Blogging in Vancouver

Darren Barefoot’s blog is 1,535 days old.

I happened to notice this as I was scanning through the blogs on my home page’s blogroll – a reminder that as far as I’ve gotten with the whole blogging thing, I’m still pretty new at this.

I received a piece of advice early on when I started blogging about eight months ago: long blogrolls look bad, and they pretty much defeat the primary purpose of having one – convenient access to blogs that you actually read. I suspect that people with lists of more than twenty or so blogs never actually get around to reading each one more than a few times a year.

Which brings me back to the purpose of this post: telling the world about some Vancouver bloggers to watch.

This includes the already-mentioned darrenbarefoot.com, for his keen (and consise) insight on wide-ranging topics, from the change in his coin dish to Afghanistan to Starbucks to UNICEF boxes. One question: where does he find the time?

Miss604/ of this MetroBlogging Vancouver site certainly deserves some praise, along with her partner in crime John Bollwitt, for the sheer amount of blog-related activity they are directly involved in as well as their contagious enthusiasm. Go, Canucks, go!

Blinkit, blog of the Vancouver Courier’s own Barry Link, is another one of my regular blogs to check. Although his blog is Vancouver-centric, I’m most intrigued by his adventures in the alternate reality of Second Life.

Those are just a few of the people on my own blogroll, though of course there are many other local bloggers worth a look. Indeed, many of the really good ones show up again and again on local blogrolls I scan – like the one on this site.

If I may, this Vancouver MetroBlogging site is without a doubt a great collection of local blogs – but it doesn’t hurt (much) to check out what the others are doing. Keep up the good work, y’all.

7 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    Beyond Robson is another great blog with posts from a dozen or so Vancouver writers.


  2. Rebecca (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    The blogroll on the sidebar is full Vancouver blogs about food, tech, daily life, rants etc. If you know any Vancouver blogs that aren’t on the list, feel free to give us a shout and we can add them :)


  3. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    No! Beyond Robson is evil! They are the enemy! We must drive our enemy blogs before us, burning their referrer logs!

    Ahem. Also, The Vancouverite is also the enemy, especially since they’re so entertainingly snarky they got name-checked in The Straight’s Best of Vancouver issue a few weeks back.

    But remember: Metroblogging Vancouver is all you really need. Accept no substitutes. Teacher, mother, secret lover! The Metblog: it’s nearly cybermorphic! Metblogging: millions of Los Angelenos can’t be wrong! Metroblogging Vancouver: read us, or Sean Bonner cuts off our air supply!*

    *Sean Bonner does not really control our air supply. But he does control the shock collars on our necks.


  4. Scott (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 7:44 pm

    I check out all the local blogs RSS feeds on NetNewsWire. A quick scan is all it needs in the morning and evening when I get home from work and I visit any post that I think I may find interesting.


  5. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

    I do visit some of the blogs on this blogroll, but frankly, I don’t have the time or interest in checking out 50 different ones on a regular basis. I mainly posted this just to see if anyone had any very specific Vancouver bloggers out there they wanted to single out for special mention for any recent activity. Thanks for the response, though.

    As for evil enemies, maybe I just don’t have the killer instinct, but I think there’s probably enough action out there for everyone to get a piece of the eyes-on-screen pie. If anything, a healthy rivalry is good for all parties. Coke or Pepsi, anyone?


  6. Rebecca (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 11:32 pm

    Ooops! I don’t get to all of them either :p Um, I probably get to my entire blogroll in a day, it helps that I can browse the feeds via my new fancy Google homepage tabs though hehe


  7. Meg (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

    For such a big city, everyone always ends up linking to the same ten blogs:).



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