The Smoky Poet

The Pitmaster, Poet & Storyteller


7 Great Tips From The 30 Day Blogging Challenge

By on March 17, 2015

Thirty two days ago, I stumbled across a tweet mentioning a "30 Day Blogging Challenge" in which the challenge was to write 30 different posts, one-a-day, for 30 consecutive days. I always like a great challenge and this challenge from Sarah at Sark e-Media, seemed like a great way to get my creative juices flowing. You see, my website had almost always been poetry...

7 Must Have Travel Items

By on March 8, 2015

When it comes to travel, I can honestly say I have traveled a lot over the last 15 years. In fact, I am a Diamond Elite member on Delta Airlines and am a stones throw away from amassing two million air miles flown on Delta alone. Yikes. My travels have taken me from Minnesota to Malaysia from Mexico to China. With all of this...

The Minnesota Accent Contest: You Bet’cha

By on March 2, 2015

On Wednesday March 4th, I will be self-promoting a contest on Twitter, Vine and Instagram with a soon to be named Minnesota company where they are going to be rewarding someone with the best Minnesotan accent some groovy Minnesota related prizes. I'll have more details Wednesday, but for anyone that isn't sure what the Minnesota accent sounds like, I found this groovy video from voice...

Skimlinks helps Bloggers Make Money

By on March 1, 2015

I recently started using a free automated affiliate marketing service to monetize my website. The service is through industry leaders Skimlinks, who have been the top innovators in the affiliate marketing space since 2008. The UK-based company recognized that manual affiliate marketing is complicated and often too time consuming for most people to actually make any money from. With this, and the publishers’ best...

The Ultimate Kids Helmet Accessory: Pogginz

By on March 1, 2015

I'm not sure about you, but getting my youngest lad to use any type of helmet is often times a challenge. There have been many times where I've seen him race down our street, without a helmet on, only for him to hear my screams at the top of my lungs to get back into the house. When I would ask him why he...

Celebrate National Cereal Day March 7th

By on February 26, 2015

One of my favorite days of the year is just around the corner. No it's not my birthday. No it's not the 4th of July. It's of course National Cereal Day on March 7th. However this year I will be en-route to Mexico, but before I head to the airport I will sit down with a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and enjoy a delicious...

You will feel good with TWOSOME Socks

By on February 25, 2015

One of the things I really enjoy about when it comes to writing about fashion, is finding a product that not only provides a great product, but has a great mission of helping others in need. As I've written about other "social conscientious" companies in the past, I wanted to introduce you to TWOSOME Sock Co., out of Rancho Santa Margarita, California. TWOSOME has...


My Struggles with Being Fat and FAI

By on February 21, 2015

I have a confession to make: I'm fat. Although I am six feet two inches tall and 220 pounds, I am considered overweight according to my Body Mass Index. My increased body weight began in 2009, when I was diagnosed with FAI or Femoroacetabular Impingement. FAI is a condition of the hip where the femoral shaft (leg bone) is flattened on one side, not...

My Pandemonium

By on February 19, 2015

All around me is the bustle of life yet I imagine myself on a beach my toes placed within the cold sand a restless dream within an hourglass. The sunshine warms my soul from head to toe a poignant reminder that all things die, as the hush of the wind is deafening the kind of serenity I'm seeking. I open my eyes to a...

Unlocking the Mystery of Trunk Club

By on February 18, 2015

In the 1999 movie Fight Club, starring Ed Norton and Brad Pitt, after an unfortunate event, two men leading a somewhat boring life, decide to create an underground fight club to break up the monotony of their daily lives. In doing so, eight rules of the club were established with rules one and two being the same: You do not talk about Fight Club....