WordCamp Whistler needs YOU!

Posted in Blogging, Events

WordCamp Whistler

WordCamp Whistler is just around the corner and we need your help to make it the best event this winter. First of all, go sign up if you haven’t done that yet. Or, even better, submit a speaking proposal.

We are also looking for sponsors to help us cover the conference expenses. There are multiple levels of sponsorship packages that you can choose from and they all give you some kind of exposure to all the attendees. If your company is interested in sponsoring this event, or if you know someone who may be interested please visit the sponsorship page for more information.

You can also help us promote WordCamp Whistler by displaying one of our banners on your website.

WordCamp Whistler 2009

Posted in Around Vancouver, Blogging, Events

The official announcement for WordCamp Whistler is out. It’s on January 24th at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort where they’ve also secured a great group rate.

This site is your official source for WCWhistler information. Check out the speaker page, add your own submission to become a speaker, find out more about sponsorship, and check back for blog updates. You can also follow the action with the RSS feed or by adding @WCWhistler on Twitter.

So go buy your ticket before they sell out. It’s going to be an awesome time.

b5media launches 2 portals

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Professional Blogging

Today b5media announced the launch of our new business portal, bizzia.com, which reminded me that I hadn’t yet written about the first portal that we launched, starked.com!

Bizzia is an online resource into the business blogs at b5 – it features the best of the content the writers are producing, as well as videos and more. In similar manner, Starked was launched in Las Vegas last month to support our entertainment news.

Starked highlights the top Entertainment news in celebrity, tv, movies & music. I’ve been managing that portal since soon after it launched (my new job title is Online Producer, Starked). w00t! It’s the second iteration of the portal concept, after the earlier try I blogged about here. This new portal way outstrips the old one!

Since Starked is near and dear to me, I’m going to talk about it a bit more. As a portal, it offers insight into two “channels” or “verticals” at b5 – the Entertainment Channel (which I manage) and the Music Channel (managed by Jeanne Dupuis). Together, that’s more than 70 blogs and 30 writers producing upwards of 4,000 posts per month.

Nobody can blame you if you don’t want to read 4,000 posts a month, so Starked is the window into the newest and most sought after news. Each day we feature 40+ new stories on the front page and on the subpages (for tv, celebrities, music so far). I’ve been working on rotating the “image-based” posts a few times a day, depending on how much “free” time I have. It’s been great fun, but has kept me super busy.

If you are into Entertainment, tune in to Starked each day, or grab the RSS feed for the featured posts.

Go Global Presentation: Travel Blogging

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Events, Professional Blogging

Today I gave a presentation to a small group of students at UBC as part of Go Global Week. The presentation topic was “Documenting your International Experience: how to create a dynamic travel blog

I used these slides as my speaking points during the talk, although covered a lot more ground that was here. Raul, a great support during the day, also live blogged the session! You can read that here.

Travel Blogging Basics
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: travel blogging)

You can also download the presentation as PDF here.

MostPublic Index: Vancouver

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Around Vancouver, Blogging, Business, Social networking


NowPublic today announced, in partnership with the Vancouver Sun, the launch of its fourth MostPublic Index, this time for Vancouver. And I’m in the top 10!

The MostPublic Index identifies the Web’s 20 most visible individuals, those who are engaged in the world around them;

“This is the first attempt to take a group of people and say, ‘Let’s crunch the data and see when somebody says something, how many people do they reach with that message.’ “I think the list will surprise some people,” – Leonard Brody, CEO of NowPublic

Although I do “keep my head down” in many ways, I’m nothing if not prolific on the web. It’s a great honor to be a part of this list.

The Top 10 from the Vancouver MostPublic Index are:

  1. Darren Barefoot         http://www.darrenbarefoot.com/
  2. Tim Bray        http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/
  3. Boris Mann        http://blog.bootuplabs.com/
  4. Kris Krüg       http://kriskrug.com/
  5. Roland Tanglao  http://rolandtanglao.com/
  6. Tom Williams    http://www.givemeaning.com/blog/index.html
  7. Megan Cole      http://www.megancole.org/
  8. Rebecca Bollwitt         http://www.miss604.com/
  9. Arieanna Schweber       http://www.blogaholics.ca/
  10. Tod Maffin      http://todmaffin.com/

Check out the full Top 20 here. And have a look around the NowPublic site – if you haven’t seen it since the re-design, it’s well worth some of your time. The header is constantly changing too, which is great fun.

And yes, I’m aware the Vancouver Sun mis-spelled my name :(

Upcoming Speaking Gigs

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Events, Professional Blogging

I am finally getting back into speaking (something I love to do) and have a couple of upcoming speaking engagements.

b5 Blogger Summit at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas
Topic: SEO and Advertisers (speaking with Gabrielle Green)

Date: Friday, September 19, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Location: Las Vegas Convention center
Cost: Free! (Mostly for b5ers, but everyone is welcome)

RSVP to ed@b5media.com

b5media has a lot of fun stuff going on for Blog World Expo. If you’re going, you can also sign up for a blogger meet-up on the 19th and come by our booth to play poker & win prizes! Info here.

Go Global Week at UBC
Topic: Travel Blogging

The session will talk about travel blogging, how to get started, and tips on things like adding photos to your blog.

Date: Thursday, October 02, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Chemistry Room 300, UBC
Cost: Free!

Register Here – you need to be a UBC student.

The Manga Meme

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Social networking

I’m feeling a little overworked today, but somehow that didn’t stop me from jumping onto the FaceYourManga meme that hit twitter today. In fact, it made my day just a little bit brighter. I’m not sure who started the meme, but all day my twitter feed has been steadily been going manga. Check it out:

In just a few minutes you can customize your own little manga. The settings are easy to use and the results quite unique. The assortment of options is "enough" while not perfect. In the end, you pay a small price to download your personal manga. Totally fine by me, it was a fun few minutes of my day! Here, see the manga I was making for Ianiv:

And this is the Arieanna manga:

What does your manga look like?

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