a peek inside the fishbowl

20 Oct, 2005

Greetings Kitchissippi Times readers!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Hi! Some of you might have found yourselves here after reading a short blurb in the November Kitchissippi Times.

You might be wondering what exactly this is…. ? :)

Well, it’s a blog. But let’s do away with the jargon and call it for what it is: a journal. I much prefer that term anyway.

There aren’t a lot of people who “get” the blog thing quite yet. They wonder what the attraction is. Why read about someone else’s life? Why look at a stranger’s photos? What’s the point of all this?

I wonder about that myself sometimes. But the point is this: sometimes you’ll find someone you can relate to. Sometimes you’ll read something you won’t find in the ordinary mainstream media. Sometimes it’ll make you laugh, or think, or cringe. And sometimes, you’ll find the journal of a good writer, someone who will make socks, pancakes, or blocks seem interesting and worth a second look.

That’s why I read blogs. Why do you? And which are your favourites?


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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