Ottawa’s best blogs to look out for

WITH ANOTHER YEAR past, many often reflect on the year gone by, but part of the new year is being excited for what’s to come. Considering that practically everyone and their grandmother has a blog, we’d thought it’d be appropriate to look into Ottawa blogs to check out in 2012. Whether it’s a blog chronicling someone’s life or an environmentally focused blog, there’s one to suit your taste. So, what should you be reading in 2012?

 The O-Dot

Ottawa’s very own version of The Onion, this faux news blog will leave you laughing out loud. One story the O-Dot covered was about a Westboro mama who helped create a gender-neutral and racially friendly snowperson with her kids. Another discussed a 9000-year-old stroller discovered by a fictitious University of Ottawa  professor on Wellington Street. If you’re all for a hilarious—and highly addictive—Ottawa-based blog, check out the O-Dot.

 Green Living Ottawa

This blog is definitely for environment-loving Ottawans. Covering everything green in Ottawa since 2007, this blog sometimes relies on guest bloggers for posts because the founder doesn’t reside in Ottawa anymore. However, this doesn’t stop the blog from being updated regularly. Green Living Ottawa gives tips on how to live greener in the city.

 Sincerely, Sabrina

Any budding fashionista should check out This Ottawa blogger writes about all things fashion. Although in her bio the communications student denies being an authority on fashion, you wouldn’t be able to tell by her in-depth posts. Recent tips included ideas for a cute New Year’s Eve outfit and dressing appropriately for the post holiday season. Like most fashion bloggers, Sabrina posts her own outfits of the day.

 Le Mien

Eighteen months ago, Kym Shumsky decided to photograph 100 strangers and then upload their pictures onto her website, Shumsky, who completed her goal this past December as a part of the 100 Strangers Project, did more than just photograph her subjects—she got to know them. Le Mien is filled with portraits of people from Ottawa, along with a quick blurb about who they are. Check it out, you might recognize a face.

 Apartment 613

This Ottawa blog made the top of our list for a very good reason—it’s a must-visit. Covering an array subjects including visual arts, theatre, dance, and music, Apartment 613 also answers the age-old problem every Ottawan faces: What is there to do in Ottawa? Click on this blog to get the lowdown on what’s going on in your city.

—Sofia Hashi