The city blog scene

Vancouver along the sea

The blog business is a tough business my friend. You need to be Gordie Howie or Mark Messier when you go into the corners, elbows out ready to take out an opponent’s eye so that you can get the puck before he does. There is a war going on, to shift metaphors in mid-paragraph, and to the winner goes the prize of seventy-two raisins. Huh? What? There’s no raisins? So then why is everyone so angsty around these parts?

Since I get enough competition in my job as a trainer for the competitive Penguin Fighting League (West Coast Circuit), I’m not into recasting the local city blog scene as some sort of death match where only one can win. I mean I regularly see spitting mad spheniscus so how interesting are bloggers who haven’t had their am coffee to me?

As a sign that we at Metroblogging Vancouver have no real interest in this undeclared blog war I’d like to take this moment to highlight a few of the city’s other great group blogs. If I’ve left one out it’s because it’s just slipped my mind, and not because I was trying to suplex it into submission, so if there’s one you’d like to see profiled then shoot me a link [jks]. This doesn’t mean that I love everything about each of those blogs, like us here they’re all imperfect, but I’d rather build the local blogging community by being positive not by “winning”.

The blogs, after the jump.

Urban Vancouver [uv]: I have a tendancy to forget Urban Vancouver when talking about local city blogs because it’s much more than a simple city blog, it’s also by far the best aggragator of Vancouver blog content on the internet. As the first city focused group blog in Vancouver it’s been doing what we’ve do for longer than anyone else, and they’ve been great at being the elderstates blog of Vancouver. When we here at MBV wanted to run a Best of Vancouver style survey during our first year, it was UV who stepped up and helped us by writing the backend software.

Beyond Robson [br]: I like white space and good layout and Beyond Robson is a layout dork’s dream. Sleek and sexy it combines consistently good writing with a beautiful looking page. Their current crop of writers are some of the city’s best bloggers, and they do a great job of speaking with a single unified voice. They’ve got some fun regular features, Morning Brew and their photos pop to mind.

The Vancouverite [tv]: The Vancouverite is fun. Snarky is a word they clearly cherish and it seems like they want to be the local blog with attitude. Clearly more focused on pop-culture than any of the other entries here it’s a great look at a Vancouver prespective on the larger world. Rounding up great YouTube clips and putting down pretty much everyone it’s fun. Which might make it sound like I’m trying to sarcastically be positive, but no really I love reading the Vancouverite.

Overheard in Vancouver [ohv]: One of only two blogs on the list with a completely open submission system, Overheard is basically a place where you can send in the odd and funny conversations you happen to accidently listen to while in the GVRD. It’s perfect at what it does, and always worth reading.

Rant! Vancouver [rv]: Like Overheard Rant! has an open submission system, meaning that it’s not confined to just having people who want to blog regularly as authors. This means that it can be pretty much anyone’s soapbox, and that makes it unique and quite fun. Though because it’s sort of a self-selecting system (the writers are all people with internet access who want to rail against the way things are) it is fairly open to conflicting political views.

Again if we’ve left anyone off let me know. These are just group blogs focused on and centred in Vancouver about Vancouver. Now excuse me, my penguin is fighting in this round.

9 Comments so far

  1. Hummingbird604 (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

    Hey Jeffery,

    Nice round-up of Vancouver blogs. When/if you write a collection of individuals who blog from Vancouver, could you please ensure to include me :-)

    I am trying to attract more traffic to my blog. That being said, I’ll admit that my blog doesn’t have a heck of a lot of Vancouver content. A lot of it is music and randoms thoughts. But on the other hand I have dozens of restaurant reviews, from brunch to dinner so at least I’d say that’s Vancouver content!


  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    The sheer number of Vancouver blogs makes it unlikely that I’d try something like this for them, because it would be near impossible to not leave a bunch out and then people would be upset about not being included.

    I might try doing topic specific things, local foodie blogs or local Canuck blogs, but probably never a general “Here’s all the Vancouver blogs” thing.

  3. Lydia (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    Local foodie blogs would be a great idea! You know my favourite 2- and

  4. Hummingbird604 (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

    I completely understand Jeffery. And the problem is, I don’t have like a particular line (sometimes I blog environment, sometimes I blog local restaurants, other times complete random thoughts). Ah well, I guess I’ll have to shift my focus :)

    Thanks for the heads up Lydia. I like eating out a lot, that’s why I do restaurant reviews.


  5. Scott (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    Thanks for mentioning two of my blogs Jeff!

    Scott from Rant!Vancouver and Overheard in Vancouver.

  6. Rebecca (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    Yeah but what’s with the Vancouverite turning off comments?

  7. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm


    No problem. I had a feeling the two were somehow linked, but never was sure until now.


    I’d assume the Vancouverite was getting negative comments, and unlike us they decided it wasn’t worth keeping them open.

  8. Scott (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    I also run a little known site called Seen in Vancouver. Feel free to drop by sometime.

  9. Jackson Murphy (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    I turned off the comments when spam brought down the entire site for a couple of days. And I just haven’t bothered to juice them back up. The honest truth is I don’t really read comments. Meh.

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