“Andrea has struck a great balance between useful information and storytelling that keeps the Fishbowl on my ‘must read’ list. From stuff to do around town to products & services, I really appreciate the integrity that she brings to her recommendations – and it’s uncanny how often they’re spot-on what I need!”
- Sasha (www.ramblingstroller.com)
I don’t call it advertising, I refer to this whole thing as patronage… because it’s more than just an ad.
Historically speaking, patronage refers to support given to a variety of artists including writers, musicians, painters, and sculptors. A Fishbowl patronage isn’t just about an ad on a website. It’s a relationship.
Did you know that the Fishbowl was one of first parent-focused blogs in the Ottawa area? 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. And if there’s a good fit, well, then I feel good about promoting my patrons, online and offline.
This may ultimately result in fewer patrons on the site but this is my preference. 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 things like whole foods, healthy living, family gear and travel, and home design. I write a lot about Ottawa and my neighborhood of Westboro too.
Interested? Some deets:
For more information, rates, and technical specs please contact me. Thanks!
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.