Many people have asked me over the past week, "where can I find out about what's going on around town during the Olympics?" Well, in the age of Blogs, Twitter and other social media updates, it's very easy to be the first to know about pretty much anything going on in Vancouver at any one time. You just need to know where to look.
So in an attempt to set you on the straight and narrow with all things "2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics", I'd like to present to you a list of Blogs that I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on, and suggest that you should to.
This is by no means an exhausted list. I'll no doubt be adding to the following collection myself over the coming weeks, and I'm willing to add to it with any suggested Blogs (let me know about them in the comments section below) if I think them worthy of a mention.
Obviously the easiest way to track any of the Blogs mentioned is by adding their RSS feeds to your chosen news reader, or by following them on Twitter. I'll be providing the addresses for both at the end of each introduction.
So here goes. In no particular order:
Very few would argue with me if I suggested that Rebecca (Miss 604) is practically Royalty when it comes to the Vancouver blogging scene. If there's any kind of significant event scheduled in and around Vancouver, I can almost guarantee that Rebecca will have it covered and will probably be there herself!
While I've never met Rebecca in person (that I recall), I see her around town a lot and am always eager to read what she has to say about what's coming up in Vancouver.
If you need further proof of the reliability and quality of the Miss 604 blog, I can tell you it was awarded 2009's best "Local Blog" (Vancouver) by straight.com, the online version of Vancouver's lifestyle and entertainment weekly, The Georgia Straight, which has something like 693,000 readers.
With all that said, I'm sure you don't need any further motivation.
Not that long ago, I started searching for a Blog to keep my eye on that was being written from the perspective of an "out-of-towner" coming in to volunteer at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. I stumbled upon Red Mittens which is the work of Gen, a 5th year student currently at the University of Ottawa.
Gen has made the journey to Vancouver to take in the Olympic experience by volunteering at Canada Hockey Place, the venue for the major Ice Hockey events (talk about a plum position!). Her commentary is refreshing, and her enthusiasm, infectious. Definitely worth checking out.
RED MITTENS BLOG
An awesome source for up-to-the-minute information on Olympic sights and events, I'm also really impressed with their "no-nonsense" stance they have taken against anti-Olympic protestors.
Plenty of great content to check out, especially the comprehensive
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Guide, so here's the details you need:
Vancity Allie Blog follows the adventures of Allie, a "...25 year-old Vancouver girl who loves and writes about everything "Vancouver" and West Coast." A talented photographer and lover of surfing and snowboarding (major brownie points in my books), Allie writes about the kinds of things that I'm generally interested in which is why, I guess, I enjoy her ramblings so much and have therefore included her in this post.
Again, don't take my word for it (although I guess that's kind of the point of this whole thing eh?). Use the details below to check out
My 2010 Adventure
This Blog is brilliant in it's simplistic presentation, gorgeous design and most importantly its perspective. Yes, My 2010 Adventure is a Blog that chronicles the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic experiences of Aleks, a 5 year old online adventurer who is SUPER excited about the Olympics being in his home town. He asked his Dad if he could have his own website to put "Olympic stuff" on... and hence, My 2010 Adventure was born.
They always say that the world is a better place, a more exciting adventure when viewed through the eyes of a child. Well, here's your chance to experience the excitement and emotion of the world's greatest Winter sporting competition/festival through the eyes of one cool little fella.
Cyber celebrity and proud Vancouverite Lisa Bettany or Mostly Lisa as she is better known, should definitely be on your watch list. A talented photographer, videographer and roving online reporter for Vancouver's The Province newspaper, Lisa generally tends to get "insider access" to a lot of events making her first-hand, entertaining and sometimes quirky accounts something to keep an eye out for.
I have a feeling that Lisa has quite a bit of content up her sleeve for the coming weeks, so use the details below to make sure you don't miss a thing.
Faces of the Games
Here's one for fans of great portrait photography. My mates Cole and Jakob over at Nordica Photography have initiated a really great project they are calling
Faces of the Games.
Their goal is simple and perhaps a little ambitious – to "...capture 2010 different faces from the start of the project to the end. We are confident that with the diversity of people that will be visiting the city during the games, the portraits captured will make for an interesting and exciting portfolio of faces!"
Personally, I'm really looking forward to following their journey. So far they've even managed to snap well-known Canadian MTV presenter Darryn Jones on Robson Street. Very cool indeed!@nordicaphoto
And finally, I'd love to give my own Blog a bit of a plug... but that would be a little self-indulgent now, wouldn't it. wink
Let me just list my own link details in the hope that someone, somewhere in the world will jump on board!
Links & Credits
- All images // Rob Masefield
- Miss 604 Blog // miss604.com
- The Georgia Straight online // straight.com
- Red Mittens Blog // redmittens.blogspot.com
- Vancity Buzz Blog // vancitybuzz.com
- Vancity Allie Blog //
- My 2010 Adventure Blog // my2010adventure.com
- Mostly Lisa Blog // mostlylisa.com
- The Province online // theprovince.com
- Faces of the Game Blog //
- Nordica Photography // nordicaphotography.com
- Darryn Jones Twitter // twitter.com
- Masey Blog // masey.co