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New Meetup: Building Your Online Community Through Blogging

From: user 6.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 8:35 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Vancouver Blogger Meetup Group!

What: Building Your Online Community Through Blogging

When: Tuesday, November 30,[masked]:30 PM

Where: The Network Hub
3rd floor - 422 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z4

Dear all,

No, I wasn't lost. I was just overwhelmed, and so were my Assistant Organizers, Jonathon Narvey and Shane Birley. But we are back and in what way! We have a stellar panel of speakers who will be sharing their experiences building an online community through blogging. Rebecca Bollwitt, Arieanna Schweber and Robert Ballantyne are our panelists for the November 2010 Vancouver Blogger Meetup. Nibbles and a drink and the panel will take place at The Network Hub (422 Richards Street, 3rd Floor, near the intersection of West Hastings and Richards in downtown Vancouver) on November 30th at 6:30pm and the panel will begin formally at 7:00pm. We expect to wrap up by 9:00pm.


Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss604) has been blogging since 2004 on and was an early-adopter of social media. She will be sharing her experiences about how this award-winning blog has built an online and offline audience through social media networks, event organization, community outreach, her own small business, and her recent book.

Arieanna Schweber will be speaking about her work building communities around niche topics, particularly in the entertainment sphere. Having grown the Entertainment Channel at b5media first as a blogger and then as channel editor, Arieanna has had extensive experience in community building. Two main themes that her intervention will shed light on are - Targeting the tween and teen audiences and Understanding the dynamics of forums and how blog communities can learn from them.

Robert Ballantyne will be talking his experience participating in open space meetings, reported on the Bowen Island Ning. There was a small group - only 4 of us, as Robert indicated - who met for an 'open
space' session recently. "It revealed lots about how we feel about our community on Bownen Island..", Robert mentions. Robert's main interest, as a consultant teaching Policy Governance to non profit organizations, is to share tools that permit our non profit organizations to achieve real community transformation.

Rebecca Bollwitt's bio:
Although she built her first website in 1997, Rebecca has been blogging about life in BC since 2004 on, and podcasting since 2005. was voted "Best Vancouver Blog" by the Georgia Straight for 2009 & 2010, "Best Local Blog" by The Westender in 2010, and has been ranked within the top ten blogs in Canada. Recently named one of BC's Top 100 Women of Influence by the Vancouver Sun, Rebecca co-founded sixty4media, a WordPress website development firm, and has co-authored the book, Blogging to Drive Business.

Arieanna Schweber's bio:
Arieanna Schweber has been blogging professionally since 2005, both on her own and for 5 years with b5media as Senior Editor of 35+ writers and 70+ properties. She specializes in creating communities for the teen demographic and training writers to understand these dynamics. Arieanna has a Business & Communications joint degree from SFU. Arieanna writes at and Gilmore and provides consulting services to local businesses in community building and writing services.

Robert Ballantyne's bio:
Robert Ballantyne is a consultant teaching policy governance (TM) and a resident of Bowen Island. Passionate about engaging online communities, Robert has spent the past 10 years creating and fostering online communities, and lately has been involving himself with the governance process for the growth of the Bowen Island Community. Robert has a professional website ( and blogs at Salish Sea.

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