No Spotters Weekend in 2020…

With much sadness we have to announce that due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 we will not have a Spotters Weekend this year.

We waited until the last minute to cancel the reservations we had for a very cool weekend we had planned. But we think it’s important that many Spotters from all over the world can join, and right now there is just too much uncertainty in the world…

We hope we can make it happen some other time soon. In the meantime please keep meeting each other in your own city, or on your own city trips and send us pictures so we can all enjoy the community spirit together…

New “My spots” system!

We’re very excited to announce that the new “My spots” system is now live! From now on you’ll manage your articles, message Spotters and check your income here: https://edit.spottedbylocals.com

It’s 100% open source (WordPress.org), much “safer” and we think it looks and works a lot better. It’s also much easier to update / improve!

From now on DO NOT use the “old” link https://form.spottedbylocals.com that you may have bookmarked. Changes to articles are NOT recorded. This link will be inaccessible shortly when all cities are “live”.

It would be really great if you can help us test the system by checking if all your articles look good, by making some small edits to some of your articles and re-submitting them. Or even better: write a new article!

Please email Bart (bart@spottedbylocals.com) if you need any help, if something looks weird, something is not working as expected or if you have any suggestions for making it more user friendly/cool. Screenshots help a lot!

If you have any questions about your articles, please contact Sanne (sanne@spottedbylocals.com).

Welcoming back Madrid Spotter, César!

Gastronomy is my passion and my way of life, it is not only my biggest hobby but it is also my job. Mainly, I do communication for restaurants, so, between the personal and the professional, I spend most of the day surrounded by cooks and delicious dishes to eat and photograph. I’m that friend you usually ask for restaurant recommendations.

We are excited to be welcoming back Madrid Spotter, Cesar! Check out his articles with, yes, his restaurant recommendations!

Our “policy” regarding COVID-19 (Corona)

Dearest Spotters,

We hope you are all safe & healthy. In all our 80 cities COVID-19 has been dominating the news, but slowly things are changing.

Via this message we want to advise you about what to do with your articles.

If your city is opening up again

Please update your articles and write new articles if you can! Now more than ever visitors will be looking for locally-owned spots.

What to do about current articles?
If certain types of spots (like bars or restaurants) are opening again, please check your spots, to see if they still exist and if something needs to be updated.

If all bars & restaurants or other types of spots in your city are still closed due to COVID-19, a visitor to your city will know this. Please don’t take the article offline (unless a spot is closed permanently, or details have changed). Do not add extra information in the article about temporary restrictions regarding COVID-19 in place.

Writing new articles?
Yes please 🙂 Now more than ever visitors will be looking for locally-owned and really quirky and cool spots. Parks, street art etc. will usually stay accessible.

Our website will get a big boost from new articles too by Google 🙂

If most of your spots are in-accessible or closed

As you know we pride ourselves in being one of the very few city guides with always up to date information. As counter-intuitive as it sounds: at this moment we ask you not to make any updates regarding the COVID-19 virus measures affecting your spots.

Why?
1) It is practically impossible for you to keep all details in all articles up to date with the latest information, also when this situation passes. We ourselves couldn’t handle the work involved in guaranteeing all spots to be up to date, both now and in the future. If some spots reflect the latest changes and others don’t, this will lead to confusion amongst readers. We want to avoid this.

2) We know many readers just love reading your articles even if they aren’t planning on traveling to your city in the near future. It would be a shame to deny our readers this pleasure, especially in these times 🙂

3) To save you lots of time.

What to do about current articles?
If all bars & restaurants in your city are closed due to COVID-19, a visitor to your city will know this. Please don’t take the article offline (unless a spot is closed permanently, or details have changed). Do not add extra information in the article about temporary restrictions regarding COVID-19 in place.

Writing new articles?
Continue if you can and write the articles as if there was no COVID-19. If you cannot find the inspiration to write about a certain spot or if you can’t visit the spot to take a picture, we totally understand if you decide to postpone writing this article.

If you have any questions or concerns about our advice, please contact Sanne (sanne@spottedbylocals.com)

 

Take care, stay safe. Big hugs,

Sanne & Bart

Our new Tampere Spotter, Olga!

“I’m a communications professional, a marketing enthusiast, a translator and a dreamer… Tampere has everything you need from a big city in the compact size of a town. I enjoy the laid-back spirit here, the cultural life on a capital scale and the tranquility of nature that is always just nearby…”

We’re excited to welcome our new Tampere Spotter, Olga! Check out her first articles below.

Spotters weekend 2020?

We promised to let you know before April if Spotters Weekend 2020 is on for early November. We were looking forward to sharing some really exciting news about something we’ve been working on since early 2020…

But due to the current circumstances,  we hope you understand we cannot make a final decision. We hope to get back to you as soon as possible, as we really understand you all need plenty of notice to schedule a weekend away.