F.A.Q. About Discover Space City

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Have some questions about Discover Space City, our mission, and site goals? Check out some of our answers to our frequently asked questions below!

How Many Places Have You Visited in Houston?

How Do You Pick Where to Visit?

Why Do You Visit Other Towns if You’re a Houston Blog?

I’m Coming to Houston for the First Time, What Should I Do?

Are You Associated with Visit Houston or Other Sites?

Are You Open to Collaborating With Other Local Media?

Are You a News Site?

No. We are an opinion blog that shares reviews of attractions, restaurants, bars, etc. All articles feature our opinions only and your mileage may vary on whether you agree with us. (We’re totally cool with it if you don’t agree!) We do sometimes share 3rd party news on our social media channels.

Do You Take Your Own Photos?

Yes! Virtually every photo on our site (outside of ads) was taken by the two of us when we go explore the region. In the rare event we source images from 3rd parties, such as in the case where we did not receive permission to photograph the spot ourselves (mostly shows/events), we provide a source credit as close to the image as possible per the photographer’s license requirements.

We’d rather host a subpar photo or go without images at all than steal from someone else, as many local organizations have stolen from us over the years and we don’t want to be those people.

If you wish to use one of our images on your site, please email josh@discoverspacecity.com to discuss our licensing options.

Do You Work With Local Companies?

Our reviews are 100% transparent when noting all discounts or sponsorships we receive (it is required per FTC guidelines), and we try to be objective as possible and not let this influence our review in any way. Yes, we have had negative reviews of spots that have hosted us.

Why Do You Not Have More Negative Restaurant Reviews?

To be honest we think many of our Houston restaurant reviews (and other reviews in general) have a lot of negative components depending on how you read them.

But there are a few reasons we do not have more all-out negative reviews when it comes to restaurants in particular:

  1. We pick restaurants based on what we’re hungry for on any given day and tend to visit restaurants that already have good reviews by others.
  2. We like to provide focused critiques in our reviews, but generally speaking, we can also see when something is “bad” because it is not for us versus something that is truly bad. Most restaurants fall into the former category and we like to highlight who would enjoy something even if it wasn’t for us.
  3. We are much more critical of expensive restaurants that have $100-$200 bills than we are of mom-and-pop restaurants where we spend $20 for a meal out.

As we do not expect everyone to have the same tastes as us when it comes to restaurant reviews, all we can do is comment on our opinion and then try and highlight who would like a given spot from there.

A truly bad spot is simply one we can’t recommend to anyone at all, and those are few and far between.

Your Taste in Restaurants is Questionable, Why Do You Not Like [X, Y, Z]?

As mentioned above, we have the viewpoint that our taste in restaurants is simply that- our own. We do not demand that anyone agrees with us. But we do try to figure out who would enjoy any given spot even if it isn’t for us. Our ultimate goal in reviewing restaurants is for you to know our tastes, and then you can use that relative to your own to know if a spot may be worth a visit to you.

You Say You Want to Do Everything, But Where is Content on [X, Y, Z]?

Our ultimate goal is to do everything in Houston, but as we are exploring based on our interests some things are, shall we say, very low on our list. If there is a business or attraction type that we have not visited yet (say, a nightclub), odds are good it is because it simply isn’t our style.

We will get there, someday.

Do You Live in Houston?

Yes, we live in the area and are residents of Katy! We’ve been traveling over the entire area though now for over 7 years and counting!

Are You Houston Natives?

Nope! Jaime and I moved here in 2016 as I was working as a contractor for hospital IT work. I then took a full-time job and changed from contractor to employee and then my wife and daughter followed shortly thereafter and we’ve been here ever since. Please don’t hold that against us, as we love this state, city, and area and do not plan on leaving.

Your Job Sounds So Fun, Can We Work for You?

As much as we’d love to hire a team to work for us, sadly we do not have the budget or ability to hire anyone (paid or unpaid) outside of one-off assignments at this time. Hopefully, we can expand our team in the future!

Will You Sponsor Our Event?

Much like the above, we are an independent company without financial backers. As such, we operate on a very limited budget and do not have the capacity to sponsor events at this time.

I’d Like to Make an [Appointment, Reservation, Booking]…

We are not an official booking outlet for the brands featured on our site. However, we do have links to relevant websites, booking engines, and other associated services at the end of our articles where applicable.

Why Do You Re-share Old Content on Social Media?

When it comes to reaching you on social media we have to fight against algorithms that display our content to only a fraction of our followers (0.1% to 5% in most cases). As such, we share our content in a regular rotation in order to reach all of our followers over time.

We wish there was a better way to do this, but as the algorithms have been decreasing reach for publishers with each passing update it is becoming a necessity to reach you just once!

If you would like to help us out please like, share, and comment on our updates when you see them. It doesn’t sound like much but this truly goes a long way in helping us perform better within the complicated algorithms.

Why Do You Have So Many Ads?

There are a few ways we could talk about this, but the simple answer is that blogging in the manner we do is not cheap.

We receive just over 5,000 visitors a month currently for a good month, and that costs a fair bit out of pocket for us to provide a good experience for you.

We also pay for advertising, and other back-end services, and also pay for nearly everything we do out of pocket.

We have no global sponsors, are not affiliated with any company outside of one-off partnerships for reviews, and have no bankroll from a media conglomerate like others do.

Ads are a necessary evil in the world of blogging to help us cover our expenses, and each page view you give us amounts to roughly 2-3 cents in gross revenue. While that sounds low it is actually one of the highest revenue streams out there, as sad as it is to say!

In a perfect world, we’d like to move away from having ads altogether, but we simply do not have other income streams in place to the level we’d like at this time to get rid of ads completely.

Why Don’t You Get Involved in Local Political Issues?

We don’t believe that Discover Space City should express any political leanings whatsoever even though we are an opinion blog. We have no intention of using our platform to endorse candidates or issues one way or another. We may do this personally outside of this website, but we have no intention to use Discover Space City as an outlet of this nature.

Periodically, 3rd party display ads may appear on our site that are political in nature. We use a programmatic ad service for our ad displays and do not have direct approval over what is shown on an individual ad basis. Political ads appearing are purely coincidental.

As we do not use our platform for political commentary, we ask that you do the same when commenting here or on our social channels. We reserve the right to remove all politically oriented comments and ban those we deem to be outright offensive.

How Can We Support Discover Space City?

If you’d like to support our site further, there are a few things you could do:

  • Follow us on social media (FacebookInstagram, and soon YouTube) and sign up for our newsletter. This way you’ll never miss an update.
  • Share our content whenever you find something you like, or at a minimum Like, Retweet, or comment on our updates! This helps us grow faster than you may think.
  • Or just simply say hi to us if you see us around. We’d love to thank you in person!

There are many ways you can support us with or without spending money, and every little bit helps us grow.

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Discover Space City is a Houston blog by Josh and Jaime, a married couple that loves to discover new things at home and around the world.