Rebecca Bollwitt is a well-known face in Vancouver. Her blog Miss604.com was voted ‘Best Vancouver Blog’ by the Georgia Straight in 2009, 2010 and 2011, ‘Best Local Blog’ by The Westender in 2010 and 2011 as well as being ranked within the top ten blogs in Canada by PostRank.
She’s a prolific blogger, well-respected speaker and a member of the Canadian Red Cross Twitter Team.
What motivates her? Let’s find out…
What do you love most about your job?
I love researching local history, exploring my hometown - and even the far reaches of the globe, sharing information with my readers, and being my own boss is definitely a plus!
Are you a full time or part time blogger?
I am a full time blogger and I also run a website development company with my husband, so I'm full time self-employed.
What do you look for in a story?
First and foremost, the story needs to interest me. I'm not a major publication, I am still a true blogger at heart so my interest and passion for a topic needs to be present in each article. Second, it should be a fit for my audience which would be something applicable to locals and family-friendly. I have a soft spot for non-profits like the UGM, CKNW Orphans' Fund, YWCA, Developmental Disabilities Association and so those stories are usually given priority as well.
What’s your biggest bug bare when working with PRs?
I am fortunate enough to have many great connections in the PR industry and am thankful that they reach out to me, as an outlet. I think a lack of a personal touch is probably the biggest no-no. You don't need to know when my birthday is but you should know my content style and that I'm not a "Sir or Madam", I'm Rebecca.
What’s your average day like?
I'm most productive in the early mornings so I get up, do a workout with my husband (something I've recently started), then write my content for the day. Around 10:00am I start work on company website projects and perhaps research stories for the rest of the week.
What’s your favourite social network and why?
In my line of work, Twitter has been the most valuable. My personal Facebook account is locked down so it's for family and friends. Twitter on the other hand is a tool that I can use to make hyper-local connections and reach around the world. Since there is only 140 characters to make your statement, it almost always leads to an expanded conversation, which is where the real value lies. It's a great first step or hand-shake.
What coffee shop are you most likely to be found in?
In Vancouver, it's usually whatever is closest. You can't walk a block without finding a purveyor of caffeine and as long as the atmosphere is conducive to getting some work done or having a casual conversation (or interviewing a new band) it's a hit with me.
What’s your personal career ambition?
I recently gave a talk at the Women in Leadership Foundation where I realized that I'm currently living out my second "dream job". I had my first dream job back in 2002 when I moved to Boston with an online media company, and since 2008 I've been running my own business. I don't know what my third dream job will be or where this will lead me but I'm always one to seize a new opportunity. If I can continue writing along the way, I'll be happy.