Vote for as Florida’s favorite Community Events Blog

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on August 29, 2019

There is a wonderful convention for bloggers and online publishers in the Orlando area called FLBlogCon. We have entered in the Community/Events category for a 2019 Sunshine Blog award.

Please click here to vote for NatureCoaster now. On to the story…

When we began, the Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Tourism agencies asked Diane Bedard to join Robin Draper on a VisitFlorida sponsored FAM tour.

The view from Temple Mound A at Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Image by Diane Bedard.

A FAM tour is a familiarization tour for media to help them discover the awesomeness of an area and is usually funded by the tourism agency sponsoring it. Then the writer promotes the destination with their skills, people interact with the content and decide to visit the destination. A win-win.

We toured some of the Nature Coast’s best spots, including a trip to the Crystal River Archaeological State Park with its temple mound complex and a tour of King’s Bay by the Friends. We stayed overnight at Chinsegut Hill and kayaked the Weeki Wachee River. We toured the Pithlachascotee and enjoyed a great meal at Gill Dawgs and more.

Kayaking the Weeki Wachee River. Image by Diane Bedard.

Robin Draper was publishing at the time, and when we met, she began mentoring me in developing

Meeting Robin was definitely a win for NatureCoaster, as she had successful experience in creating a growing an online audience, as well as a generous and giving manner. Over the years, we have become good friends.

FLBlogCon is a one-day conference for communicators held in the Orlando area each September. Attendees learn how to best use electronic communications to evelop their audience and business. Image by Diane Bedard.

That fall, Robin spoke at FLBlogCon and I went to see her. There I met “my people,” and made contacts and friends who work in the same field as I do.

I learned how to grow our online magazine with new tools and better organize and plan for business growth. I learned new techniques for creating content and legal issues to be aware of.

Last year, we entered in FLBlogCon’s award contest for the Local/Events category and WE WON! What an thrill it is to win an award for the best Local/Events Blog in the State of Florida!!

So thrilled to win a 2018 Sunshine Blog award for best Local Blog.

One of the things Robin taught me was to keep trying no matter what. And to set my bar high!

Vote for to win the 2019 Sunshine Blog Award

So we are trying again – please click here and vote for in the Community/Events category to win the 2019 Sunshine Blog Award. The last day for entries is September 4, 2019, so PLEASE take a moment and vote now and share with your friends! Tell them to vote.

Thank you for joining us on the journey to connect with the best of Florida’s Nature Coast through this publication.



Virginia Enoch says

Love the NatureCoaster and send it on to all my neighbors and clients and especially those looking to buy on the Nature Coast who want to know about it. She does an awesome job!!

Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

Thank you, Virginia!

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