- Al Pasternak from Bokashi Man (twitter)
- Denny Tang from Photoshop Tutorials (twitter)
- Dianne Chow from Living fabulously and frugally in Vancouver (twitter)
- Eric Bucad from Rickie Rambles Randomly (twitter).
- Jan (me) from A Great Dane in Vancouver (twitter)
- Jonathon Narvey from New Media (twitter)
- Karen Eskilson from The World According to Ruby…p.s. from Beezuzu
- Karen Toovey from Experience Publishing
- Lauren Kresowaty from niftynotcool (twitter)
- Lorraine aka Raincoaster (twitter)
- Paul Preibisch from B3D Multitech (twitter)
- Raul Pacheco from HummingBird604, the official organizer of our meetup (twitter)
- Rob Jones from The Delete Bin (twitter)
- Sheree Morgan from Match-Works Matchmaking
- Steven from Richmond
- Tina Lum from Renter’s Den (twitter)
Some of the topics that came up when I was around
- Al recommends checking out Ke$ha’s video We R Who We R. He has noticed that even though the crowds in the video seem to be mixed, all the closeups are of women. Is there a message in that, and if so, what is it?
- I met a couple of people who didn’t have blogs, but had plans to start one soon. It’s great that they can use our little gathering to get some tips and advice for how to get started.
- Twitter has become as obvious and natural to use as Facebook and the web in general.
- There seemed to be very few discussions about which tools to use. Only exception was that one person who’s planning to start some audio blogging mentioned that he was thinking about using Audacity. Yep, that’s the one everybody’s using and it’s free… now stop thinking about tools and get going on your project. 🙂 Oh, but what about speed and bandwidth and storage of files? Not a real problem (you can get free hosting for your podcast episodes on WordPress.com), now start doing your interviews.
- One participant said she’d had an overly dramatic xmas dinner at a strange(-to-her) family. As she said: “Hey, if I wanted family drama, I could’ve gone to see my own family!“
- Lauren has written a play! I now know two people who have written a play, but they don’t know each other. Lauren, meet Darren Barefoot, one of the Blog Fathers of Vancouver; Darren, meet Lauren Kresowaty who writes about Arts and Culture, Canadiana, Politics, Nifty Things.
- Sheree the matchmaker has the biggest and glossiest business cards I’ve ever seen. I quickly wrote down her URL and handed the card back and encouraged her to go spend that $5 bill on a potential customer. 🙂
- Karen Toovey and I talked about generations, hippies, dementia, education, the economy, the environment… all the soft, easy topics. I encouraged her to check out Andrew Lawrence’s message to old people for a good laugh.
- Diane Chow mentioned that she was going to write a blog post about a Robbie Burns Day event in Vancouver (Diane’s post from today), and I told her about the Vancouver specialty event Gung Haggis Fat Choy that (as the name implies) started as a combination of Scottish and Chinese events but “has come to represent a celebration of combining cultures in untraditional ways”.
- I got an introduction to “Lent“: The folks who follow this tradition eat pancakes on “Shrove Tuesday“, get dirty on “Ash Wednesday” and then repent for weeks. They don’t repent getting dirty, but rather that they ate the pancakes. What’s so naughty about pancakes?!
If you were at the meetup Wednesday, please leave a comment with some of the topics you discussed. Also, if any of the information above (names, blog URLs) is incorrect or incomplete, please let me know.
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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