Journal: News & Comment

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
# 12:19:00 PM:

Get ye to an island and blog!

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Of the many pleasures to be had living in Vancouver, from the relatively mild weather to the spectacular mountains to the lovely seashore to the vibrant young city itself, one of the best is all the nearby islands. It's not difficult to get on a boat or ferry (or two, or three) and find yourself within sight of the city lights, yet quietly isolated at sea.

Last September, Kris Krug posted about his experiences (with a bunch of photos, of course) at the Web of Change meeting on Cortes Island, at the north end of Georgia Strait near Campbell River. At the time I thought it looked like a cool event, in an extremely West Coast change-the-world-but-stay-laid-back way.

Well, now the same facility on Cortes, Hollyhock, is hosting "Word Power: Finding Your Blog's Unique Voice" from May 17 through 21, featuring Alexandra Samuel and Rob Cottingham. I know Rob from among the Web 2.0 cabal here in Vancouver, and he asked me to post about the event, but I would have anyway. Why?

Well, even though I'm unlikely to attend because of many other obligations, if you're going to get together to talk about blogging—and more importantly, to talk less about the tech of blogging than the writing and social aspects of it—why not head off to a beautiful island retreat? It ain't cheap ($400 Cdn, plus meals and accommodation), but if you're looking for a pleasant vacation that will feed your geek brain too, why not?


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