Thursday, April 24, 2014

Get Inspired at #WeCapella May 6

Blogging is something that requires inspiration. Sometimes I get inspired to write by things I read, or things that I hear, or see, or feel. I just can't predict what will set me off, but when it happens, I grab the nearest electronic device and start writing. But there's more to inspiration than an idea for a post. There's the little push I get to keep going when I get a positive comment on the blog, the big boost when I get comments in person from people who read it. Then there's the buzz I get when I meet other bloggers and hear their stories. When I talk with other writers like me and listen to their ideas.

This buzz, this inspiration, is the reason I attend and get involved with blogger meetups. Just like a good writer has to also be a prolific reader, a good blogger can't do it all from home in isolation. You have to get out there and talk to people. So here's your chance: WeCapella, May 6, 6:30-9pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre. It's going to be an evening of engaging speakers who you'll have a chance to ask questions. There will be networking aplenty with other content creators. You'll leave inspired, I promise you!

Speakers at WeCapella include:

Manda Aufochs Gillespie
Manda Aufochs Gillespie is The Green Mama. In her 20 years in the field she has “greened” one of North America’s only urban ecovillages, one of Chicago’s largest daycares, a multi-million dollar residential project, a Guatemalan orphanage, and has been dubbed the “green guru” by the media, appearing on HBO, ABC, and CBC. She engages directly with hundreds of parents through classes, consulting, and through writing. She is the author of the first green parenting book for Canadians, Green Mama: Giving your child a healthy start and a greener future, and publishes the popular

Jaeny Baik
Jaeny Baik transforms women entrepreneurs from “zero to hero” on video. For a decade she dug up stories for the CBC as a reporter and TV host. Her first show won a Gracie Allen Award from New York, and after hosting “Living Vancouver” viewership shot up by almost 50%. Now Jaeny coaches on-camera performance, directs YouTube videos, and crafts stories with authentic *’PUNCH!* She’s trained clients around the world, including Doha, Qatar via Video Skype.

Prem Gill
Prem Gill is Director of Original Programming & Production at TELUS, where she drives the development for Telus Optik Local community programming. She has worked in media and entertainment for almost 20 years and is a passionate ambassador for local content creation. She also loves to community garden.

Heather Hawthorn Doyle
Heather Hawthorn Doyle is a multiple award-winning television producer and director (Gemini, NHK Japan Prize, $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize, Leo Award, Silver Chris) who, in the past eight years, has developed and successfully run six new series and four specials for North American broadcasters, including HGTV, Animal Planet, OWN, W Network, OLN, BIO channel, Comedy, CITY, and CBC. Now with business partner Brian Adler, and their newly formed television and digital media production company Mom and Dad Productions, HHD is committed to bringing her passionate and highly visual storytelling to businesses and the digital space.

Marc Smith
Marc Smith blogs at 30 Day Adventures, which takes him to new locales and activities every day for 30 days, including working with the Marine Mammal team at the Vancouver Aquarium, to sipping wine and learning the history behind several of Langley’s vineyards - and most recently Hawaii. Marc’s desire to connect with people and his community is evident. To get involved in an adventure or series, visit or follow on Twitter at @TheMarcSmith.

Linda Solomon Wood
Linda Solomon Wood is founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of The Vancouver Observer. Winner of the 2012 Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award, and the 2010 Canadian Online Publishing Award for "Best Online-Only Articles," The Vancouver Observer's West Coast-centric reporting has global reach and impact, person by person, reflective of the brave new landscape of inter-connectedness.

Additional speakers to be announced.

Sounds pretty good, right? Register for WeCapella here. Follow WeCapella on Facebook and Twitter. See you there!

WeCapella is sponsored by 
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Disclaimer: as a WeCapella Ambassador, I receive free admission to the event, but was not otherwise compensated for this post. The opinions above are my own.

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