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Sep 19 2008

StumbleUpon – The Second Northern Bloggers Meetup

Well, I have just arrived home from the second Northern UK Bloggers Meetup. After the success of the first meetup, I could not wait to see what else I could learn from the second, and also what people I would meet.

As before, the event was organised by Jamie Harrop and the main speaker for the evening was Tim Nash, who presented a fascinating talk about StumbleUpon. Now, I have not really used StumbleUpon, apart from playing with a paid campaign for one of my other sites at the beginning of this year and it was great to hear Tim, who obviously knows one heck of a lot about StumbleUpon, share a few of his secrets with us. I have already signed up for StumbleUpon and added the toolbar to my installation of Firefox, so let’s see if I can put his great advice to use.

Follow this link to get to Tim’s post that contains his presentation slides and also some more great tips about StumbleUpon

Apart from the usual faces from the last event, there was a couple of new faces in the meetup. One of these was Mike Little from Mike was one of the founding developers of WordPress and I found out when I got home that I have a book in my bookcase that he wrote about Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress.

I also met and chatted with Al Carlton from Self Made Minds, as well as other blogs. Al seemed like a very knowledgeable and well connected chat that I hope to network with further at future events.

Karyn from Miss Thrifty was also a newcomer to this event. Great to see some women at what is usually a male dominated event.

Well, cannot wait till the next one and I am going now to play with StumbleUpon and also watch some Ryder Cup!

One last thing, Stumbles on this post are most appreciated ;)

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  1. Matthew said on September 19th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    The event was excellent this evening. I look forwards to the next one!

  2. Andrew Mason said on September 19th, 2008 at 10:08 pm


    Sure was, let’s see what the next one has in store!


  3. Karyn said on September 19th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Wow – that was quick! I really enjoyed Tim’s presentation, and meeting you all.

    Consider yourself STUMBLED.

  4. Andrew Mason said on September 19th, 2008 at 10:13 pm


    Nice to get in first :)

    Thanks for the Stumble, hope to see you at the next event!


  5. Mike Little said on September 19th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Andrew, thanks for the mention. It was great to meet everyone. And I’m sure I’ve learnt more about StumbleUpon than is good for me. I guess I should go and sign up!
    Karyn, thanks for the lift, I made it to the train with seconds to spare, though it was subsequently delayed and I only got home just before midnight.


  6. Jon said on September 20th, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Hi Andrew

    Good to meet you last night. It was my first WP North meeting and I’m already looking forward to the next one!

    Cheers, Jon

  7. Al Carlton said on September 20th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for the write-up and link Andrew. It was a cool evening and great to meet both familiar and new faces. I managed to get well and truely lost on the way home and what should of been a 90 minute drive turned into a 2 1/2 hours of cussing.

    Hope to see you all again next time.

  8. Andrew Mason said on September 20th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    @Al Carlton

    I guess your gadget blog does not cover Sat Nav then ;)

    Hope to meet up at the A4U Expo, I have added your talk to my schedule.


  9. Al Carlton said on September 24th, 2008 at 6:57 am

    @Andrew Mason
    The annoying thing is I had my Sat Nav but kept getting directed to a closed road, once I’d finally got past that we had something of a communication problem on crazy 8 junction roundabouts. Next time train (will also be able to enjoy a beer then).

    Can I suggest a WP plugin to you, “Subscribe to comments” it enables people to be optionally emailed when new comments are added to a post. Useful to your readers and also gets them back to your site

  10. Andrew Mason said on September 24th, 2008 at 7:15 am

    @Al Carlton,

    Thanks for the suggestion regarding the plugin. I have used this a few times on other blogs and totally missed it for my own. I have just downloaded and installed this. I owe you one of those free beers at A4U now ;)


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