Vancouver Blogger Meetup January 2011 Recap

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Wednesday we had the first Vancouver Bloggers Meetup of 2011 at The Network Hub at 422 Richards St.

The people

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, 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

6 Comments to “Vancouver Blogger Meetup January 2011 Recap”

  1. Raul 14 January 2011 at 1:13 #

    As always, Jan, it’s so nice to see you and thanks again for writing the recap!

  2. Lauren 14 January 2011 at 11:44 #

    Great recap! I can’t believe you remembered all of this about everybody. What a great way to make everyone feel welcome after the fact.

  3. fesf 19 April 2011 at 20:10 #


  4. Sorry 19 April 2011 at 20:13 #

    Sorry, ignore that last comment. It was me testing if I needed a username to comment. I didn’t. I just wanted to say I hope you are not dead Jen, and if you are then that sucks. But if not, please update your blog, we are especially interested in Tommy’s well-being. Love, a concerned Englishman and Bremerton-born Yank. 🙂

  5. REALLY Sorry 19 April 2011 at 20:14 #

    Sorry.. Jan, not Jen. How embarrassing for you.

  6. Jan 21 April 2011 at 0:33 #

    Hi there Yank. Yep, I’m alive, and Tommy is doing fine, too.

    Don’t worry about my feelings regarding the Jan / Jen. I usually only get embarrassed by my own mistakes. 🙂

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