This was first posted at Metroblogging Vancouver [mbv]. I posted here as well because I wanted to comment on it, but couldn't think of another way of saying exactly the same thing. I might blog a bit more about it later on. Why am I up at 5:30 in the morning when I work at 9? That's a mystery to me too.
Some of the best memories I have are from when I was a student journalist. That's right before I started blogging for free I worked in the coal mine that is the university press at the Phoenix [tp] at Okanagan University College in Kelowna. I miss pretty much everything about it, including staying up late and struggling with a Powermac G3 and a pirated copy of Quark to get the paper to the printer on time. Whether it was editing an article [ep] or writing one [teotw] it was almost all a joy.
One of the best parts was the paper's involvement with the Canadian University Press (CUP) [wp], the world's oldest national student organization. Its yearly national conference was always a great time combining a goodly amount of learning with mind numbing quantities of booze.
This year the annual CUP conference is being hosted in Vancouver from January 18 - 27 [cup]. People from the public are allowed to go, for a price. Having seen some of the big name speakers, such as Nardwuar the Human Serviette and Dan Savage before and they're both fun if not high on actual education value.
The workshop "Getting paid to blog" sounds very interesting, especially since Vancouver's Darren Barefoot [db] is one of the speakers. That and the other workshops will definitely be value for the money, if you're thinking of going.
Though I've spoken at past CUP conferences I promise I wasn't invited to this one, so feel safe in knowing you won't have to listen to me. Feeling so safe you should go.