Posted by: cindystephenson | July 31, 2009

Some Victoria bloggers to follow

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?”



  1. Hi Cindy, Thanks for the shout-out! I hope to make it to another tweet-up at some point, but the early morning ones are straight out, I fear… 😉

    We’ve added your blog to Metrocascade – sorry it took so long, working on a new notification system so that we don’t miss suggestions/ messages, either.

    I looked at your Flickr photos of your travels to Manhattan (and Paris) – nice pics, and oh my, I’m so envious!

    One small note: my last name is spelled Hei- not Hie-… Ppl get that mixed up all the time. (Oh, and I don’t write for Focus anymore – am looking for another gig/ platform, though.)

    Thanks again – nice write-up of #yyj bloggers!

    • Hi Yule,
      Thanks so much for your comment, and for adding my blog to Metrocascade.

      Sorry about the mis-spelling, and reference to Focus. I’ve also since learned that you’ve taught at Brown University and MIT (as well as Harvard). Wow!

      Nice work on the Johnston Street Bridge website – very effective layout.

      Hope to meet you in person, and I agree, 8 am is pretty early. I’m lucky because I work close by to where the tweetups usually are.

  2. Hi Cindy,
    Metrocascade is my favourite local aggregator.

    I enjoy reading One Slice At A Time-

    and Victoria Burger Blog


  3. For a local visual inspiration I also like
    Victoria Daily Photo

    For insights into local issues in Victoria

    • Hi Kathreen,

      Thanks for those suggestions, and I absolutely agree with you on Metrocascade. Yule does a really nice highlight post as well, of interesting recent posts by local bloggers.

      I have to add that when it comes to photos, you’re no slouch! I enjoy how you capture the essence of something.

  4. Thanks for the mention of Victoria Vision on Twitter. By the way, Catherine Novak is a good friend of mine and my first wife – this is a small town

    • Thanks for your comment. Indeed, Victoria is a small town. Enjoy Seattle, and I look forward to more posts from you on JSB when you return. I will try to generate some awareness as well.

      I’m thinking about looking at the approach the City of Vancouver has taken with the Burrard Street Bridge bike lane, (multiple ways for citizens to provide input during the pilot) versus Victoria’s approach with the Johnson Street Bridge.

  5. Hi Cindy – thanks for including me in your list! Look forward to seeing you @ a tweet-up again soon 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment – hope to see you in person again soon!

  6. Cindy! Thanks for the mention. Love that we’re gathering so much information!

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