If you’re a regular reader on this site you know all about the remarkable tricks and tips that John Chow has come up with to turn your blog into a moneymaker, but just as remarkable is his own story of how he got to be a dot-com mogul. To quote John, “I grew up in the Downtown Eastside, the poorest neighborhood in Canada. I did not come from money. I am where I am today because I know that in order to receive any blessings in life, you must first give. The more you give, the more you receive.”
On the road to your own personal mogul-dom, I think that it’s really important to keep in mind the potential we, as social media makers, have to make a difference at the same time as we’re making a buck. Not sure where to start? How about by becoming a movie producer?
For the past year and a half, director Andrew Lavigne and I have been hard at work crafting the feature length documentary “With Glowing Hearts”, which is a compelling look at the role which social media can play in shaping real world issues. Shot entirely in the Downtown Eastside and set against the backdrop of preparations for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the film asks the question, “What happens when you level the playing field and give everyone access?”. As more and more of lives move online and get digitized, not having access to this world creates a “digital divide” and prevents the “have-nots” access to potential jobs, their friends and family, and the world at large. WGH is a film about the people behind the Twitter handles, and their efforts to make sure that all those other potential John Chows out there get a fair chance at success.
Now we’re offering you the chance to get involved in the project and show the world that you’re a blogger to be reckoned with through your micro-investment in the film. Here’s your chance to spread your name and social media reputation off the Internet and onto movie screens. The minimum contribution to get yourself in the film’s credits as a producer is $2, but we’ll be structuring the presentation as a “word cloud”, so that the larger your investment, the larger your name will appear. We’ll also be offering a select number of larger investors a first-of-its-kind opportunity to promote a personal, non-commercial blog during the film through the placement of a QR code directly in a scene.
Please follow the links below to find out more about the project and how you can become a member of Team WGH.
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