Northern Voice Dinner 2009 and Last Minute Notes

Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend the UBC Forestry Sciences building will be filled with a sold-out crowd of 300 social media enthusiasts. Canada’s largest personal blogging conference, Northern Voice, will kick off tomorrow morning with two special keynotes, a main conference track as well as an unconference track. On Saturday there will be another keynote and several panels, including two of mine.

Tonight everyone is gathering at Frederico’s for the official conference dinner (which is also sold-out) but it will be Bollwitt-less. Last year John was under the weather and I went to the dinner without him. To say that I was missing him / thinking of him all night long would be an understatement. This year after going strong for the last few weeks with his day job (which often spills into the night when there’s a Canucks game) on top of our work for sixty4media, John is feeling under the weather yet again. This time, I’m staying in with him; making some dinner, steeping some tea, and covering him with our super awesome Iowa fleece blankets.

Photo credit: Raul on Flickr

We’re not boycotting (but some others are due to certain sponsorship) we’re simply taking time out for ourselves, which just really needs to happen tonight otherwise we’ll both run entirely into the ground.

Conferences, dinners, and networking events are important — especially to folks like us whose entire business is based on such things — however taking care of yourself, and the person you love most, must come first.

I look forward to seeing the pictures pop up on Flickr (tagged: northernvoice09) and I’ll post a few here when they start rolling in. I hope everyone has a fantastic time tonight and I’ll see you bright and early at UBC for the morning address and keynotes.

Tips for the morning: How to get there, bring your own lanyard, child care is provided, there is an iCal-friendly Northern Voice schedule, the conference hashtag is #northernvoice09.

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9 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Tanya (aka NetChick)Thursday, February 19th, 2009 — 6:01pm PST

    You’ll both be missed tonight!!!!

    Come over and play the MEET n’ GREET if you have time!

  2. Tanya (aka NetChick)Thursday, February 19th, 2009 — 6:02pm PST

    Hmmm… did my post get deleted?

    I’ll try again…

    You’ll both be missed!

    If you have time, come over and play the MEET n’ GREET!

  3. Miss604Thursday, February 19th, 2009 — 6:05pm PST

    Rescued it from spam – thanks!

  4. Rick Raws the BawsThursday, February 19th, 2009 — 6:52pm PST

    How on earth are there so many blogging conferences? I don’t get how publishing one’s daily musings can require so much discussion.

  5. Derek K. MillerThursday, February 19th, 2009 — 6:56pm PST

    We bloggers like to meet, gab, and maybe get drunk together on occasion.

  6. GregThursday, February 19th, 2009 — 6:59pm PST

    How on earth are there so many hockey games?

  7. GregThursday, February 19th, 2009 — 7:05pm PST

    I’d say it basically comes down to bloggers being poor and unable to travel, so there’s an opportunity for conferences in all localities 😛

    @Rick what I don’t get is how in 2009, one would still confuse the medium of a blog with the practice of writing about oneself. There is so much out there, on so many different topics. A blog is just another container for language!

  8. RaulThursday, February 19th, 2009 — 7:06pm PST

    @ Rick – erm, how many blogging conferences are there? I only know of Northern Voice and recently, WordCamp Whistler. Are you aware of any others that we don’t know about? If so, do let us know! 🙂

    I am thinking maybe Rick thinks that all the tech events that happen in Vancouver are conferences, when there clearly are not.

  9. Duane StoreyThursday, February 19th, 2009 — 9:43pm PST

    Glad to see you have the right priorities! Toss another blanket on John for me!

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