#WRawesome Online: RQ Magazine

I have a weekly segment on CKWR with Randolph J. Johnston called #WRawesome Online, Mondays at about 12:30.

Each week, I’ll feature an interesting website, blog, twitter feed, facebook page or other online destination related to Waterloo Region. I hope by doing so that I’ll help people find places online that help them to connect to their community–online and in the real world. By doing so, I hope to help people find online places that they might not find otherwise and make our community a better place to live.

For folks looking for communications advice, you can get tips from each selection featured. I’ll highlight at least one in my weekly post.

RQ Magazine

I haven’t talked nearly enough about blogging and the benefits of it on this blog. I vow to change that.

This week’s selection is a blog by Hilary Abel called: RQ Magazine. Warning: the language can sometimes be rated PG!

RQ is a great source to find out what’s happening in Waterloo Region. If you are into arts and culture, you’ll find it a great resource on what is happening. It’s not a directory but Hilary is very involved in the community especially the arts scene and so readers can stay in touch with it through her. It also hits some of the issues facing out community and a smattering of the life of Hilary Abel.

A great inspiration to blog

Hilary’s writing reflects her personality and her distinctive voice. She’s developed a community who like what she says, thinks and features. As a result, she’s been able to turn 5 a 7 into a weekly event on Thursdays, pull off a rolling arts event on a train known as Steel Rails and help readers let regional council know what they think about light rail transit.

I credit Hilary with being the catalyst for me to be a blogger myself. When I met her and heard that she had a blog about Kitchener, it helped convince me that I needed to have my own because I had many ideas about how to make Kitchener better.

In a way, even the name of this segment can be credited to Hilary. She coined the hashtag #KWawesome that became popular for talking about what is great about Kitchener and Waterloo. I felt that there needed to be a similar hashtag that included Cambridge and the townships and so I started using #WRawesome. So #WRawesome Online seemed to be a natural title for sharing great online people and destinations in or relevant to Waterloo Region.

RQ Magazine is a great inspiration for making your voice heard.


Great post, James. And thanks for giving credit where credit is due! Dear Hilary, you rock :)

James Howe
James Howe

Thanks Jenn! I'm happy to put the spotlight where it's deserved and at the same time introduce some new folks to RQ Magazine and the woman behind it all.


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