Next week I’ll provide a bit of a summary for how the summer went for me on the blog, but I just wanted to give you the heads up that posting will slow down a bit now that the summer is coming to an end. I’ve received less newsletters, there are not as many things in the news, and soon there won’t be as many people around.
Overall, it seems like it has been a good summer for the industry. Let’s hope we have one final great week!
This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum (now call an Odditorium) has been in Niagara Falls for many, many years. When I first went, I really enjoyed it, but then it seemed to go a decade or more without almost any improvement. However, about a year and a half ago it closed for a full renovation, and reopened last May. What a difference! It is a tremendous attraction now. We visited last June after it had been open for a month or so, and were very impressed. Previously it had been much more like a museum, where you just stand and look/read. Now it is almost entirely interactive. There are things to stand beside, boxes to fit into, valves to turn, buttons to press, things to look through, and more.
Probably the most important thing is that my kids loved it. Every so often when they go past the attraction they ask when we should go again. If you’ve been before but haven’t been for a while, or if you’ve never been at all, I highly recommend it.
I won’t get into all of the details again, but you can read about our visit in the post I put up about our trip. It includes pictures.
20160620 Trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
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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.
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.
It seems like every few months I’m posting something again about how I really hope to get back to blogging more. Well, here I go again.
I really hope to get back to blogging more 🙂
Work has been very busy and my personal life has been equally busy. I just haven’t made the time to keep up on things. However, I am optimistic that I can turn that around.
I had done fairly well keeping the site updated, but I’ve been on vacation over the last week, so things have dropped a bit. I’ll be back again mid next week…
As you know, over the years I’ve had a few different people send in some blog postings. This week I’m happy to welcome Dan Mucciarelli. Like many of us, Dan has had a long-time interest in Niagara Falls. He has lived in Niagara Falls at different points in his life, and so has seen a lot of changes over the years.
Please welcome Dan… we look forward to reading his postings!
If you are a follower of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that other than some retweets of various deals, there have been no posting for a while (since Feb 14 to be exact). Don’t worry, I’m still alive and well. The problem was that we had a big vacation in March for almost 3 weeks, and I was getting things ready so I could go away, and then away, and then catching up when I got back. It looks like I’ll finally be able to put some time into the Niagara Falls Blog.
As a side note, we were in Orlando for two full weeks, so at some point in the next couple of weeks I’ll post some thoughts about the parks, and any similarities/differences with Niagara Falls.