Since meeting some of Victoria B.C.’s “twitterati”, I’ve discovered a number of locals I follow on Twitter also blog.
One of the customs every Friday on Twitter is to recommend “tweeple” you think others should follow. We call it “follow friday” in twitterland. I’m not sure if there’s an equivalent in the blogosphere, but maybe we should start something similar.
To kick it off, here’s a list of 10 local bloggers that are worth following. Not conclusive by any means, but 10 seemed like a good number to start with. And who knows – maybe I’ll do another post in a few weeks.
Wordspring – Catherine Novak describes her blog aptly as “social media for business demystified”. She’s also a business writer, runs workshops on social media, and together with Paul Holmes, founded Victoria’s Social Media Club.
In Jodie’s Brain – Jodie Gastel loves getting people connected through technology, and offers numerous regular workshops locally and in other parts of the province. She’s recently taken on the admirable task of creating a Victoria twitter directory.
Yule Heiiebel – a former Harvard professor who writes for Focus Magazine, Yule is also co-founder of a Victoria-based venture called MetroCascade, which aims to evolve into a go-to site for news, events, and information about Victoria BC. Go here for an extensive list of local bloggers.
Virtualis – Dan Parks hails from California and is Victoria’s resident expert on the virtual world, Second Life. He runs events and conferences on Second Life for clients and will create an avatar for you. For a glimpse into Second Life, check out his blog.
Eventualism/EffTD – Mike Vardy works at the Victoria Film Festival. He’s a self professed productivity expert preaching eventualism and is also very funny and witty, as you’ll soon see if you read his blog and tweets. Mike has monetized his blog, so maybe if we all subscribe he’ll be able to retire … eventually.
The Shy Singer-Songwriter – Vikki Flawith was the first local tweep I began following on Twitter. Through her I connected with the local twitter community and began attending our regular tweetups. She blogs on issues related to personal growth and is currently working towards her goal to compose 50 songs in 90 days.
The Insider – BC Lobbyist – Mike Geoghegan is a government relations consultant who appears regularly on CFAX radio’s “The Capital Gang”. His offers incites into current and topical issues.
Samothrace – Tori Klassen is into fitness in a big way, having vowed to run a marathon in 2009. She’s documenting her journey on her blog. Her writing style is very honest and personal, which makes it a very engaging blog.
Paul Holmes – describes himself as an Internet geek, social media aficionado and software developer. He heads up a local company called IdeaZone – a website design and marketing firm. Many of Paul’s posts (on both sites) are “how to do’s” which I find helpful.
Bob McIntosh – a journalist, writer and editor who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States, and now resides in Victoria, has two blogs: The New Canadian and Outsider’s Inside Guide to Victoria BC. Both are worth checking out.
Oops…I snuck in an extra one. Just goes to show we have a wealth of talented writers in Victoria. Check them out, and if you like what you see, pay them the ultimate compliment by subscribing to their blog.
And now, over to you. Are there other local bloggers that you enjoy and follow who should get a “follow friday?”