your help. Pretty please? :)


HELP! – Zoe Needs New Ears

This is conceptual art. We call it: photo "Wiener With Wiener."

This is a Conceptual Art piece we call Wiener With Wiener No, it is not for sale.

As most of you know, HiddenLA has been a labor of pure love for me so far… which is a *great* thing in many ways, but admittedly kinda stinks when you take your little dog to the vet and realize that she has yet another raging and horribly painful ear infection that’s going to cost $200 you don’t have. Ouch. Sometimes income *is* handy after all! Huh.

Having a sick pet is tough… when you spend money you don’t have, you’re irresponsible. But if you allow an adorable, beloved little creature to suffer, you’re worse. No great options in that situation, really. So moral of the story… my sweet little puppy’s going to be fine, but my bank account just had some unexpected surgery.

I know a lot of you have purse strings just as tight as mine so you can relate. If you feel like helping poor little Zoe on her road back to health, I’ve set up a little “Zoe Ear Fund” below. (Fact is, my mom always taught me that it never hurts to ask, so I’m just listening to her for a change.) These funds will ONLY go to fixing her ears, not one dime will be diverted to my ginger cocktail addiction or tickets to see Pee Wee Herman. I promise. Down the road I’ll be working on monetizing this site so such blatant fundraising efforts will evaporate, but in the meantime a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Begging aside, to the right I’ve posted a little art photography project we did together about six months ago for your viewing pleasure. Zoe hopes you like it, and she would like me to express that – ear aside – she deserves donations just for going through the humiliation of sitting still for a long time with a hot dog on her head. I can’t disagree, really.


HELP! We’re out of 2 Buck Chuck!

baglady1 Appreciate our efforts? Help us!


As you may have noticed, we’ve gotten a running start here at HiddenLA. I started the site as a way to distract my idle hands and brain (and learn new web skills) after losing a job… and it ended up being more fun than I’d expected so it just kinda snowballed. In less than two months, we’ve amassed over a hundred articles, over 400 Facebook fans, and Mayor Villaraigosa is apparently following us on Twitter. Wow.

People keep asking me why the site isn’t packed with ads yet, and the fact is I’m looking around at options but I’m kind of particular about what I want to do here so I’ve been taking my time to focus initially on content and readers. I really don’t want HiddenLA to become some flashy marketing billboard, that’s the opposite of what it’s about. This site is a labor of love and so I’m really trying to make the right choices about where I take it for the reader’s benefit. Not that I don’t need the money mind you, I definitely do. But at the rate things are going at least someday I’ll be able to proudly tell my other dwelling-challenged neighbors that I’m the bag lady with the bestest blog on the streets of LA. So yay for me!

Anyhow, I digress. I was looking for other monetizing options to try out while I’m weighing long term options, so if you click around the site today (or look up), you may notice a little button asking for donations.

I know these buttons don’t work a lot of times and they’re easy to ignore, but my mom always taught me it never hurts to ask. So all I request is that if you like what we’re (I’m) doing and appreciate our (my) efforts, consider throwing us (me) a bone. It would very much make a difference.

Thanks, Los Angeles. You da bomb!

Also… thank you North Dakota. :)


ALERT – Big Giveaway Coming Up!

puppyWe really appreciate your support, and we’ve been working on some exciting treats to reward you for it. Pretty soon we’ll be announcing our first HiddenLA giveaway contest! Woo hoo! Are you excited? Well, YOU SHOULD BE. Seriously.

So keep an eye out… and be sure to join the community on our Facebook fan page so you can stay in the loop on this kinda stuff and more.

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