How to Build a Business out of your Blog

Excited to announce our February YVR Bloggers Meetup with a dynamic lineup of speakers and performers! Our Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 Meetup will be at the luxurious and elegant AutoForm in Vancouver.

Here is a video from one of our previous events:

Looking forward to seeing new bloggers, long-time bloggers, people interested in the subject of blogging, as well as businesses that would like to use a blog to market their business, and work in strategy partnerships with bloggers.

How to Build a Business Out of Your Blog - Julie Nowell

Speech Description
A blog is more than a website, it can be a viable business. Learn about ways to bring your brand "beyond the blog" and how to find your place in the business of digital marketing. 

Speaker Bio

A blogger, publisher and private consultant, Julie works on amazing projects all designed to support and nurture creativity, a positive lifestyle and viable business practices. A true believer of the win-win-win philosophy, Julie's goals are to create  rewarding opportunities that benefit all of those involved. A mom of 3, living an idyllic rural life on Salt Spring Island, Julie balances life, family and feeding the chickens.

You can find more about Julie at 3 Chickens Consulting

Ten Things You Need to Know about WordPress but Were Afraid to Ask - Mari Kane

Speech Description

From the simple to the sophisticated, Mari Kane offers Ten Things You Need To Know About WordPress But Were Afraid To Ask. Many of these things will save you time in your blogging workflow, others will improve the user's experience. All of them will make a difference on your WordPress site.

Speaker Bio 

Mari Kane is a Blogger and WordPress Consultant living in Vancouver. She blogs about blogging at Blogsite When she's not designing WordPress blogsites and tutoring people about their own, she blogs on her wine site, Tasting Room Confidential, and web masters for the BC Association of Travel Writers at Mari also runs a weekly Meetup called WordPress Workshop to help users improve their WordPress sites. She believes that WordPress was created to let people take control of their web presence and that's exactly what she will help them do.

You can find out more about Mari at Blog Site Studio

Special Magic Performance by Michael Dinero

Performer Bio

Michael Dinero possesses the ability to manipulate, materialize, dematerialize living and nonliving objects of any size. Michael has performed at birthdays, weddings, and corporate shows, yet despite his local fame, has always remained down to earth. He blends mystery and comedy into feats of magic, which dazzle the mind and make you laugh. The real magic, however, is the man.

You can find out more about Michael at 

The Magic of Michael Dinero

A special thank you to AutoForm for hosting our YVR Bloggers Meetup!

February Schedule

5:30 pm - Doors open to the Public

5:30 - 6 pm - Networking

6 pm - Global Live Stream begins

6:15 pm - Call to Order - Nadeem Ahmad

6:20 pm - Vision of YVR Bloggers - Ricky Shetty

6:25 pm - AutoForm - Mike Wood 

6:30 - 6:50 pm - Car Bloggers Panel

6:50 pm - 7:20 pm - 10 Things you Need to know about Wordpress but were Afraid to Ask - Mari Kane

7:2o - 7:40 pm - Special Magic Performance - Michael Dinero

7:40 - 7:55 pm - Networking

7:55 pm - Featured Blogger - Megan Kennedy

8 - 8:30 pm - How to Build a Business Out of Your Blog - Julie Nowell (Keynote Speech)

8:30 pm - Bullyproof Book - Faisal Khattak

8:35 pm - Door Prizes

8:45 pm - Announcements/Thank Speakers, Sponsors, Volunteers, &  Venue Host

8:45 - 9 pm - Networking

Our regular Sergeant-at-Arms Faisal Khattak just released his brand new book "7 Surefire Ways to Bullyproof your Child" and will be doing a Book Signing after the event.

Our friends at Bare Essentials Skin Bar will be giving away a free skin treatment to the best Tweeter of the evening so make sure you tweet using hashtag #YVRBloggers. Some more awesome door prizes by the following sponsors:

This month's featured caterer is Siddhartha's Indian Kitchen. Chef Siddhartha and the lovely Alice Zhou will be providing appetizers and drinks for all of our bloggers. We'll be hosting our first YVR Bloggers Foodie Meetup on Sunday, March 2, 2014 so makes sure you RSVP for that event too! :)

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  • Reena V.


    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Farhanna F.

    Good show. As it was just before Valentine's am giving away an ebook it's in the file section.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Ricky S.

    Thank you, everyone, for the positive feedback!!

    We look forward to seeing you at our March Meetup! Here is a recording of the Magic Show by Michael Dinero:

    2 · February 15, 2014

  • Alicia K.

    Wonderful people, very generous hosts and sponsors, very informative speakers. This was my first time in attendance, and I'll definitely be back! Thanks Ricky!

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Khalida

    Very informative. Great guest speakers. Generous hosts. Thank you.

    3 · February 13, 2014

    • Mari K.

      Great job Khalida!

      1 · February 15, 2014

    • Khalida

      Hi everyone! Thank you very much for great feedback.

      1 · February 15, 2014

  • Lindsie T.

    This was my first event and really enjoyed it! Ironically, my site got hacked just days before this event. My tech support (aka my hubby), is working on fixing it but I really learned a lot and enjoyed all the speakers. Thanks Ricky and to everyone who attended for making it such an enjoyable evening.

    2 · February 15, 2014

  • Mari K.

    I answered Henry's question about plugins at

    3 · February 14, 2014

  • Mari K.

    Fantastic presentations. I learned a lot!

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Reena V.

    This was my first ever blogger event and I am excited to begin this journey as part of my business. Thank you Ricky Shetty for organizing & hosting this event. I met so many people from the blogger world and got to know a lot of good information and learned new things. This was an absolute joy. Thank you to everyone I talked to for our exchange of conversation and would like to know you better. Others who I did not get a chance to say hello to, let us talk next time. Chiao

    2 · February 14, 2014

  • Megan K

    Wonderful event! Thank you everyone who was part of it. It was a great time between the speakers, conversations, entertainment and treats. Also, thank you for letting me speak, it was a honour.

    2 · February 14, 2014

  • Joyanna A.

    another great event, cute magic show, neat blogger chats and really enjoyed Julie's presentation.

    2 · February 13, 2014

  • Dai M.

    Fantastic event! Great speakers, energy and amazing venue!

    2 · February 13, 2014

  • Karina E.

    I was very excited about this event but I have a family commitment. I will have to watch the live stream. See you next time, YVRBloggers!

    2 · February 13, 2014

  • Claudine P.

    Sorry my day is running me over and I can't come tonight. I will book appointments with Julie and Mary Kane privately. Thank you!

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • moneca y.

    My other event was moved. I am attending!

    February 7, 2014

    • Ricky S.

      Awesome - YVR Bloggers wouldn't be the same without you! :)

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Kelly K.

    Foiled by hubby having to go away for work...AGAIN!!! :(

    February 5, 2014

    • Ricky S.

      You can still watch it on our Live Stream! :)

      February 6, 2014

  • Perry M.

    Ouch have to work to pay for teeth filling. Would love to take someone out to lunch to discuss what was learned. Looking forward to watching the videos and reading the write ups. Have and great get together and see you March 2nd.

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Ricky S.

      Too bad that you'll miss it - we'll see you at our March Meetup, Perry! :)

      February 4, 2014

  • moneca y.

    Hey Ricky. Sorry...going to a health mingler at Suki's on February 13. Won't be able to volunteer. I am introducing LiquidBiocell Collagen to Suki's Salon!

    February 1, 2014

    • Ricky S.

      Feel free to stop by after your first appointment! :)

      February 2, 2014

  • Ricky S.

    Please RSVP so we can keep track of attendance - looking forward to seeing you at our February Meetup!! :)

    January 24, 2014

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