Cowichan Valley Blog Goes Dynamic

What to do with my Cowichan Valley blog?

Is it time to wind it down and move along to other things? Shall I set my Cowichan Valley blog free and embrace #iLoveCowichan on Social Media exclusively? Or maybe take things in an entirely new direction?

When I first started www.iLoveCowichan.ca it was a static website. Then the web progressed and so did the site. Which became a blog about the Cowichan Valley. Over the last few years, life got in the way and health obstacles kept rearing their ugly heads. Blog posts to I Love Cowichan became infrequent until they crawled to a stop altogether.

No matter what though, some things remained constant.

Cowichan Valley Beauty & Bounty

Cowichan Valley BlogLike the scenic beauty of the Cowichan Valley and needing to run errands.  And so,  I’d turn those local road trips into passenger seat photo sessions and have fun posting them to various social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

Social Media is a quick and convenient way to share pictures of our beautiful Cowichan Valley and for shouting out local arts, causes and businesses.  I can cross post to various platforms at once from pretty much anywhere and even stream live.

Social Media apps are fun for sharing my local adventures. Also for taking followers along to other favourite Vancouver Island destinations like Nanaimo & Victoria.

Which brings me back to the destiny of my Cowichan Valley blog or rather, the new direction it’s headed in.

I was seriously considering taking the blog down altogether. Then it hit me. What a shame if all that preexisting Cowichan Valley love went to waste and simply disappeared.

So, that’s why blog posts are starting up again, the home page is going dynamic and that’s just the beginning of the new and improved I Love Cowichan blog.

Instagram Feed @iLoveCowichandotca

For starters, I’ve added the @ilovecowichandotca Instagram feed to the Cowichan Valley blog home page. Which means that each time you visit you’ll see fresh social media posts right here. Stop by anytime and enjoy pictures and videos from around the Cowichan Valley as well as other Vancouver Island communities like Victoria & Nanaimo.

Plus, the Vegetable Recipes section is being revamped and growing steadily

I absolutely adore shopping at farm markets and supporting local food producers, so I mostly cook with fresh vegetables.  Bonus! It’s a healthy habit too.

The vegetable recipes category started out as my own personal virtual recipe box.  It was just a convenient place to store them and easily accessed from anywhere.  As it turns out, people like to visit our recipe pages A LOT.

And, so the Easy Vegetable Recipes section will be added to the Cowichan Valley blog regularly.

Now the Facebook feed also appears here on the Cowichan Valley blog home page

Right after this paragraph, you’ll always see a fresh new #iLoveCowichan Facebook page feed that celebrates the beauty of our little slice of paradise. Filled with posts supporting local agriculture, arts, business, and causes.

2 hours ago

I Love Cowichan

💙DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

1st Place Prize Winner in Week 2 of the #BESTLittlePhotoContestEver! 2019 is

CAT PARKYN 😁

Congratulations Cat for winning with your warm, cozy photo of a lovely lakeside campfire! Totally conjures up thoughts of Island Living at its VERY best. Who doesn't relate to a summers eve with friends and beverages around a snug fire. Good laughs, good peeps, beautiful scenery, the occasional bug and a quite possibly a s'mores squishy gooey snack 🥰

We'll pm you for details on collecting your $50 Gift Certificate from Blue Grouse Estate Winery.
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3 days ago

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Light up the Night 2019 ...

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3 days ago

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Timeline PhotosBEACH ADVISORY for Fuller Lake Beach

Testing by Island Health shows bacteria counts exceeding acceptable limits - swimming and wading are NOT recommended at this time. More info here: ow.ly/gec850vzHL1

897 Juice FM Cowichan Valley Citizen
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1 week ago

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Loving this week's theme 💙WEEK #2 IS ABOUT TO START!!

#BESTLittlePhotoContestEver! 2019

Theme - Island Living
1st Place Prize - $50 to Blue Grouse Estate Winery
2nd Place Prize - 1/2 doz fresh Red Roses Roses and More / Dayley Planet

What speaks of Island Living? Loads and loads of things...sand, sea, lakes, rivers, hiking, skiing, boats, surfing. Campers, vans, mountains, family reunions, carnivals, hot rod shows, concerts, ferries and endless summer days

FUN 🤩 FROLIC 🏃‍♀️ FAMILY 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 FRIENDS 🥰

BRING IT TO US, LETS SEE WHAT MAKES ISLAND LIVING SPECIAL FROM YOUR EYES
🏄‍♀️🧗‍♂️🤽‍♀️🚴‍♀️⛹️‍♀️🤸‍♀️🏂🏹⛳️

Post your photo to our FB Page and we will move it into our Week #2 Album. Contest starts today, August 12 and your photo has to be in no later than 6pm on August 17. More details on the pinned post on Mid Island Ink Depot
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1 week ago

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2 weeks ago

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Poof! Just like that; blue sky and sunshine 🌞 ...

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2 weeks ago

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Here comes the sun... ...

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2 weeks ago

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Timeline PhotosFrom #Victoria to #Parksville and everywhere in between! Always traveling up and down the Island, never getting tired of what this beautiful province has to offer!

This week get your tacos at the following locations:
🌮 Tuesday August 6th - At the Summer by the Sea Street Market in Parksville by @parksvillecity from 6pm to 9pm
🌮 Thursday August 8th - At the Commercial Street Night Market in Nanaimo by @nanaimochamber from 5pm to 9pm
🌮 Friday August 9th - At the Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood by @cityofcolwood from noon to 7pm
🌮 Sunday August 11th -At the Cedar Farmers Market by @cedarfarmersmarket from 10am to 2pm
🌮 Also, Sunday August 11th - At @bluegrousewines for their TacoVino event from noon to 4pm (paid entrance)
Hope to see you soon!

#ExploreBC #FoodTruck #MexicanFood #Tacos #VancouverIsland #CowichanValley #GlutenFree #Victoria #Parksville #Nanaimo #Cedar #FarmersMarket #StreetMarket #EatLocal #YesWeCater #MadeFromScratch
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2 weeks ago

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YippeeeeeeeHang in there! It's the start of a long weekend.
#BESTLittlePhotoContestEver! starts on August 5th

Theme - Macro - Close Up
See pin at the top of Mid Island Ink Depot for contest details.
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2 weeks ago

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Ha! And here I was worried about visiting a burger joint...turns out they have an AMAZING house made vegetarian burger.

www.ilovecowichan.ca
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