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How to Get the Most out of WeekendNotes

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
I'm an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
Published June 1st 2017
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How to Get the Most out of WeekendNotes

So, you stumbled across WeekendNotes in your research to find things to do and places to go in your fair city; or a Facebook friend 'liked' an article about an upcoming event; or a friend just started writing for us. It doesn't really matter how you got here, now you are here you need to know how to make the most of WeekendNotes so you're always up to date with what's happening, not just in your town, but in places all around the world. You'll be so happy you'll want to do a happy dance, just like Kermit.

WeekendNotes is not just a website and email newsletter service about your own city, it's your key to the world. Want to know the best restaurants in Brisbane? How about Melbourne's best markets? Where can you find London's favourite parks? Or Sydney's premier nightlife? Or the best of the outdoors on the Sunshine Coast? Or Canberra's cutest cafes? We can answer all these questions, and loads more, besides.

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See the full city list here, and, if that list looks a little daunting, you'll find all the major cities here.

We have articles that cover what to see and do in places from Buenos Aires to Victoria Falls, and a whole lot of cities and towns in between. We even have an Everywhere category for articles that aren't specific to any one place, like book or film reviews or DIY tips, health and fitness.

Once you've found the city you're looking for you want the most efficient way to search. There are thousands of articles in any given city about subjects ranging from Christmas, restaurants and beaches to festivals, community events and shopping. My home city of Brisbane, for example, currently has more than 12,500 articles, and, as entertaining and informative as those articles are, you probably don't want to wade through them all, so here are some tips.

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Brisbane. Image by writer.

We'll use Brisbane as an example, but all these tips can be utilised on any of our city homepages.
You can see on the Brisbane homepage that handy headings will direct you.

From the top you'll see:
Featured Articles
Top Events - upcoming event articles that are currently receiving lots of views and 'likes'
Popular Articles - currently popular articles
Editor's Choice Articles - those that have received an award for their writers for excellence
Lists - Articles like "Top Ten... ", "Best Activities... " etc.
Activities - things you can do any day
Places - restaurants, cafes, parks etc.
Questions - "Where is the Best...?"

Click on anything that takes your fancy.

You'll also see a list of article categories running down the left-hand side of the page. From these you can click on a special day like ANZAC Day or Mothers Day, or whatever category you like, from Classical Music and Day Trips to Sport and Theatre.

You can click on events for a specific month, and once you're there, you can click on a specific date within that month. It couldn't be easier.

Once the world has been opened to you you may wish to take the next step in your WeekendNotes journey - Subscribe - and there are many ways to do this.

Subscribe for your city
Whatever city you live in you need never be left floundering for entertainment options again. At the top left-hand corner of every city homepage you'll find a link to subscribe to articles for your city. It's a piece of cake, and this will allow you to have your city's cake AND eat it, too. And if you're planning a trip (New York is nice at any time of year) subscribe to your destination city to find out all the things you should do and places you should visit while you're there. See, the world really is your oyster (cake and oysters - now that's an interesting combination!).

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New York City. Image by writer.

Subscribe to a writer
If you like the writings of a particular writer you can subscribe to receive email notifications about just their articles.

As an example, let's say you're from Adelaide and you're looking for interesting things to do in June. Using the search instructions above you find this article from Adelaide's top writer, Dave Walsh. You follow the links to some of Dave's other articles and find that you love Dave's writing, events and topics. You can subscribe to his articles by clicking on the subscribe to Dave Walsh's articles link at the bottom of this article.

You can also see underneath this article that Dave has a number of topics that he regularly writes about. If you're a history buff you might like to subscribe to Dave's history articles or if trains are more your thing try his rail articles.

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Breakfast at Vivo Coffee - se Image by Julia Massey. Subscribe to restaurants in your city.

Subscribe to a category
Okay, so, you don't want to tie yourself to the works of just one writer, but you really love galleries or playgrounds or festivals or eating out. You can subscribe to just those categories, or any other category we have.

For example, if you've discovered this restaurant review by Sydney's Irenke Forsyth you will see a list of categories underneath the article. If burgers are your thing you can subscribe to Burgers by clicking on the link. More interested in restaurants in general? Then click on the Restaurants subscribe link. You've now got dining out in Sydney sorted (just watch out for anywhere that serves a cake and oysters combo).

Have Fun

Now all you have to do is go out and have fun at all the restaurants, festivals, parks, exhibitions, or free and family events you've discovered. Or, is it? There are a few more things you might consider.

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Great info!
by Former Writer (score: 2|308) 2200 days ago
Love it - Great article Geraldine
by Postcards from Shayne (score: 2|688) 2201 days ago
Great info, thank you so much.
by foste (score: 0|2) 2201 days ago
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