Speaking At WordCamp Ottawa 2019 About Startup Blogging, Validating Business Ideas, Writing Books and Building Community

WordCamp Ottawa 2019

WordCamp Ottawa: July 13-14, 2019

WordCamp Ottawa 2019

This weekend I’m speaking at WordCamp Ottawa 2019 at Carleton University on both days about ‘Baby In The Boardroom’ (20-min Talk on Day 1 at 1:20 p.m.) and Startup Blogging: Using WordPress to validate a business idea, write a book and build community’ (three-hour Workshop on Day 2 at 2:00 p.m.).

I am converting my Startup Blogging workshop into an online course, which you can register for here.

Baby In The Boardroom

Amy Maureen Lynch presenting at Launch of Eastern Ontario's Women's Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub at Impact Hub Ottawa

While I don’t plan to have my children with me for this quick talk, I have delivered two different versions of it before to a CreativeMornings Ottawa crowd while babywearing and following my toddler around and to an audience at Impact Hub Ottawa for the launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH).

On both of these occasions, I spoke about ‘Babies, Business + Breakfast: Creating Parent-Friendly Business Spaces + Experiences‘.

Can’t make it to WordCamp Ottawa 2019 but curious to learn more?

Photo by Finn Lin for CreativeMornings Ottawa

My talk is from 5:47 to 12:50 in this CreativeMornings Ottawa video clip:

This edited SoundCloud audio file is just under 8 minutes and contains only my talk:

This SoundCloud audio file is just under 2:30 minutes and contains only my Impact Hub Ottawa talk:

Startup Blogging Workshop


A new topic I will be discussing in a three-hour workshop-style format on Day 2 is ‘Startup Blogging: Using WordPress to validate a business idea, write a book and build community’.

I started this blog in June 2013 while I was living and working in Brisbane, Australia before my husband and I relocated to Europe for a little over three years to live in Ireland and England.

During this time I wrote about travel, life and work as an expat, covering immigration, life admin, settling in, making friends, feeling connected, doing flexible work as a freelancer and remote worker, having a baby abroad in a country where neither my husband and I were from, moving abroad again with a young family, travelling with kids and more.

Along the way, I was–sometimes knowingly, oftentimes not–testing business ideas, writing books and building community.

This entry-level taster of a session will touch on the ways I’ve used WordPress to:

  • explore my interests through blogging before and after becoming a parent
  • produce original content for almost a decade (I was blogging at another address prior to 2013) and add structure to my creative practice
  • build relationships and cultivate a following
  • share my message, evolve my brand and position myself
  • draft a book and outlines for additional books and courses
  • experiment with ideas and validate them in simple and affordable ways

It is designed to help current and aspiring creatives, freelancers, bloggers, remote workers, business owners and side hustlers with limited time.

Attendees will use interactive prompts and activities, leaving with inspiring tips and a practical roadmap to get started on validating their business idea, writing a book and building a community.

Get the book! Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience

This book is based on my journey as a blogger, writer and founder to date.

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

It’s available from Amazon as an eBook, to be delivered on April 24, 2020. The eBook will remain at the special launch price of $2.99 USD* for one month, before going up on May 24, 2020 to $5.99 USD*.

It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback via their print on demand service at the price of $10.99 CAD or $9.99 USD elsewhere*, plus applicable taxes, shipping and handling.

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

Access Startup Blogging as an online course

If you’re interested in learning more, I’m in the process of converting it into an online course. Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea + Build Your Audience, is an online course to help you get your ideas out of your head and into the world, based on an original three-hour workshop I delivered in 2019.

Interested in booking me (Amy Lynch) for a speaking engagement?

Hiya, my name is Amy and I’m a writer and freelancer focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work.

I am also the founder of ‘Babies, Business + Breakfast‘, a community for parents who want to invest in themselves alongside their loved ones.

As a former expat, I currently live in Ottawa with my young international family, where I offer freelance marketing communications services and advise corporates and individuals on creating child-friendly business spaces and experiences.

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Previous speaking experience has included:

I can present to your audience in-house or virtually and am willing to travel, depending on the opportunity.

I love meeting new people, sharing my experiences and encouraging others to explore their potential. My areas of expertise are marketing communications, flexible and remote work, parent-friendly corporate spaces and experiences, travel and expat life.

Please get in touch to discuss your event requirements:

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Amy Maureen Lynch | Writer Parent Expat Founder Flexible Work Advocate

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Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: notesfromanotherland.com. She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: mixingbabiesandbusiness.com Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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