Social media can be a jumble of thoughts and experiences if you aren’t constantly following a feed. That’s where story curation helps to provide context.
When I discovered Storify through Karen Unland, I immediately became addicted to it. It satisfied my need as a former journalist to cover a “story” through social media. After publishing 100 Storifys, I’ve curated a range of topics from conferences, tweetups and anything interesting that catches my eye on Twitter.
As winter continues in Edmonton, I’m reminded of the first big blast our city received in November. I was supposed to drive my son to Drumheller for a sleepover at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and was looking forward to it because I was test driving the Ford F-150 Lariat.
You’ve probably noticed the billboards and bus bench ads over the last two months from Make Something Edmonton. The ads are based on successful anecdotes from local businesses and organizations. However, as an Edmontonian, I’m really disappointed in this approach.
When it came to exercise, I found every excuse in the book on why I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t afford it. I had no time. I was too busy.
What changed my attitude was Dr. Mike Evans’ YouTube video, 23 1/2 Hours. To summarize, all you have to do to avoid diabetes and heart disease is exercise for 30 minutes a day. That changed my outlook towards my excuses. Instead of having a goal of losing weight, I decided I would start moving because I didn’t want to follow my family history of heart attacks and diabetes.
We all know what it means to have friends. Friends are there to help you, provide support, boost your self-esteem and morale and make you feel that you mean something to someone. Imagine a child who doesn’t have any friends. As a result, they are depressed and feel worthless and hopeless. I have a confession to make. At one point in my life, I was that child. I used to go to bed every night crying, frustrated and wondering why no one wanted me. No words that my mom said could console me.
In August, I had the chance to try out a 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi, a plug-in hybrid, for four days. It was my first time that I ever drove an environmentally-friendly vehicle and I really wanted to see how it would handle the amount of errands I had to do before I left on my Canada Quest trip.
After three years of organizing and hosting tweetups, it’s interesting to note the differences and similarities of the people who attend. Last night’s Politweetup at the Underground was a stark contrast from the first one I organized in 2010.
During the last municipal election, candidates weren’t as engaged in social media. They used Politweeup as a chance to learn about Twitter from voters who easily crafted 140 characters into witty words. I had to explain what a tweetup was several times and really convince candidates to attend the event.
A week has passed and I’ve had time to reflect about driving round trip from Edmonton to Montreal with my two kids. It’s the type of trip that you can prepare for but must also be flexible for whatever is thrown your way. I thought I would highlight memorable parts of the road trip, which I nicknamed Canada Quest, as well as lessons I learned and what the trip cost.
For almost a year, I’ve been working out on a regular basis. Between boxing, swimming, cardio, weights, yoga and lengthy walks, my body has become accustomed to challenging exercise. However, I’m about to sit in a car for almost seven days straight as I drive to Edmonton to Montreal. Then eat sinful food like smoked meat sandwiches and potato knishes for another week before I make the trek back on the road to Edmonton. I don’t want to use that I have all this driving to do while looking after two restless kids as an excuse to avoid working out during my three week vacation. So I turned to local fitness experts and my friends for advice and tips on how to keep active during a long road trip.