Andrea’s work has appeared in a range of print publications, both local and national, but her presence on the web that has taken on a life of its own. Andrea has made multiple appearances on CTV and on CBC radio, and her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, has been recognized by publications such as Reader’s Digest International (English and Spanish-language editions), the Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Marketing Magazine, Canadian Family Magazine (“18 mom bloggers we love“) the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, SavvyMom (“35 Mom Blogs we Love“), SweetMama (where she was also listed among Canada’s Top Mommy Bloggers), SweetLife (“Top 5: local blogs”), OttawaStart (#2 in their list of “26 essential Ottawa blogs”), and Ottawa at Home.
In 2010, the Fishbowl received second place in the Lifetime Achievement category of the Canadian Weblog Awards, a juried competition of many great Canadian blogs.
In 2007, the Fishbowl was chosen by the Banff New Media Institute – Canada’s internationally respected art and digital research innovation centre – to be featured on culture.ca, a portal for great Canadian new media projects.
The Fishbowl is not an ordinary mom blog, and she’s not your typical Ottawa momblogger. (She also prefers the term “parenting blogger” or just “Ottawa blogger” instead of “mommyblogger” thankyouverymuch!) She’s been keeping a blog since 1999 and is a veteran of the Canadian blogging scene.
Some of her past media and speaking engagements include:
She loves to speak to school groups about career and social media-related topics too!
You can contact Andrea via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her at http://twitter.com/missfish.
Next, the real scoop:
My name is Andrea, and this is a journal I keep… mostly for myself and for family and friends, but anyone is welcome to eavesdrop.
I was born in Toronto, grew up in nearby suburban Bramalea and attended Dorset Drive PS, William G. Davis middle school and then high school at J.A. Turner SS.
I studied Journalism and English lit at Carleton University in Ottawa (Canada!). I am married to a wonderful fellow named Mark, and we have two daughters named Emma and Sarah.
This blog started out small. Now it is slightly bigger. Exploring Ottawa with my family is one of my favourite things to do and I love helping parents and kids discover the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer.
Sometimes I think I’m approaching a pre mid-life crisis and I find myself wondering about who I am. What defines me? Who am I, other than a mother and a wife and a daughter? Perhaps that’s the reason behind this bio page… a need to see it all written down. And perhaps, that’s the deeper reason behind this blog.
Our identities are made up of much more than places and dates. We are made up of a million little stories, a personal collection of experiences that combine to alter us and ultimately make up this thing we call life.
These are my little stories.
Here is a selection of things I have done (in no particular order). Each is worth relating in greater detail, but I’ll save that for some other time…
It’s all too short, isn’t it? I wish I believed in reincarnation. So let’s try to make the most of what we have, shall we?
p.s. Want to drop me a line? I am: andrea at quietfish dot com, or just use this form.
My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (14) and Sarah (12). I am the Editor of the Kitchissippi Times as well as Capital Parent Newspaper. I'm also a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999 (which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which). 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.