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.
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Nestled between the impressive Mount Royal and the majestic St. Lawrence River is Montreal, a city known for its festivals, abstract art, history and mosaic of countless cultures. Montreal is the second largest city in Canada, with a population floating around four million people. While the city is a dynamic mix of Canada's two primary cultures – French and English – there are areas of the city that are culturally specific, such as Little Italy, Greektown and Chinatown. Known for its artistic and liberal mindedness, Montreal also boasts the largest community of homosexuals in North America in their very own "Gay Village".
Being nearly 375 years old, Montreal was pivotal to the creation of New France and Canada and at a time held control over every waterway from the St. Lawrence down to the Gulf of Mexico. Having such incredible influence over the western part of the New World, Montreal hosted the "Great Peace of Montreal" in 1701, which started sixteen years of peace between the French and over 40 different First Nation tribes in North America.
Since its early days, Montreal has been one of the most influential cities in Canada. Montreal housed "internment camps" during World War I, became an ideal location for Americans looking for alcohol during Prohibition, and was the official residence of the Luxembourg royal family during World War II. Montreal held host to the incredible Expo 67, showcasing some of the most incredible architecture of that decade. The seventies saw serious political reformation in Montreal, with many Americans arriving, fleeing the Vietnam Draft. The late seventies paralyzed the city as a terrorist organization, the Front de libération du Québec, detonated explosives throughout the city and kidnapped and killed political figures. These actions forced the Prime Minster to enact the "War Measures Act" and deploy the military into the city to apprehend the terrorists. The eighties and nineties saw two referendums in the province of Quebec to separate from Canada, with Montreal playing a major role in both decisions. The last referendum in 1995 ended with 51% percent of Quebecers wanting to remain part of Canada and 49% wanting to separate.
Part 12 of my cross Canada series takes us to the smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island. However, don't let the name confuse you: PEI is actually 232 islands!
PEI also happens to have smallest population of any province in Canada, with only 146,300 people as of 2014. This means this province has less people than my hometown Regina!
Being so small, however, it was difficult to find images on Instagram. That isn't to say there's nothing there worth seeing! Quiet the quandary, actually. PEI has a few very unique locations that drive their tourism. One of them is the gorgeous themed village of Avonlea, named after the village in the hit novel "Anne of Green Gables" published in 1908. This story, and the subsequent stories, follows Anne, a red-haired "fiery" orphan who grows up on PEI. The story is an international bestseller, and is strangely very popular in Japan (or so I've been told)!
Had history been different, this article would probably be written in French. New France, the birth child of French colonialism, once spanned the majority of eastern North America, dipping feet in both Hudson’s Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It was only after the British captured the city in 1759 and opened the port of the St. Lawrence River did the once promising dynasty of New France cease to exist.
Although New France is long forgotten throughout most of the continent, Quebec City still embraces the same French language, culture and identity as it did nearly four hundred years ago. Visiting this city will bring you back in time to an earlier Canada – one of cobblestone streets, narrow houses, clanging church bells and horse drawn wagons. Quebec City is a unique location unlike anywhere else in Canada, being a slice of Europe seemingly untouched by the modern world. It is for these reasons and more that Expedia.ca asked me to write about this incredible city.
There are many ways to get to Quebec City, such as by plane, train, bus, car, bike or boat.