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.
Stonehenge, Saskatchewan, is just a little over two hours southwest of Regina, just past the town of Assiniboia. I've explored this area of the province before on previous trips, but I've never been to Stonehenge. In fact, my journey started out as a trip to Castle Butte, but after seeing a nearby marker for Stonehenge on a map, that quickly became my primary destination.
I've driven this area a few times looking for abandoned buildings. Normally I'd keep an eye out for them, but I knew most of them were a little further south. Before I got that far, I took the turn off to Ogema.
Several months ago Ford Canada approached me to review their 2017 Ford Explorer. I wanted to see how it handled grid roads, so I took it to a variety of ghost towns, abandoned houses and empty villages around Saskatchewan. I had a lot of fun with the article, and I guess Ford liked it too because a few months later they invited me to go out to the Sunshine Coast to try out a few other vehicles.
There were a few differences between this trip and the one I did around Saskatchewan. The first difference was that this was in the wooded forests of British Columbia and not the flat prairie of Saskatchewan. Instead of having the vehicle for a week, this would be a 2-day trip from Vancouver to the Painted Boat Resort and back again. Also, instead of traveling solo, I'd be travelling with several lifestyle and travel bloggers from across Western Canada – including the 2015 Saskatchewanderer Ashlyn George from The Lost Girl's Guide to Finding the World.
The vehicle we got on the way up to the resort was the same red Ford Explorer I tried out earlier this year. This worked out great for me as I was already very familiar with the vehicle and its quirks. On the way back Ashlyn drove a white 2017 Ford Edge.
"Have you ever been to Medicine Hat?" Abby Czibere from the Visitor Centre asks. I feel bad when I tell her no, unless you count stopping to fill up and grab fast food. In short order, I realize that's a big mistake as there's a vibrant food and arts scene and beautiful riverside parks to explore in this city of 65,000 people.
The Hat (the city's nickname; its residents are Hatters) has experienced a renaissance in recent years thanks to innovative entrepreneurs. Trendy eateries, indie coffee shops, and craft breweries have opened, attracting like-minded businesses, while enticing young people to stick around after college. Even the museums add to the up and coming feeling with their unique exhibits and events. Smell the smells of war at Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, or attend a concert in a massive kiln at MedAlta Potteries (Tongue on the Post Music Festival).