Vancouver blogger and self-proclaimed “technologist” Darren Barefoot has a lot of projects on his plate. His day job is with Capulet, but another big part of his life is with Northern Voice. For the latter, he’ll be giving a talk on blogging in February. More specifically, he’s doing a little get together to discuss “Why We Blog.” To prepare for this, he has put together a short 16 question survey for the ever expanding blogging community. If you’re a blogger, I highly encourage you to fill this quick (five minute) survey, not only for the greater good of the blogging community, but also because it gives you a chance to win an iPod shuffle. It’s no iPhone, but it only takes five minutes of your time.
Personally, I started blogging largely because I enjoy writing and wanted to eventually parlay it into a career (which I have). It was also a good excuse to showcase my writing and to promote my freelance writing business. Since then, though, I’ve gone on to meet several other bloggers (local and beyond) who I may not have connected with otherwise. Most notably, there is Ed Lau, John Chow, Dylan Duarte, and Darren Barefoot. Having your own website is not just for big companies anymore: anyone can get their hands on a blog for either very cheap or even absolutely free (Blogger, Blogspot, WritingUp, etc).
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