WTS – What the Surrey #23: civicSurrey

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Our local green-powered, transit, political, and Metro Vancouver whiz kid Paul Hillsdon has just launched a new fully Surrey-centric website.

For a while I felt as though my blog was steering too far into posts on Surrey. I mean, obviously it’s something I feel is important to write about as it is my home city. However, I know not everyone is interested in such posts.

On that front, I’ve launched a Surrey specific blog: civicSurrey. It will cover important future developments and major news stories in the city. I may crosspost a few interesting articles, but generally from now on, most Surrey posts will be on civicSurrey. [Paul Hillsdon]

Paul’s entries are entertaining, factual, occasionally hard-hitting, and valid in their opinions as a true Surreyite. I’m always pleased to promote anything form my hometown and it’s great to see such a nicely executed source for Surrey talk and content now online.

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  1. LucTuesday, February 19th, 2008 — 11:19pm PST

    Nice of you to give props to fellow bloggers.
    However I think that ultra-niche blogs won’t attract enough audience with the unfortunate result that their creators will stop writing. I’m afraid that if you title a blog “Surrey” (or Richmond, etc.), then readers from other parts of the country will automatically discard it.

  2. Miss604Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 — 11:28pm PST

    Luc, I think it’s important for there to be more voices in Metro Vancouver that aren’t all from Vancouver proper, which is one of the reasons I try to cover events in other cities as well. There’s more to this region than Georgia street and not everyone lives downtown.

    As it stands, Surrey is one of Canada’s largest cities by area, the second most populated city in the Province, and has the largest school district in BC. I think it’s actually a huge market for a blog.

  3. Paul HillsdonWednesday, February 20th, 2008 — 11:23am PST

    Hey thanks for the linkback Rebecca. I agree with you, I believe this could very well be a large untapped market. We’ll see what the traffic is like at civicSurrey in six months time I suppose. Regardless, I’m getting some reasonable hits as it is.

    And we most definitely need some voices outside of Vancouver proper. Besides, both Langley and North Vancouver have city specific blogs – I don’t see why Surrey can’t have one.

  4. Sapan BeharThursday, February 21st, 2008 — 9:04am PST

    Luc, I totally disagree. Ultra-niche blogs will attract an extremely intersted audience, who will be much more loyal than a casual audience on a very generalized blog. The numbers may be less.

  5. John BollwittSunday, February 24th, 2008 — 9:13pm PST

    Numbers shouldn’t be a concern as much as the content that is created. Let the audience come and go as they please, especially when information becomes archived and searchable. Google is your friend, and if Paul can hit topics that peak the interest of ten people who are looking for answers, you never know what might start from that.

    Go Paul Go. I wish I had the drive to do what you are doing when I was your age. 🙂

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