The last few blogging round-ups have focused on specific subjects, while listing bloggers who specialise in those topics. This week’s column is a little different. Rather than choosing a single category and then discussing it at length, I will instead focus on five interesting local blogs that I have come across recently, and which I have not yet mentioned in Tour de blogosphere.
Drives In Circles
You might recall the controversy about the singing OC Transpo bus driver. Are you familiar, however, with his blogging colleague? Drives In Circles is a blog by an OC Transpo bus driver that is insightful, well written and at times provocative. The posts come across as a collection of short stories rather than a traditional set of blog musings. Recent posts include a history of the legendary Bayshore Lady, how bus drivers are losing their connection to the city, what it’s like to drive a bus in a snowstorm, and how to deal with drunks who think their bank card is their Presto card.
From bus driver we now turn to rickshaw operators. Ottawa Rickshaws was founded in 2005 and has become a huge local tourist attraction, focusing on trips in the Byward Market, Elgin Street, Major’s Hill Park and Parliament Hill. Recent posts on the company’s blog have covered such popular subjects as beer, wine, thoughts on how to make Ottawa a more liveable city and an open letter to OC Transpo about late buses. (I wonder what Drives In Circles would think of this letter).
The Sweetest Digs
Gemma and her husband Dan love do-it-yourself home renovations. This passion for home design led Gemma to create the blog The Sweetest Digs, which is a great resource for those who like working on projects around the house. If you browse through the blog’s numerous posts, you will see dozens of examples of how to upgrade your home. From making stenciled curtains, to building a narrow shelf, to assembling a farmhouse table, this site is a great resource for those who want to spruce up their digs.
Ottawa Golf Blog
I don’t really like golf. My father-in-law, on the other hand, adores the game. So I feel it’s my family duty to become familiar with what is arguably Scotland’s most popular global export. (Golf was invented by the Scots in the 15th century, or so says Wikipedia). Anyhow, one of the things I enjoy about writing Tour de blogosphere is that I get to discover the vast range of passions that exist in Ottawa. The Ottawa Golf Blog by Sean Crogie of nearby North Gower is a case in point. As a golfing illiterate I am in no position to judge its content. What I can say, however, is that the site looks pretty good, and that I immediately told my father-in-law about it when I came across it online.
There are numerous bloggers in the National Capital Region that write about local music. Unfortunately, I have not been able to cover these bloggers to date, although this is something I intend to correct in future posts. For the time being, if you are interested in the local indie music scene please check out Ottawa Showbox by Matías Muñoz, who has also contributed to Apartment 613.
Do you know of any other interesting local blogs? Let us know in the comments section below. In the meantime, if you want to know more about local bloggers, you can link to The Ottawa Blogging Library, a site that I recently created that contains blogging news not included in the Apt613 weekly blog round-up, and which also has a different review each day of a local blog.