Last month started off slow, and although I did a piece on Tourism Reigna and I wrote about the RCMP Heritage Center, I didn't see a whole lot of extra traffic. That disappointed me as I had expected some extra leads to come from those two posts.
As May ended, I looked at my traffic compared to April and saw I was down by several hundreds page views. Frustrated, I decided to write a piece I've been working on since March, and although it was 12 points shorter than what I had originally planned, I wrote "8 Places to Visit in Regina" on May 31st. On June 1st I joined a blogging community on Facebook. Then I watched in amazement at what happened next:
My blog went viral.
I couldn't believe my eyes! I went from 74 unique visitors on May 30th to 2,066 unique visitors on June 3rd! I didn't even get half that many in the whole month of May! Even more amazing, my post about Regina was shared over 200 times! People from all over the world were commenting on my blog, on my Twitter, on my Instagram, and on my Facebook page. Some people even jokingly said I made Regina look so good they might just book a plane ticket here. Others said they usually drive past Regina on the highway but now plan to stop by and check out the city. Reading those comments made me feel incredible because normally, nobody ever comments on my blog. So, thank you avid reader. Thank you so much. I really, really appreciate all the support you gave me.
In my last update I mentioned creating a newsletter, and I finally implemented it. I was going to make it bi-weekly but I think I'll make it once a month. I haven't really decided. Feel free to sign up below this blog post. The first newsletter will be tomorrow!
Last month I also talked about ads on my site. I was going to sell adspace for cheap, and I was going to go through Passion Fruit, but I realized I don't have enough traffic to qualify. So, for the majority of the month I went adless. After my massive spike on June 3rd, I threw two Google Adsense ads up. In the week since I've made about $6. This is 300% increase in revenue in a single day compared to my AdClickMedia/Spoutable campaign that lasted two months.
I also mentioned in my previous update about adding a survey to my website. I forgot about that, so I'm not sure if I'll do it or not. Although, it would be great to hear back from you and see what kind of content you're enjoying most.
I also said I would write a blog post about "Kyoto and one about managing traveling the world while in love". I didn't do either of these. I did, however, say I would write one about Hong Kong and St. Petersburg, so I guess I fulfilled half my promise.
As for this month, I think I'll write more about Regina and Canada, as that went over very well last month. I might write more unique posts too, like strange places I've slept or the strangest food I've eaten. I have a couple ideas swirling around, but I'm not too sure what I'll write next. I don't think it'll be getting me 2,066 hits a day though, but you never know.
I'm also heading on a trip later this month, so I'll be taking some time off my blog. It's a secret to where I'm going, but I'm really excited and I think I'll have some awesome stories to tell you when I get back!
I guess that's all for now, so 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.
Last summer my family and I tried fishing up in Northern Saskatchewan. We had a great weekend, but we caught nothing. I wasn't too disappointed though, as I have never actually caught a fish. After 25 years of fishing and failing, I have officially given up on the sport.
That is until I was invited to visit Medicine Hat, Alberta and go sturgeon fishing on the South Saskatchewan River. I was hesitant, but I said yes. I really didn't want to spend eight hours out on the water just to come home empty-handed, but I figured to give it one more shot.
My guide for the day, Brent Thorimbert, picked me up at my hotel around 8:30 a.m. and drove us to a valley located just outside of Medicine Hat. We got out on the water about 9 a.m. and arrived at our fishing spot twenty minutes later. Brent explained that sturgeon fish are "bottom feeders" so they swim along the bottom of the riverbed and eat up bugs and small fish. Our fishing lines were weighted for this very reason. The bait should sit on the riverbed and would get sucked up by an unsuspecting sturgeon.
Last year I put together 50 Images That Showcase Regina, and it was very successful. However, I did that article early into the year and missed out on some pictures I would take later, so I decided to do it again this year. These pictures were all taken either in late 2015 or in 2016.
If you guys enjoy this article as much as you liked the last one, I might start making this an annual thing.
Some of you may recognize a few of these pictures from earlier in the year, but there should be a few here that none of you have ever seen before.
I was recently asked if I preferred my time in Montreal or Quebec City more, and while Montreal is a gorgeous city, decorated with thousands of green copper spires, hosts incredible festivals, has some of the most fantastic food I have ever tasted, and is spotted with beautiful parks, there was just something about Quebec City that spoke to me. Being over four hundred years old, Quebec City is one of the last remaining "walled cities" in North America, and is the only one north of Mexico. Quebec City was the location of some of the greatest conflicts in Canadian history, including the Siege of Quebec by the British.
Belonging to three very different countries (France, England, and Canada) in its four hundred year existence, Quebec City is a mixing pot of old traditions, new ideas, cobblestone streets and modern architecture. Since there is so much to see in Quebec City, I figured I would narrow it down to a couple and let you discover the rest! Here is "8 Places to Visit in Quebec City".