Oct 23 2015

The evolution of the blog from good articles to dumb tweets and back again

Published by under BlogRant

No, not this blog. Just blogs in general. For a while I was concerned that the Internet was reaching a kind of saturation point, where everyone and his dog had a blog. In the rush to feed that beast, everyone was cramming cliche-ridden articles into their schedules, where a simple tweet would suffice.

It’s now gotten to the point where readers are so sick of wading through crap that many blogs are cleaning house. We’re back to a focus on quantity plus quality. That’s a good thing.

As I wrote recently on my content marketing blog in relation to corporate thought leadership, though the advice applies more generally: Gather metrics that tell a story. No one’s interested in a 750 word article that, to quote the Dude from The Big Lebowski, is “just like, your opinion, man.”

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Jul 28 2015

Still Doing Stuff

Tumbleweeds blow past dusty shuttered storefronts in the ghost down that was my digital life on this blog. It’s not that I’m not doing stuff — but like 98 percent of my blogging cohort from 5 years ago, life gets in the way of recording one’s life on this diary open to the world.

Time to clean up these streets and get back to my roots — at least for a minute.

I’ve spent the last while focusing on content marketing for clients and tech journalism for the universe, so I’m still writing — just less about heroes’ journeys and more about Vancouver startups, software, golf, turf farming and whatever else pays the bills.

My newest thing is Betakit. As Senior Editor on the West Coast, I get to opine about the tech sector in the true north. If you’ve got tech news in the Vancouver area, I’m your guy.

More updates soon! (Hopefully).

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Mar 17 2015

Why I’m Voting No in the Transit Referendum

On the rare occasion when I am asked by any level of government as to whether I would like to pay more tax, I say ‘no’. Thanks for giving us the choice, folks.

That’s not the only reason I’m voting ‘no’ in the upcoming transportation referendum in Vancouver, though.

I also happen to think that smarter spending of existing tax revenue would more than cover the cost of any of these infrastructure improvements.

That’s pretty much it. If the transportation plan advocates want their improvements so badly, they can figure out where to get the money.

I see a lot of commentary from the ‘Yes’ side on blogs and letters to the editors, effectively (if not directly) calling ‘No’ Voters unreasonable, uninformed idiots with no long-term vision. Not helping your case, ‘Yes’-side. Cheers.

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Oct 10 2014

Living Life in the Present

Published by under MyLife,Vancouver

DSC_8251I just got back from a trip in British Columbia’s wine country, followed up by a party-every-day experience in New Orleans — not that you’d know any of that by following me here or on social media. More than ever, I’m just living life in the present — meaning the best I can give right now is an after-action-report.

Some highlights of the trip now that I’ve got some moments to jot down a few random notes:

    • I have a pretty ideal work-life balance — and since people often travel to Vancouver as a holiday destination, I always think it’s kind of funny when I go away to relax.
    • I do not have a very refined palette when it comes to wine — and I’m OK with that. I can tell a Merlot from a Shiraz, but I have no real sense for why one would drink one over the other at any given time. Pairings elude me. I’m a lot better at figuring out what I like when it comes to beer, as those who know me well can attest.

Trombone - New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Speaking of beer, if you’re down in New Orleans, try any of the Arbita brand of craft beers. You pretty much can’t go wrong. I especially liked the Andygator, but be forewarned, it’s strong stuff.
  • New Orleans isn’t nearly as dangerous as you’ve heard — at least around the French Quarter and the downtown streets next door. When I told people I was going, one of the first things I would invariably hear (from people who had been and folks who were just repeating what they’d heard) is “be careful”. Meh. Use common sense, be alert and don’t head down deserted side streets and you’re probably fine. I see as many sketchy folks on my way to the office every day in Vancouver as I did in Nola.
  • Nola is a word. Huh.


Now I’m back at work in Vancouver — or at least I was until 5 minutes ago. Looks like the Thanksgiving long weekend is coming up soon.

Like I said, nice work-life balance.

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Jul 06 2014

Summertime and the Living is Easy in Vancouver

Published by under Vancouver

Folks who live in Vancouver tend to be here because of the lifestyle.

Enjoying the summer in Vancouver

That’s why I’m here.

Hope you’re having a nice summer too, people.

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