Well, technically I got back a week ago, but it was harder getting caught up on work and family and church responsibilities then I thought.
As we often do in the late winter or early spring, we headed down to Florida. We rented a house for two weeks and went to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Busch Gardens, Seaworld, and Aquatica numerous times. At some point in the next couple of weeks I’ll post some more thoughts (I’ve done this in the past) on what Niagara Falls can and can’t do to meet the Orlando standards.
Regular posting will resume now…
Although I’m trying (and succeeding) to post more often, over the next couple of weeks things will be slower. I’m not going to be in Niagara Falls at all as I take some vacation time. I’ll still post some newsletters and links to articles, but I won’t have any update on developments until I get back to the Falls.
I mentioned back in January that I was trying to keep the blog going. It has been difficult over the last couple of years with very little development going on. I lost my Google rankings, and have less companies reaching out to me to visit their operations.
Well, as I said, I’m trying to do better. I try to post 5 times each day on weekdays. This is usually a copy of a couple of newsletters, as well as other new stores. Those stories can come from area newspapers, or things I’ve observed. In the 4 weeks right after the new year, I posted 84 out of 100 possible times. Not bad. In the 4 weeks that ended Friday, I posted 96 out of 100 possible times. Even better!
In January, the site had the most traffic its had in a couple of years, but there is still a long way to go. Please do your best to help me promote the blog. Send links to your friends, like tweets on Twitter, add me on Facebook, whatever you can do. Thanks!
If you are following the Niagara Falls Blog regularly, you know that I have my ups and downs… sometimes the blog is very busy, and other times I don’t post anything for an extended period of time. For the last two months I’ve been posting several things every day, and I’m trying to keep it up. Hopefully you’ve found the articles referenced, photos posted, and links provided to be useful and interesting.
Although business seems to be good in the area, it seems that for the last several years things have been at a stand-still from a development point of view. Most of the changes have been renovations to existing buildings. No hotels have been built. This has made it hard to post new/different things. Many years ago when I would walk around the tourist district, I saw something changing almost every day, so it was much easier to write about.
Regardless, I’m going to try to keep this up. I hope to improve the rest of the AccessNiagara.com website as well.
There are a variety of ways that you can keep up with the blog and other activities on Access Niagara. The best way is to follow the Niagara Falls Blog. If you prefer some other forms of social media, I also have accounts on the following sites:
As a side note, I do have ads on the site to try to support the work that I do. I make very little from them, so I’m debating whether to just get rid of them. As you follow the site, you’ll get updates once I decide what to do.
(Literally) from my home to your’s… Happy New Year!
I know lots of people seem to think that 2016 was a tough year, with a lot of contention, division, and loss. I guess I can understand that, but in my personal life, things went well. On the web site side of things, I feel that 2016 brought a bit of a resurgence.
Life goes on, and I’m optimistic that there is more good things ahead of us. Happy New Year to you all!\
From me and my family, to you and yours… Merry Christmas!
I know it is only the 23rd of December today, but I’m pretty sure I’m done posting for the year. I’m off now until the first week of January and will be enjoying a break with my family.
2016 was a difficult year for the blog and website. I was tempted on numerous occasions to just give up and not do it anymore, but I got a new burst of energy over the last month and the traffic is going back up again. I hope to continue this into the new year.
2017 is going to bring one of the coolest new developments in recent memory… the new go-kart track on Clifton Hill. It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out. There are still plans by numerous companies for new hotels, but I doubt any of them will be started in 2017. There still seems to be a glut of hotel rooms in the city, so the various operators are focusing on improving their existing attractions and adding new ones.
Thanks for all that you do to support the blog and website. Of course, the best thing you can do is share pages, Facebook posts or tweets that link to the site. As more people visit, I’ll have greater opportunities to enlarge the site, visit more attractions, and write more.
I’ve moved the site and it seems to have completed without any issues. I’m not sure that you’ll see any difference in the performance of the site, but it should be a bit more reliable overall, and allows me better management.