July was another busy month for the blog. Unlike June, where I only put out 3 articles, in July I put out 5!
The first one I wrote, What Is Islam?, looks at the foundings of Islam, the history of Mohammad, his teachings and what it has become today due to the Ottoman Empire. I wrote this one because I felt a lot of people have a negative stigma towards Islam so I wanted to educate people on what the religion really is. Like most religions, what it is and how the people practice it are two totally different things.
The second article was about my time in Quebec City, the former capital of Canada. I wasn't sure what to expect when I visited Quebec, but it certainly wasn't what I found! I really loved Quebec City, and I hope a lot of people enjoyed my article!
The third one I wrote was Should Terrorism Stop You from Traveling?. In this article I looked at terrorism through the ages and explained how "terrorism" is a subjective term. I discussed foreign terrorism, domestic terrorism and terms like "environmental terrorism". I was hoping this article would get more traffic, so I was disappointed by the number of people who actually read it. If you haven't read it yet, please do!
The fourth article I wrote was 10 Things To Do in Venice. I wrote this one to explain the sights and sounds of the Floating City, from its shopping streets to its churches to its ghosts. I got a lot of feedback on social media from this one, so thank you for that!
My last article was written just this past Wednesday and was called The Statues of Piazza della Signoria. This one takes us to Florence where we discuss the earth changing history of the statues inside Piazza della Signoria, from the battle of David and Goliath to the incredible, mountain-tearing strength of Hercules to burning of prophets in Florence during the Renaissance. This one got a lot of traffic and is looking like it'll be my most popular article this month, but the day I posted it =was also the anniversary of Anne Frank's capture, and the next day was the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, so the history of the ancient world was put on the back-burner.
However, my blog did get a fair bit of traffic this month. June 10th to July 10th brought me 1,185 visitors, while July 10th to August 10th brought me 1,435 visitors. Not many more, but still a fair bit. It really helped when Tourism Saskatchewan shared my article on Twitter!
Last month I talked about writing more about religion, and I am already working on a new article about it. Some people find talking about religion to be taboo, but I love it! Not only does it show the history of our world, but it shows the direction in which we are heading!
I also plan to write a couple articles about French Canada. Everyone was pretty receptive towards it, so I think I'll keep with it.
Later this month I am also participating in Regina's very first every Instameet on August 27th! I'll let Jenn Smith Nelson explain all about it. It sounds like it's going to be a great time, so on the 27th my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will probably be blowing up. I'm sure you won't mind! If you happen to be in the city around that time, feel free to take part of it!
I think that's it for this month's update. Thank you all for the support and for telling other people about my blog. It's thanks to you guys that keeps me doing this!
Until next time, keep on traveling!
And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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If you follow my blog, you know I love history. History is what makes us who we are today. It defines our accomplishments and highlights our failures. Most importantly, it helps us move forward as a society.
A lot of my focus is Saskatchewan's history, but there's plenty of amazing history to be told in our neighbour province of Alberta too. From First Nations culture, through to early pioneers, the oil boom and the legacy the province today, there is always something to learn about when visiting Alberta.
The following is a guest article by Sally Elbassir, the owner and food taster of Passport and Plates, originally titled "The Tapas, Taverns and History of Madrid: A Food Tour". Be sure to drop by her blog for culinary treats from around the world!
I've always been a foodie. Long before the term "foodie" ever existed, I was that kid who was always eager to try something new.
Things haven't changed much in the last couple of decades. My palate has expanded, and I discovered that my dream job does exist; it just happens to be occupied by Anthony Bourdain. Now I satisfy my foodie obsession by writing on Yelp, and on my blog... there's plenty more where that came from.
Those who attended my Chernobyl lecture at the Queen City Collective earlier in May would have heard me singing praises about HBO's new miniseries Chernobyl, and for good reason. HBO did a fantastic job on the miniseries by immersing the audience into mid-1980s Soviet Ukraine and by peeling back the layers of the disaster.
With that said, there were some liberties HBO took while making the show. As somebody who spent two days in the Exclusion Zone in 2016, I know a thing or two about how the events unfolded, and a few parts of the miniseries weren't accurate.
Chernobyl began by tackling a nearly impossible task. The miniseries had to break down one of the largest cover-ups in human history. They had to show the devastation of the world's deadliest nuclear disaster and also highlight the many countless heroes who stepped up to make a difference. It's natural to expect HBO to simplify this – and they only had five episodes to do it. I don't blame them for some of these mistakes, but I felt they should be pointed out.