How time flies! In the two years that I’ve started this blog, so much has happened.
- My husband, Frank, and I have explored most key areas of Southern Ontario.
- We’ve gotten engaged and married … making (Sub)urban Tourist legitimately (Sub)urban Tourists (plural).
- We did an almost two-week honeymoon in the UK (England and Scotland).
- We’ve both changed jobs that allow for a better work-life balance.
- We’re both Nikon DSLR camera lovers and are enjoying taking photos, and sharing lenses!
- Frank has started up his Outdoor Adventurers blog which focuses more on outdoor activities.
- We’ve had support from a number of great people including Fiona Westner-Ramsay from Badger Paddles, Preston Ciere from Portageur.ca and many more (you know who you are!).
- I’ve heard from some great brands/PR people who have (smartly) reached out to me. THANK YOU… and keep the communication and ideas coming.
The list could go on.
What I’ve learned through the process:
- Networking and making friends with other bloggers is key to getting visibility for your blog. Being nice will take you far. Being a bitch that steals ideas and content doesn’t help you in the long run.
- Read other blogs, online magazines and websites to learn about blogging trends, content ideas and for inspiration.
- Exploring the world around you is the best way to be inspired and for post idea generation. Sitting at home and reading information online will only take you so far before you run out of creative ideas.
- Read blogs that aren’t on your topic for different ways of looking at creating interesting blog posts.
- Lists in blog posts rule.
- Topic subjects that include “Top five/ten/20 etc.” and “The Best…” are popular.
- Canadians love to head to the beach in the summer.
- Torontonians and visitors to the city often seek places to visit outside of the city that are about one hour away. Urban tourism can be a overdone.
- Great photos can really say a 1,000 words.
- Using social media tools helps your visibility and to build relationships with brands, organizations, fans and other bloggers.
- RSS feeds are a genius way to keep track of what others are writing about so that you can comment away!
Looking forward to another year of exploring and blogging on Suburban Tourist!