I got contacted yesterday by a CBC reporter from Halifax wanting to know if a Facebook group that I administer is more popular now due to COVID. The Facebook group in question is:
Off the Grid: Eastern Canada, and it is specifically a group for people living in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador.
I told the reporter YES, and here's why: The number of members in the group have soared in recent months. According to notes I made on the group page:
- We had 300 members back on January 13th 2020 (pre-COVID).
- We broke 700 members on August 14th.
- Broke 1000 members on October 24th.
- As of 10 AM today we have 1372 members, which includes 115 new members just in the last week.
If I look at my blog, Project Gridless, there has also been a recent meteoric rise in popularity during the past year.
Roughly 98K of the 400K visitors from the last decade are just from 2020. In 2020 you see a sudden and steep rise in the blog's popularity, with a minor dip in the middle during Summer (which is normal during Summer as more people are outdoors).
I should note however that my blog isn't just about off grid living, it is also about outdoor activities like fishing, archery, etc - activities that have also seen a boom during the same time period.
It is a shame I cannot do polls on here... It would be handy for measuring whether people are more interested in living off grid these days due to COVID.
But I can do polls on the Facebook group.
So if people want to join Off the Grid: Eastern Canada I will be posting a few polls on there today.