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Best of Vancouver 2009

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 — 10:05am PST
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For 14 years the Georgia Straight had put together an annual Best of Vancouver issue.

The BOV combines dozens of reader’s choice categories with staff selections and editor’s picks. This morning I headed to the steps of City Hall to accept my award for “Best Local Blog”, as voted upon by the readers of the Straight.

Best Local Blog
1. Miss604
2. Lainey Gossip
3. Vancouver Is Awesome

I have read the issue front to back and would really like to highlight some of my favourites and friends of who were also honored.

Best Vancouver Politician
Mayor Gregor Robertson

Best BC Beer
Granville Island Brewing

Best Free Wifi
Waves Coffee

Best Local Theatre Company
The Arts Club

Best Local Hockey Hero
Trevor Linden

Best Wedding Photographer
Blue Olive Photography

Best Local Performing Arts Festival
Bard on the Beach

Resort/Hotel – Vancouver Island
The Wickaninnish Inn

Best Local Author
Douglas Coupland

Best Local Sports Team Fan Site or Forum

Best Local Website for Green Living
Granville Magazine

Best Movie Theatre
Cinemark Tinseltown

As a bonus, there are also some “Editor’s Choice” categories and I was named “Local Tweeter who best balances the social and media in social media”.

You gotta love Rebecca Bollwitt, better known as Miss604. She’s been one of the city’s top bloggers for years and has built a prolific career utilizing and exploring social-media possibilities in the 2.0 world. So it’s no wonder that Miss604 has emerged as Vancouver’s top tweeter. Being a good tweeter is a tricky thing, let alone being a great one. You need to follow, you need to be followed, and, most importantly, you need to contribute, whether in the form of retweets or original posts. Miss604 does a grand job of balancing the “social” and the “media” part of this social-media platform.

Although some businesses use it solely for marketing purposes, Miss604 broadcasts a nice mix of resourceful links with personal notes from her everyday life. Combining both talent and passion for the platform, Miss604 organized a fundraising charity “twestival” earlier this year, with a second one scheduled for this autumn. []

This is really huge for me and I would like to thank each and every person who has come across over the years — and especially those who voted in the 2009 Best of Vancouver awards. I try my best to supply interesting information, while also giving back in terms of contests and sharing content from other great online contributors. Without my fantastic readership I wouldn’t have been able to raise over $10,000 for local charities so far in 2009 (through events I’ve organized and my Blogathon campaign).

The support from readers and the social media community in Vancouver is what keeps this blog alive. For this I am truly grateful, humbled, and I sincerely thank you all.

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  1. paul says:

    congrats on your (double) win!

  2. Miss604 says:

    Congrats to you too Paul, I saw you guys as #3 best indie band!!

  3. Gillian Shaw says:

    Congratulations on best local blog plus the editor’s choice. You give so much to the community — thanks for the blog, the tweets and all you do!

  4. VancityAllie says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! You really deserve it! We’ve all been reading your blog for years and I’m sure many (including myself) currently in the blogging scene have also been inspired by you.

  5. Big Congrats to you, Rebecca! You deserve the wins!

  6. Peter vT ~ @PvT says:

    Congrats! You deserve the recognition. FTW

  7. Dom Richards says:

    Congratulations Rebecca, fully deserved.

  8. Rob J says:

    Well done, Rebecca!

  9. Emme Rogers says:

    Huge congratulations! Very well deserved!

  10. Hi Rebecca,
    Congratulations to you and many thanks for listing the Wickaninnish Inn as one of your personal favorites on the Georgia Straight’s BOV List! We are thrilled! It was a great morning!
    Jodi Bartlett
    Director of Sales
    The Wickaninnish Inn

  11. Congratulations, Rebecca! You really deserve all the accolades!

    And thanks for the shout out!

    Cheers, Hilary

  12. I’m always amazed at the schedule you keep the hours you put in, not to mention the information you provide your readers and followers both in words and photos.

    Keep up the great work! The accolades well deserved!

  13. Alan Hawker says:

    Congratulations, you deserve the accolade.

  14. Glenn says:

    Congratulations on the win! Not only do you write an informative blog, you are also doing so much work for charities. You definitely deserve the award (and probably a few others, too…)

    Nice job!

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