Buzz Bishop is many things; lazy is not one of them. His days are filled with juggling his many roles, which include: dad, broadcaster, writer, media disruptor and runner. If you’re wondering how he manages to do all of it, then you won’t be wondering long. Buzz is a very open person, who keeps a public record of his life on his websites.
Whether it’s on his personal website (buzzbishop.com), dad blog (dad-camp.com), tech blog (cyberbuzz.com), travel blog (localpony.com) or his radio show on Calgary’s XL103, there is definitely no shortage of ways to get to know him better; however, when we found out that he was a Hover customer, we asked Buzz to sit down with us and get to know him a little bit better. Here’s what we learned about the man behind all the buzz (sorry, we had to).
Buzz is first and foremost a family man. He and his wife Jennifer have 2 sons, Zacharie and Charlie. A quick scroll through his DadCAMP blog will show you how adventurous the Bishop family can be. They travel the world, are quite active outdoors, and are always experimenting with creative recipes in the kitchen. The blog ultimately showcases how much the family is always learning, with Charlie & Zacharie learning about the world while Buzz learns about being a great dad.
Since the early 1990s, Buzz has made his living as a radio broadcaster. His broadcasting gigs have taken him from Okanagan to Vancouver to Calgary, where he has been for the last several years.
It was working in broadcasting where Buzz got his first experience blogging. The station that Buzz worked at was the first one to have a website in Canada, and he was its webmaster for much of those years. “I started writing a list called cyberbuzz for the website in ‘96,” he recalls, “which was kind of like ‘cool site of the day.’”
Eventually, Buzz started using the Internet to supplement his broadcasts. “I saw that I could use it for my radio show as a way to have a solid place where I could always point listeners to,” he explains. “So if they were in their car and wanted more, I would say ‘look me up on MySpace!’” It was here that Buzz shared links to whatever events, videos, or other content that he happened to mention during a broadcast. Gradually, he began to share not just show notes but his thoughts as well, and eventually moved these away from MySpace and onto his own blogs.
In addition to being a contributor to notable websites like Babble and Huffington Post, Buzz regularly writes on his personal blogs: Buzz Bishop, DadCAMP, LocalPony and cyberbuzz. He uses blogging as a way to document his thoughts, life events, recipes, and pretty much anything else he feels like.
Though his audience continues to grow in size, his main target audience continues to be himself. “I don’t care if anybody else reads it,” he explains, “but I put it there for me so I know where to find it. Sometimes it comes out confrontational but really it’s a diary for me, it’s a place where I share what I’m thinking.”
Having his innermost thoughts in a public space like a blog has often landed him in some hot water. Notably, his blog post “It’s Okay For Parents To Have A Favorite Kid. I Do.” went viral and sparked a larger debate about whether it’s alright to admit that you like one child better than another. “I’ve never been shy about sharing what I feel,” he explains. “Perhaps I should have a tighter lip like ‘real people’ but I say what’s on my mind when it’s on my mind and I just always have.”
Blogging in the 90s was a lot different than today. Before WordPress and other blogging platforms made things a whole lot easier, Buzz was manually hard-coding everything into Notepad for his websites. This helped him develop a strong relationship with technology and the web that continues to this day.
When you’re working in a medium that’s constantly evolving, it can be quite challenging to stay ahead with the latest trends. “The problem comes when you’re trying to build out the ancillary brands that go with the content,” he reflects. “All of a sudden now I’ve got 3 Instagram accounts and 4 Google+’s and Facebook pages for all of them. I’ve got a dozen Twitter handles and how do you manage all that stuff?”
Perhaps the key to Buzz’s longevity as a writer online is that, rather than clinging to the ways things used to be done, he’s always looking forward and embracing where things are heading. When WordPress came out he recognized how it made managing his blog much easier and so he started using it. His many social media profiles all have sizeable follower counts. And whatever comes next, you can bet that Buzz will adapt for that as well.
Buzz is a strong supporter of Team Diabetes, which is his charity of choice when raising money by running; but that’s not the only way he raises money for the cause. “I use the monetization from my blogs to raise money for Team Diabetes,” he explains, “and over the past few years I’ve raised about $50,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association just by blogging about my life and partnering with various companies for branded campaigns!”
Though he’s managed to raise significant funding for charity through his blogs, Buzz is hesitant to recommend blogging as a source of income for other aspiring writers. “I think if you start a blog because you want to make money that’s the wrong thing,” he cautions. “Start a blog because you have something to say and you want to have a place to say it and save it.”
Over the course of 20 years online, Buzz has seen many social networks, blogging platforms, and other publishing tools rise and fall. He believes that the best and safest way to express yourself online is through your own website. “Put it in places where you can own it,” he recommends, “so that you’re not just putting it on another app that’s going to be dead. Because all that stuff I put on MySpace, where is it now?”
Why He Chooses Hover
Of course, we’re thrilled that Buzz got his domain names with Hover. Thankfully, the feeling is mutual. “The first time I went there I was just blown away by the customer support and how easy the site is to use,” he enthuses. “I’ve never had an issue, it’s been awesome from day one!”
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