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Greetings! I am attending BConnected this weekend (you can read about my involvement right here) and hosting a roundtable. I just wanted to leave a few of my favourite blogging biz posts here for fellow attendees who might be looking for some food for thought during the conference weekend: What does it mean, to blog with […]

Confession: I am a jaded conference goer. I have high expectations, not just of the speakers but of the whole event itself. If I’m going to give up a day or two of my life for learning and networking, I need to get something out of it. Last year around this time I attended the […]

08 Apr, 2016

When journalists make mistakes

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Publishing/writing/career stuff

I have been sick with a cold for most of the week and I have been dragging my sorry butt around the house in the most pathetic way. At least one member of the family feels sorry for me. She has been at my side through THICK AND THIN*: * That is, when she’s not […]

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08 Mar, 2016

Seven.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Publishing/writing/career stuff

I have a ton of stuff to share with you but I want to get one recent thing out of my head and onto the page before it flies out of my brain forever. The most recent issue of the Kitchissippi Times is a special International Women’s Day issue. It’d been in the works for […]

Some of you may or may not know this already, but I’m the editor of the local community newspaper in my area of Ottawa. It is not exactly a traditional 9-5 job. There is no typical day for me. I spend a lot of my time at my desk in my home office. Unfortunately, this […]


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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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