Northern Voice 2012

Personal Blogging and Social Media Conference
June 15th and 16th, 2012 in Vancouver, BC

Better Blogging Productivity. Making Time for The Write Stuff

Freelance Camp 2011: MIke VardyThis session focuses on how online writers/bloggers can best map out their time using different tools, tactics and strategies to get writing done. I will cite examples from my own schedule (as well as the schedule of other prominent bloggers) in order to offer varying perspectives considering each person has different challenges that they face in their lives. I'll discuss how to capture ideas, flesh them out and map out the process of blogging regularly from start to finish, and it will be suited for everyday bloggers to those who write less frequently.

Session Takeaways:

  1. Attendees will leave with a clearer vision on how they can blog regularly without compromising quality or stressing out about it.
  2. Attendees will learn of tools that they can easily access to keep their blogging productivity on track.
  3. Attendees will leave knowing that the methods discussed are proven effective -- and have been delivered and endorsed by someone who lives in the productivity space each and every day.


Mike Vardy is currently a Managing Editor at Stepcase Lifehack, and has contributed guest articles to several blogs in the productivity sphere as a result of his humorous work at the productivity parody site, Eventualism. He has also served as the editor of Work Awesome, the popular productivity/work-life balance blog, and Canada Editor at The Next Web, one of the world’s leading technology blogs. Canada's nationally-distributed newspaper, The Globe and Mail, has mentioned his written work as well, cementing his status as an emerging productivity consultant.

Along with his written work, Vardy has given talks on productivity and technology, including "Hacking Lifehacks" at TEDxJuanDeFuca, "The Power of Paper" and "The Suck That is Productivity" at IdeaWave, and several featured keynotes and workshops in his neck of the woods -- including speaking at Northern Voice last year on "How to Blog Funny".

As a podcaster, Vardy has created, produced and hosted several over the years. He currently co-hosts Dyscultured – a weekly technology podcast and live stream with Anthony Marco, Andrew Currie and Shane Birley and Mikes on Mics, a productivity and technology podcast with Michael Schechter of A Better Mess. He has also made guest appearances on CBC Radio’s On The Island, 70Decibels's Enough, and the popular FourCast podcast on the TWiT network.

He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with his amazing wife, daughter and son. He is followable on Twitter as @mikevardy and you can check out the rest of his things at his website,

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