Name: Rebecca Bollwitt
Screen Name: Miss604
Personal Blog: www.miss604.com
Social Networks: Flickr, Friendfeed, Twitter, Pownce, Facebook
Current Employment: Self employed: Senior Partner, sixty4media
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
It started off as a passion for writing about the region and sharing my local knowledge including a love of history. Combine that with my technical background and my love of all things social media and I have managed to turn blogging into a full time job, which in itself motivates me more and more each day.
Miss604.com is focused on my life in Vancouver, which involves unconferences, meetups, walks in the park and hockey games, among other things.
I try to use at least one photo with each post, I find it's easier to tell a story that way believe it or not. I also try to incorporate short video clips usually max 90 seconds (Flickr video size).
In 1997 I started an online fan site for my favourite band at the time, using Netscape Communicator and I was instantly hooked on HTML. From there my passion for all things web grew and saw me dabbling in online audio, streaming and editing until I was hired at the world's largest webcaster of financial audio. This career move, based on my digital media hobbies at the time, lead me to Boston where I oversaw online production (the recording, editing, encoding and live streaming of audio).
Upon returning to Vancouver in 2004 I started to get into blogging and noticed a lack of Vancouver-centric content. Most of the writers had only been in the city for a year or so and did not share the same knowledge and know-how about the region that I did as a born-and-raised local. I decided to take my passion for writing into the online realm to share my voice using a medium I had come to know and enjoy. Using Blogger at first then moving my blog to WordPress in 2006, I dove into the blogging platform head-first, teaching myself how to use CSS and also how to code in PHP.
At the time I was also co-hosting a podcast with my husband (since 2005) and that fall we decided to branch out and start a group hockey podcast - recording through the magic of Skype. I became very active in the local tech community; attending events, live blogging, doing interviews and building my knowledge from then on. I started producing podcast episodes, developing screencasts and broadening my blogging portfolio, with writing on sites like Techvibes and E!Online.
In early 2008 we formed sixty4media, a partnership dedicated to social media consulting. Helping others understand blogging, getting them started with a blog, and even providing custom WordPress themes and screencast videos to help them personally or professionally.