Northern Voice After Party - Take 5 Cafeby Darren Barefoot ( )
After an exhaustive search (really, we went to, like, five places), we've located the ideal venue for the post-conference party for Northern Voice: Take 5 Cafe. Why is it ideal? Let me tell you:
Dean and his staff will have a "nice selection of beer, wine and martinis on offer", as well as a broad array of the non-alcoholic beverages. I took a few daytime photos of the venue. As you can see, Take 5 is the 'third place' for the Bryght team (plus Will Pate). For the party, we plan to dim the lights, bring in some candles and remove some of the tables.
In case anybody's wondering, you're welcome to bring significant others, friends and attractive strangers to the party. Basically, you've just got to have some connection to the conference or one of the organizers. If you're not going to the conference, but want to come to the party, email us and we'll officially make you connected.
Vancouver Blogger Meetupby Darren Barefoot ( )
Over the past six months or so, we've held three blogger meetups in Vancouver. They've been enjoyable evenings of drinking and carrying on, and have had 20-25 people out each time. This Google search will lead you to some descriptions and photos of previous events.
Come on out, bring your friends. If you're coming into town for the conference,
Newbies Definitely Welcomeby Darren Barefoot ( )
I just took a quick look at our handy Sporg registration system. During the registration process, one of the questions we ask is 'Are you currently a blogger?' Here's how the answers break down at this point:
That's a pretty healthy breakdown, I think. It's particularly cool that nearly 20% of people attending are going to be new to blogging. As for the people here to pick up, I'll do my best to play matchmaker on the day of the conference.
Registration Contest #2: Win Adobe Softwareby Boris Mann ( )
Contests are fun. So we're having another one!
Anyone that registers between January 8th (this past Saturday) and January 31st, 2005 is eligible to win the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements for Windows XP.
(I see some people from Montreal are already eligible to win)
Darren, prizemaster extraordinaire, is off enjoying the sun and sand in Cuba, so that's all the details I have for you on this prize. But heh, this is blogging, I'm allowed to do that.
Registration Contest: Faye Anderson wins the RCA MP3 Playerby Boris Mann ( )
Remember that registration contest? Well, Faye Anderson, who is a blogger hopeful, won the MP3 player. Sounds like the story will make a great first post once she learns all about blogging at Northern Voice (yes, that's right â€“ there are lots of non-bloggers coming to learn all about blogging; bring your friends!).
Thanks to Todd Maffin for providing this great prize.