Going on Four Years of Blogging Miss604.com

Comments 32 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Update: You may notice a few changes around here over the next few weeks. It will be a bit of a transition period for while, but hang in there and you won’t be disappointed.

As one of my favourite quotes from the Breakfast Club goes…. “So it’s sorta social, demented and sad, but social. Right?” Well, kinda.

Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

It’s not too sad for me really, as I’m extremely grateful to be a part of what’s going on in this city over the last few years. I’m also very proud to have also passed the 1,000 blog post mark on this site, and to be entering Miss604.com‘s fourth year of blogging.

Miss604.com GEAR Years ago I was doing my little blog posts (with song lyrics as titles) about Surrey, cereal boxes, and hockey. I kept a distance from my readers and rarely mentioning much about my personal life, or my full name. Not that I suggest all anonymous bloggers reveal everything about themselves, but it was my comfort level at the time. I ramped up my blogging when this cute boy from Iowa (that I imported to Canada) suggested that it might be fun to write a little more frequently, often cutting off my sentences mid-discussion with “See?! You should blog about this!” and so I did. He eventually got me to join him on one of his “podcasts”, and the rest they say, is archived.

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

I have received so much from the community, aside from fuchsia shirts, name tags, and Jones Soda. I’m pretty thankful this is where I my feet are. I can feel at home, I can be a nerd and part of an unconventional community that is making an impact.

Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

I have met so many great people through this medium and all of this is just a constant learning experience. This past year, through blogging I was able to raise over $600 for the Surrey Food Bank and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It was my readers that made all of this possible, so in a way you are all a part of this community as well – whether you’d like to admit it or not.

Photo credit: Keira/Tony on Flickr

Photo credit: tyfn on Flickr

Photo credit: Kerry-Anne on Flickr

Thanks to you I’ve been able to switch from Blogger to WordPress, PC to Mac, shove donuts in my face on National television, get through job woes, have some great guest authors, and tell stories about getting a split in the crotch of my pants. You know, among other things.

Here’s hoping the next year of Miss604.com will bring fewer ejections from stadiums, less rippage of the clothing, and more interaction with the good people of this town. Above all, I wouldn’t still be doing this if not for the encouragement of the social media evangelists of Vancouver – you know who you are.

Photo credit: tyfn on Flickr

To celebrate going into my fourth year of ALL of this, check back here on Monday morning @ 7:30am PT sharp for a super cool announcement that will have to do with expressing my appreciation and sharing a couple warm fuzzies, among other things. Thanks for keeping me going all these years guys.

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  1. PatZFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 12:36pm PST

    congrats on four years!

  2. AdelaideFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 12:46pm PST

    I’ve only been reading your blog for the past year, and it is absolutely refreshing, honest, informative and hilarious. You feel like a friend, even though I’ve never met you. You’re doing an awesome job.

    I never knew you met John through your blog. Too cute.

  3. JordanFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 12:52pm PST

    Congrats on reaching the four year milestone, you veteran! I think this Christmas will be a full 3 years for me…I’ll try to remember to mark the occasion.

  4. Tyler IngramFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 1:14pm PST

    Wow 4 years? Congrats! I can’t remember when I first starting reading Miss604 but I enjoy reading it all the time. Keep it up!

  5. Keira-AnneFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 1:46pm PST

    I am so happy and excited for you 🙂 Congratulations on your milestone, hun.

    P.S. Holy crap we’re all so cute!

  6. taradenFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 1:48pm PST

    Wow… four years… congrats! I haven’t been blogging too much myself lately and haven’t visited your blog in awhile. But I happened to stumble over here today just in time to read this post. Keep up the good work 😀

  7. Miss604Friday, November 30th, 2007 — 2:00pm PST

    Thanks everyone. The old days of miss604.blogspot.com reached back a little further than the domain, I believe I’ve only had the “.com” since 2005.

    PS – Be sure to come back Monday morning… I’m pretty excited… hope you will be too 🙂

  8. DaveOFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 2:24pm PST

    You are classic Vancouver through and through! You know the deep untracked corners of the ‘burbs and the hippest bit of downtown and always able to bring me content on the topics i enjoy: hockey, free fests and activities, and general media mudrackery. Glad to be part of your posse!

  9. gusgreeperFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 2:29pm PST

    congratulations!! you rule and your blog gets better every day!!

    thanks for including my photo that makes me feel tres special, good times 🙂

    keep up the fantastic work… i look forward to getting my *news* from you!

