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Secrets of Successful Bloggers – Panel Discussion

The audience for the Secrets of Successful Bloggers panel was filled with people who had blogs or wanted to start blogging. The panel, Sean Cranbury (Books on the Radio & Advent Book Blog), Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss 604), Kelsey Dundon (The Anthology), Jeannette Ordas (Everybody Likes Sandwiches), and moderator Jenn Farrell (Canada Fancy) did a great job of introducing the topic.

After a discussion of how the panelists’ impulse to start blogging the direction was turned over to the audience. Some of the questions people asked were: How do you promote your blogs? By engaging in the wider community discussion on topics you’re interested in and creating content that your audience wants to share with their friends. The question of how people make money off blogs led to an interesting talk about the ethics of ads and disclosure of complimentary things to blog about. They discussed easy technical solutions for newbies and why someone might need more control. They talked about the difference between momentum and inspiration, and how using a pseudonym can get in the way of that.

The takeaways from the session are “Engage with your audience” and “Blogging is iterative and the blog you have today will be a different beast next year.”

It was a great panel, thanks very much to everyone involved.


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Here come the bloggers!

This year, the North Shore Writers Festival is offering its first-ever blogging panel with some of the region’s most prominent bloggers. The following six panelists will discuss trends, best practices and the future of blogging at the festival from 2 to 3:30 in the Welsh Hall.

Rebecca Bollwitt, one of BC’s Top 100 Women of Influence according to the Vancouver Sun, has run the Miss604 blog since 2004. Focusing on life in Vancouver and its environs, it was voted Best Vancouver Blog by the Georgia Straight for the past three years.


Vancouver-based Sean Cranbury is a literary renaissance man: writer, book blogger and literary event programmer. He operates the book-focused Books on the Radio blog, as well as the successful Advent Book Blog, which solicits Canadian book recommendations from the country’s literati every day leading up to Christmas in December.

Kelsey Dundon’s The Anthology blog chronicles all things fashion-forward and stylish. She is also the founder of Northill Creative, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in writing and communications strategy.



When local author Jenn Farrell is not writing books or teaching creative writing classes, she dishes about beauty and fashion on her blog, Canada Fancy. The lovely and beguiling Ms. Farrell will bring her sharp wit and probing questions to the festival as this panel’s moderator.


Jeannette Ordas is a self-described food-obsessed web designer who writes about cooking and baking on her blog, Everybody Likes Sandwiches.