Our biggest Vancouver Bloggers Meetup yet! This time we were at The End Cafe at 2360 Commercial Drive (close to 7th Ave).
- Raul Pacheco from HummingBird604, the organizer of our meetup (twitter)
- Matthew Collinge from 604 Homes Guy (twitter) and False Creek Comet
- Thomas Strumpski from TheStrump.com (twitter)
- Eric Bucad from Rickie Rambles Randomly (twitter).
- Me from A Great Dane in Vancouver (twitter)
- David Drucker from LoudMurmurs.com and Drucker.ca (twitter)
- John Chow from JohnChow.com and The Tech Zone (twitter); and his wife Sarah
- Karen Fung from Countably Infinite
- Richard Eriksson from Just a Gwai Lo (twitter)
- Joey deVilla, a Microsoft evangelist whose personal blog is The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century (twitter)
- Roland Tanglao from RolandTanglao.com (twitter)
- Boris Mann from B. Mann Consulting (twitter)
- Evan Leeson from ecstaticist (twitter)
- Barbara Westly from Tips for Entrepreneurs (twitter)
- Bonnie Sainsbury from Connecting the Dots (twitter)
- Rob Jones from BuildDirect (twitter), The Delete Bin (twitter) and Watch Us Wreck a Floor
- Tris Hussey from A View from the Isle (twitter)
- Lilly Wang who’s planning a Chinese language blog on immigrants in Canada
- Lindsay Hindle “blogger in waiting” at SPARC BC (social planning and research council of BC) (twitter)
- Christopher Trottier from Staretube.com
- Gregoire Savoire from Depression random thoughts
- Gord Pollock from Elihu.ca
- Raphael Alexander from Unambiguously Ambidextrous (twitter)
- Jason Lee from LoLeePlanet
- Hansol Lee from Paranoid Humanoid
- Mandy Gratton from The Gratton Grapevine (twitter)
- Liza Lee from Artistrun, an online advertising co-op for artists, designers and artisans in Vancouver
- Shane Birley from ShanesWorld.ca (twitter)
- Allyson McGrane from BabyGeekGirl
- Patrick Zaph from ShitHawksOnParade. Patrick wore a cap with “Oilers” written on it, but he didn’t sound Texan.
- Michael Allison from Communication Leadership (twitter) is looking for work in business communication and PR
Some of the topics that came up when I was around
- David Drucker addressed his recent most frequently asked question right off the bat: Even though the Bush era is over, he’s not moving back to the US
- Twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter, twitter!
- John Chow talked about how to get lots of followers and retweets. He has used Twitter for online promotion and sponsored competitions
- Lots of people were very curious about Twitter, if they should take the plunge, what it was good for, etc. I’m sure they got very different answers depending on who they spoke with
- Pete Quily was applauded for joining twitter earlier that day
- What does it mean on Twitter to “block” somebody? That they can’t see what you write? That they can’t follow you (your icon disappears from their page, etc.)? That their tweets won’t show up in your stream even if they @reply you?
- John Chow gave several free consultations on monetizing your website with ads, sponsorships, affiliate programs, etc.
- Congratulations to Eric Bucad! Since our last meetup he got the job he was looking for as an accountant with a downtown architect firm
Our visiting Internet celebrity Joey deVilla held forth on his accordion. Unfortunately this was right when I was in the middle of an interesting discussion, so I didn’t catch what he was playing. Did I read somewhere that it was a Britney Spears song?
- Evan Leeson has a cool claim to online fame: He’s one of Flickr’s most Interestingness‘st users. He repeatedly makes the top 100 in Flickr’s daily “most interesting pictures” rankings
- John Chow showed us his automatically translated (from English to Chinese) blog. He and Sarah said that the translation was acceptable; you get the gist of the articles. He has written about it on his blog: Global Translator – Translates Your Blog Into 34 Languages. It’s all done by the free WordPress Global Translator Plugin. An advantage with this approach is that the translated pages are stored on the blog itself (they don’t just exist as on-request translations in the cache of some online translation service) which means that you suddenly double, triple, quadruple (etc.) the number of pages that Google and the other spiders find at your site… without running into the dreaded “duplicate content” issue.
- Northern Voice, the local blogging / new media conference was mentioned a few dozen times. The ones who are going look forward to it, the ones who didn’t get a ticket in time are wondering what happened: The speaker list wasn’t even announced, and then it was sold out?
- Christopher Trottier has an interesting approach to online videos on his new site Staretube.com: He finds unusual videos that haven’t yet gotten a lot of attention and attempts to make them “go viral”.
- Gord Pollock self-described his blog as “pretentious and rarely updated”. In fact there are only two posts on the blog right now, but those two posts are pretty awesome in my opinion. Thanks for introducing me to the Usenet slang expression “eternal September“, for example.
- Michael Allison (who I’ll remind you is looking for work) actually got his last job because of his blog: A boss man decided that Michael was just who they were looking for after he read Michael’s blog.
- The Israel-Palestine conflict and other non-trivial troubles were kinda-sorta sorted out, but not to anybody’s preferred degree of satisfaction
- Boris had the following financial analysis and advice: The pound sterling is dropping against everything else, England is going to hell in a handbasket and will probably have to adopt the Euro. Sell, sell, sell!
If you were there Wednesday, please leave a comment with some of the topics you discussed. Also, if any of the information above (names, blog URLs) is incorrect, please let me now.
And if you think all this sounds like a lot of fun and you want to join us next time we have a Vancouver Blogger Meetup, join our group on Meetup.com.
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