Blogathon 2009 – Visitors

July 26th, 2009 @ 2:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #42 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

We’re almost done this year’s Blogathon and I’m truly glad that I organized the on-site event at Workspace. Things have been much more exciting, pleasant, and fun with others around. Aside from the group of about 10-15 bloggers, we’ve also had all sorts of interesting guests stop by.

Blogathon 2009 – Midwest Summer Storms

July 26th, 2009 @ 2:00am (PT) by John Bollwitt

Post #41 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

The following guest post was contributed by John Bollwitt

Lightning

Hanging out at WorkSpace today for Blogathon, Rebecca snapped this great picture. It’s one of many, many streaks of lightning that filled the sky in the late afternoon, and these things aren’t that common. I don’t think I’ve seen a storm like that in about four years, which is when I moved here from eastern Iowa.

In the Midwest, you expect these things, and that’s because you have to.

As I watched the wall cloud come in over Mt. Seymour, that was a site that would strike a little fear into your gut as it came out of the horizon back home. What followed that was anyone’s guess. Intense wind to bust up trees, torrents of rain that could sweep your car off the road, baseball sized hail that would lead to cheap new car prices on damaged stock, or the ever friendly tornado that might knock on your door as an uninvited guest.

Watching the lightning zap the holy hell out of the mountains, it reminded me of those times when it was, “Get to the basement!” And it always seem like at that very moment, you’ve got to pee. The adrenaline kicks in and you do what you’ve been told over and over to do in school, but you still have this worst timing hit you at the same time.

That’s because tornadoes are pretty damn scary. They are additively fascinating to try and catch a glimpse of, but you just don’t want it to get too close because I’ve driven through towns that were ripped apart on a direct hit. I’ve grasped onto my mother under a blanket while the wind thumped against our house, sort of saying good-byes to each other through mutual I Iove yous.

That was one of my first times being on the radio when WMT called our house to speak to a witness. I barely had my nerves together enough to say my name correctly yet alone recount all the trees and power lines down in our neighborhood.

Everyone seems to have a personal story or knows a story of someone else with experiences like this. You can never be too careful when it comes to any storm, but the one that reached downtown today was fairly impressive in its own right. Like I said, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen something like that.


Photo credit: penmachine on Flickr

About John: John Bollwitt is a blogger, podcaster, radio broadcast engineer and Co-Founder of sixty4media. You can find him on Twitter @JohnBollwitt.

Blogathon 2009 – Miss604 Flickr Group

July 26th, 2009 @ 1:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #40 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

I use a least one photo in about 90% of my blog posts, and each image used it sourced from Flickr (and under a Creative Commons license). A while back I created the Miss604 Flickr Group so that photographers can share their work with me, bring it to my attention, and also let me know (by adding their image to the group) that I can use their photo in a blog post.

Here are a few examples of photos that have been submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool over the last week.


Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr


Photo credit: Tawcan on Flickr

Photo credit: Judy B on Flickr


Blogathon 2009 – Tweet for Charity with the Hellmann's RealFood Campaign

July 26th, 2009 @ 1:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #39 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Using social media for a cause is a fantastic idea and it seems big companies are catching on about how effective its tools can be. This summer Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise is donating 25 cents to Evergreen for every use of #realfood on Twitter. This means every time you simply make an update and include #realfood, this non-profit gets a donation.

On July 29th Hellmann’s is taking it a step further and will up their donation to a dollar a tweet. That’s right, they’re hoping that this social media medium used by thousands across Canada will help them reach their goal of $25,000 by September 30th.

The campaign doesn’t cost you a thing, and Evergreen benefits. Sounds like a good idea to me.

Blogathon 2009 – The 24 Hour Toll

July 26th, 2009 @ 12:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #38 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

19 hours into Blogathon and there are some silly things going on over here. People are overtired and some may have consumed one too many energy drinks. Regardless, spirits are high and good times are still ahead. Here’s a quick static time-lapse of my friend Duane’s desk at Blogathon.

How Duane gets through Blogathon



Blogathon 2009 – Nucks Misconduct

July 26th, 2009 @ 12:00am (PT) by Guest Author

Post #37 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

The following guest post was contributed by Sean Zandberg of Nucks Misconduct

I have been blogging about the Vancouver Canucks and the NHL since June 2004. The reason why I started putting thoughts and rants to keyboard in the first place was because of a close friend of mine nicknamed Temujin who ran a political blog called West Coast Chaos, Alanah McGinley (formerly of Vancouver Canucks Op Ed now of Canucks And Beyond fame, and a couple of her Crazy Canuck friends who I also in turn followed: John and Rebecca Bollwitt.

It’s amazing how much we have evolved since then. It just goes to show that if you start a site and you want to be successful you have to stick with it and work hard at it.

Blogathon 2009 – Whale Impaled on Cruise Ship

July 25th, 2009 @ 11:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #36 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

That’s probably the most morbid title I’ve ever had on a blog post but it’s something that happened today in Vancouver. The Sapphire Princess pulled into port (which we can see from our position here at Workspace) with a (now) deceased fin whale stuck to its bow. John Biehler, who was visiting us at Blogathon, walked over to the cruise ship terminal to take some photos.


Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

His images ended up getting picked up by the Globe and Mail. It’s a pretty sad tale but I am happy that our friend got some exposure for his images, despite the grim circumstances.

Blogathon 2009 – As it Happens

July 25th, 2009 @ 11:00pm (PT) by Guest Author

Post #35 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

The following guest post has been contributed by by Jane Victoria King.

Mum always used to say, “Everything happens for a reason, you won’t realize it now, you will later.”

Hard to take when you’re down and out. When something has gone wrong. When you can’t for the life of you figure out why. And the only thoughts that come to mind are “WHY ME?” Along with the emotion anger, maybe depression, and possibly dismay.