May 01 2010
Better late than never, right? This time out, the Vancouver Blogger Meetup was a purely social event. No workshops. No seminars. Just some catching up with friends and meeting newcomers over some beer.
A few highlights:
1. For the first 15 minutes of the meetup, I didn’t get to talk very much because I was too busy chewing and wiping tremendous gobs of barbecue sauce from my face and fingers. Next time, I might just order something besides chicken wings.
2. Jan Karlsberg was taking notes and later produced an excellent roundup of the VBM here. Thanks, man! You really are a Great Dane.
Jan also quite correctly dissuaded me from elaborating too deeply in a podcast about the size and quality of my private parts. Vancouver Blogger Meetups: nuttin’ but claaaaass.
3. I got a free copy of John Chow‘s Make Money Online. Now I have to write a review or else John’s going to charge me $20 for the thing.
So far, I’m liking it. As my colleague Shane Birley noted the next day, it’s written in a pretty informal yet informative style.
There are good tips covering the essentials, such as maintaining focus in your blog. For instance, on the road to blogging success, don’t follow the path of another type of failed enterprise:
“Restaurants that try to be all things to all people, offering a wide-ranging menu with a whole bunch of mediocre dishes, ultimately fail. This lack of focus means that no single item on your menu is getting the attention it deserves, and nothing will ever stand out as the superstar.”
Exactly. Which is why my personal blog at jnarvey.com, about politics, social media, sustainability, Afghanistan, technology, Israel, Vancouver events and whatever happens to grab my attention in my Google Reader, will never take off with hundreds of thousands of fans. But I figured that out years ago, so no hard feelings.
4. I drank two St. Augustine’s Pilsners. I know, I know. Not up to my usual impressive tally, but what the hell. Everyone else was drinking diet coke. F**kers.
5. I did record some non-disgusting podcasts which should be online in the near future. Will let you know when they’re up.
To all those who came out to the VBM, thanks for dropping by. It was nice chatting with y’all.