Why does this site exist?
Because I’m a daydreamer. And I know what it’s like to sit at a desk day in and day out, wishing you were somewhere else. I know what it’s like to be cash-strapped and time-crunched, desperately in need of a few hours to yourself. Day trips, afternoon excursions, and weekend jaunts are the perfect solution.
What states do you cover?
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, with occasional forays into other states. I’ll also post general travel information and news that will hopefully be helpful no matter where you go.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and write on a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro.
Who are you?
My name is Carmen K. Sisson, and I have spent 30 years writing and photographing every corner of the South. I grew up in Mobile, Alabama and moved back home in 2013. I previously lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Columbus, Mississippi. I studied journalism at the University of Alabama, and I make my living writing for newspapers, magazines, tourism bureaus, and corporate brands. I spend roughly 100 nights a year on the road, which means I see a lot of hotels, gas stations, truck stops, and roadside diners. I try to keep an open-ended schedule to allow for sight-seeing and serendipity.
What is your favorite city?
I acclimate quickly, which makes my favorite place wherever I am. But if I had to pick a favorite it would be a close tie between St. Augustine, New Orleans, Charleston, Tuscaloosa, Nashville, and Memphis. For smaller towns, I like Fairhope, Alabama and Oxford, Mississippi.
How did TumbleweedSOUTH get its name?
I was on Twitter one night, discussing a recent spate of assignments that kept me criss-crossing the South for months. Someone commented that I was like tumbleweed, always going wherever the wind blows. Twitter had a bot at the time — the tumbleweed bot — that retweeted any status containing the word “tumbleweed.” So the bot started following me, retweeting my posts. I thought it was funny, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that TumbleweedSOUTH was the perfect name for a travel blog.
What else should I know?
I’m the proud mommy of a 10-year-old Australian Shepherd, Cowboy; and five cats — Twinkie, Pumpkin, Pretty Boy, Lily, and Henry. I like stormy days and button-downs, and I’m always searching for the perfect bacon cheeseburger.
Where can I see your other work?
Flickr, Instagram, and Twitter: @CarmenSisson
Can I hire you?
Of course! I offer a wide range of writing and photography services for a diverse set of industries. Email me, and let’s talk.
Do you accept sponsorships and affiliates?
I’m not currently sponsored or affiliated, but I’m open to the possibility if our messages and philosophies align. Send your contact information and a brief proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I see a mistake on your site?
If you see a typo or error, please let me know.
Will you visit or review my favorite place?
Maybe. Leave a comment or send me an email, and I’ll see what I can do.
Do you accept guest posts?
Definitely. The southeast is a big place, and there are so many corners I have yet to explore. This site heavily emphasizes beautiful photography, so your chances with me are better if you can supply nice visuals to accompany your text. There is no word limit, but your story may be edited and optimized for clarity and SEO. I will work with you on any editorial changes made.
Pitch travel stories to me, and let’s see if we can collaborate. I’m particularly looking for destination pieces like this one about Meridian, Mississippi and this one about Greenwood, Mississippi. I would also love to have more posts about unique festivals, and obscure small towns.
I’m not currently paying for stories or photos, but that may change in the future. You will receive a link to your preferred site as long as it doesn’t contain nudity or excessive profanity.
Will you write a guest post for me?
If I have time and suitable content, sure. Drop me a line and let me know what you need.
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