Northern Voice 2012

Personal Blogging and Social Media Conference
June 15th and 16th, 2012 in Vancouver, BC

Personal Blogging: Ripping the Bandaid Off & Other Topics

When blogging was born, it was largely as personal journals simply posted on the web for others to read. These days, they're big business for companies and journalists, and have become movers and shakers on the public opinion scene. But they're also, often, still a very personal place made public. 

Blogs can be places we go to get inspired, become informed, find entertainment, or just be distracted. Whether it's places written by folks like The Bloggess or that guy you knew from college, the more successful personal blogs really stand out because they're great writing by great voices, covering a whole range of personal writing.

Having blogged since 2004, I have spent nearly a decade of my life on my blogs. From losing my privacy to keeping inspired week after week, it's been an interesting journey. I'll share my thoughts on those experiences and the art of writing, before I throw the floor open for a lengthy but structured Q&A period with the audience.

We'll look at things like writer's block and why "ripping the band-aid off" is powerful and needed, and also talk about the importance of blogging today and why the personal perspective still matters in an age of 24-hour news.


Born and raised in Vancouver, Steffani Cameron recently relocated to Victoria to pursue a more writer-friendly life by the sea, where she has ample time to loathe soggy cereal, listen to crying seagulls, and struggles to avoid map-waving cruise-ship tourists.

A blogger since '04, she works by day watching television for a living, blogs when the fancy strikes, and is paid to write awesomely for people needing awesome copy. (Yes, that could one day be you.)

Steffani's blog is The Cunting Linguist. Her snark is available to all on Twitter where she blows off steam as SmuttySteff.

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