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We all play a part in the social media world.  Whether it is as a blogger like me, a business promoting their brand, an artist promoting their works, a contester looking for their next big win, or the average Canadian using Facebook or Twitter to keep in touch with family and friends, we all use social media in some way, shape or form.

I adore social media.  I believe it gives anyone who chooses to use it, a voice.  In some instances it has been the catalyst that has literally changed the path of someone’s life (think viral video = social media celebrity).  Social media allows us to interact with people from all over our global village, and brings our world together during times of terrible tragedy.

Social media means many things to me but, first and foremost, it means opening up my world to meeting so many fantastic, exceptional people, all of whom I never would have met if it weren’t for social media.  I am certain the same goes for many of you.

This past weekend I had the immense pleasure of attending the Social Capital Conference in Ottawa.  In its third year, Social Capital Conference has become one of the “go to” social media conferences in Canada.

This was my first time attending Social Capital Conference.  Our day started at 9AM and was jam-packed with great presentations and roundtables right through until 5:30PM.  What a day it was!  Not only did I learn so much, I laughed until my stomach hurt.

Here are the highlights of my day:

  • Number one on my list – meeting other social media “addicts” (er….fans) IRL (in real life), especially my online friends and readers.  It was great spending some time with @LittleMissKate, @CanadianDadBlog, @ChronicBadass and @GeekyGodmother.  I missed meeting so many other social media friends I adore, however, I’m sure I will meet them at another conference one day.
  • The speakers.  Social Capital Conference was chalk full of fantastic speakers.  I truly wish I could have listened to them all.  I learned so much from the presentations I did attend.

For any of you who are passionate about social media, Social Capital Conference is one social media conference you do not want to miss.  It is evident that organizers, Karen Wilson and Lara Wellman know how to put on a great conference.  The 2013 Social Capital Conference was seamless, well-organized, and well-run, at least from this attendee’s perspective.  It was a great experience from start to finish.  I only wish I had been able to attend the Social Capital Conference Workshop Day.  I heard some pretty great things about it from those who did attend.

While I love that Social Capital Conference is “local” for me, I would not hesitate to travel here to Ottawa to attend this conference.  I can only imagine how great next year’s conference will be.  You can be sure I will be there.

What is one of the best pieces of advice I took away from the Social Capital Conference?  If you’ve got a lot to say about something…write a second blog!  So I will!  Stay tuned for more…

***EDIT*** Here’s my second blog about the conference.






Disclosure:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

  1. June 5, 2013


    Sounds like a great conference!

    • June 5, 2013


      It sure is, Stephanie! If you have a website or blog (or work in SM for your job) I’d highly recommend it 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  2. June 5, 2013

    Mel Gallant

    Sandy – glad you enjoyed the conference. I think it was the best one to-date too. The SoCapOtt community is pretty awesome and I agree that it’s one of the go-to social media conferences in Canada. See you in 2014!

    • June 5, 2013


      Hi Mel! Such a shame we didn’t get to meet this year. Glad you got to enjoy the conference as well. Also glad you found me here….I went to read some of your blog and love it! Here’s to meeting up in 2014! Thanks for reading, Mel 🙂

  3. June 5, 2013


    Social media is so much about relationships and I love getting to see my online friends “IRL” as often as possible. I’m always sad that I didn’t get to talk to more people at SoCap. It really does go incredibly fast!

    I’m glad you enjoyed it and thank you for all the kind words!

    • June 5, 2013


      Thank you so much for commenting, Lara! (Psst…everyone….Lara is one of the main organizers of Social Capital Conference). I missed meeting so many great online friends IRL that day, so I can only imagine how you must have felt! I guess there is always next year 🙂 Can’t wait! Thanks for reading, Lara 🙂

  4. June 14, 2013


    Thank you so much for recapping for those of us that sadly couldn’t make it. Glad to read that you had a great time. I love it when I’m having so much fun that my “smile hurts”.

    So, where’s that second blog?

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • June 14, 2013


      Hi Sarah! You’re welcome! Sure hope you can make it next year. The second blog is in the link just above my name at the end of the post 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  5. June 24, 2013

    Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens

    Fabulous post!!! Social media seems to be the only real way to go anymore! A second blog!? Wow, someone feels ambitious!! hehe

    • June 25, 2013


      Thanks Kristen! Hehehe…that’s what happens when you come away inspired by a conference 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  6. June 25, 2013


    I love reading about other bloggers who take full advantage of what social media has to offer. What a great conference! I hope to one day be on that list of attendees! Hope to meet you soon! 🙂

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