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“Just a quick note to say a BIG thank you for helping us grow our business. A Peek Inside the Fishbowl has been a great addition to our marketing strategy. It has helped spread our positive word of mouth reach which in turn has helped us continue to grow our business. In an era of splintered and expanding marketing channels, A Peek Inside the Fishbowl is a trusted source for many readers and it has been a staple for us for 3 years now. Our business appeals to many customers, mostly Mom, Dads and Kids and A Peek Inside the Fishbowl helps us attract more of these guests. Andrea is a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend working with A Peek Inside the Fishbowl.”

Mark Saunders
Director of FUN
Saunders Farm

I don’t call it advertising, I refer to this whole thing as patronage… because being a Fishbowl patron is about more than just an ad, it’s a relationship.

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Did you know that the Fishbowl was one of first parent-focused blogs in the Ottawa area, and among the first in Canada? I’ve been publishing in this space since 1999 and have a proven track record that doesn’t compare to anyone else in this market. I have also had the good fortune to benefit from the attention of traditional media (you can read more about that on my bio page) and the Ottawa Citizen has given me the distinction of being “Ottawa’s most celebrated parent blogger.”

I’m very selective about who I accept as a patron. My readers are my #1 priority so there needs to be an excellent fit. If there’s a good fit, well, then I feel good about promoting my patrons, online and offline. This way, patrons benefit from stronger relationships and more attention. No one gets lost in the shuffle.

For an idea of the kinds of things I write about I recommend you take a look at the Categories section in the righthand sidebar. It includes topics such as healthy living, family gear, travel, and home design. I write a lot about Ottawa and my neighborhood of Westboro too.

Interested? Some deets:

  • New patrons receive a focused “welcome” post linking to their respective websites and …
  • … the opportunity to host one giveaway per quarter. This is not required but it is a great way of generating excitement and traffic to your website and building your brand.
  • All ad images are prominently displayed in the far right-hand column under “Patronatus” and appear on every page in this blog.
  • Packages are sold in quarterly increments only (terms of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months). The term begins the day the ad image is uploaded. There is a savings if a patron signs up for a 12 month term.

For more information, rates, and technical specs please contact me. Thanks!

NEW: If you have an event to promote I can help you with that too! Contact me about special packages just for events promotion.



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The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. 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.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!


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