  10. Paul HillsdonFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 4:15pm PST

    I had no clue you’ve been at this for four years now! You’re definitely a pro at blogging. I’m going to go dig for some history at the Internet Archive now 😛

    Congrats Rebecca. It’s quite the milestone. I love the blog and hope you keep it up for some time to come 🙂

  11. JenniferFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 4:32pm PST

    Congratulations on four years, Rebecca! You are truly an inspiration and your site is a daily (sometimes more than once daily) read for me. FYI, this post contains some of the most adorable photos ever!
    Keep up the amazing work that you do. We, the readers, appreciate the passion that you have for it so much!

  12. Miss604Friday, November 30th, 2007 — 4:37pm PST

    @Paul – earliest post I have on this archive trail is Nov 2004, but here’s a snapshot from November 2005 as well.

  13. MegFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 6:57pm PST

    Congrats, girl! That’s brilliant. And wow… you are Miss Photogenic, too.

  14. ArianeFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 7:14pm PST

    happy bloggiversary! 🙂

  15. JennieFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 7:54pm PST

    I know you’re not a hug person, but *hugs*!!!

  16. The other John BFriday, November 30th, 2007 — 9:11pm PST

    Congratulations! I had no idea you’ve been going for so long….I should probably read some of the archives 😉

    Keep it up!

  17. KeithSaturday, December 1st, 2007 — 9:51am PST

    Congratulations on hitting four years, it truly is a blogging milestone.

    I’m only coming up on a mere two years for my re-launched blog, but I’ll get here someday.

    You’ve come a long way since those days in the portable-city of Camp QE!


  18. Duane StoreySaturday, December 1st, 2007 — 10:52am PST

    You’ve been around four years? Wow.

  19. BradleySaturday, December 1st, 2007 — 11:55am PST

    996 posts actually were yours

    1 from me

    2 from jenny

    1 from kim

    just sayin’

  20. Miss604Saturday, December 1st, 2007 — 12:03pm PST

    Brother Brad: I’m at 1,041 now 😛

  21. gusgreeperSaturday, December 1st, 2007 — 12:47pm PST

    loving your look so far… header RULES!

  22. RaulSaturday, December 1st, 2007 — 5:14pm PST

    Congratulations Rebecca!

    I wrote a little homage post here for you 🙂


    I’ll be away from the country for a few weeks, but will be posting intermittently and checking on your blog to keep up to date with Vancouver events. All the best to you, John and both your families over Christmas and in the New Year.


  23. Jonathon NarveySaturday, December 1st, 2007 — 6:56pm PST

    Congratulations. You are an inspiration.

  24. abc4Saturday, December 1st, 2007 — 7:53pm PST

    did you make it snow? does this mean that you have reached fairy godmother status? if so please dont turn me into a goat! what with the clovenness of the hooves….

    its been a real treat getting to know you + yours this year. classy people, i always say.

    also ps do you think that ilanaaq is going to start rampaging to call out quatchi and the gang for an apocalyptic olympic battle powerpuff style??

    pps i do.

  25. J.J.Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 — 2:42pm PST

    Congratulation Rebecca!

    Heck of a milestone!

    From your fellow Surrey-ite.

  26. maurarMonday, December 3rd, 2007 — 12:15am PST

    Congratulations Rebecca. Love your posts and all the photos.

    Maybe I should move back to Boston and be Miss617? 🙂 Nah, I think Vancouver is stuck with this Bostonian for a while.

    Hope to see you at Launch Party on the 5th.

  27. fotoeinsMonday, December 3rd, 2007 — 6:30am PST

    Happy 4th year to you and your blog. I’ll raise my cup of Glühwein to you all tomorrow night from Heidelberg. 😉

  28. Mom604Monday, December 3rd, 2007 — 8:41am PST

    fotoeins – Guten Tag! Heidelberg is very near where I was born. I love Germany. Ich wish Ich could afford to go back every year.

  29. GZ ExpatMonday, December 3rd, 2007 — 11:52pm PST

    I’m catching up on all the blogs…Congrats! Way to go… I find the same things of myself when blogging too…although my community is smaller and I don’t reach out as much…I do find that when I do meet other bloggers (such as yourself and John), it is usually a pretty cool experience.

    Nice flip-flops! ;-/

  30. tyfnTuesday, December 4th, 2007 — 12:49am PST

    Congrats on 4 years. I absolutely love watching you live blog and thanks for the photo credits. You rock.

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