In The July Issue of BC Business Magazine


The July issue of BC Business magazine showed up at my mailbox today. On page 184, there is an article call Blog On, which features me laying in bed with my laptop. The small caption next to my photo reads, “Blogging for bucks: For John Chow, showing up for at work is as easy as rolling out of bed – or not.” I guess they decided to scrap the blogging in jammies idea.

The article feature myself and fellow BC blogger Greg Godden of Normally, articles from BC Business are available online but it looks like the magazine is revamping their website. The new site, BC Business Online, will be launching July 4th. Hopefully, you’ll be able to read the entire article then. Alternatively, you can head pick up the magazine at any BC newsstands.

The article got a few facts wrong but nothing major. The theme of the article can be summarized in the heading above my head: There are more than 70 million blogs on the Web, and another 5,000 are added every hours. Only a handful of them are bringing in solid revenues. As local bloggers are discovering, it’s not enough to post witty commentary in your spare time. Truly making a buck in the blog-eat-blog world requires passion, discipline and a head for business.

82 thoughts on “In The July Issue of BC Business Magazine”

  1. Man John … you are getting alot of GOOD PRESS !!!

    Good for you!


    1. definitely. and some nice picture too

    2. zaki says:

      Congratulations…You’re on the spot light….and that’s great….
      Well done…
      Wish i can follow your step soon…very soon

      1. ritchie says:

        who would have guessed five years ago how serious the online marketing biz is gonna be taken these days ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  2. Michael Kwan says:

    Was this more fun or the Vancouver Sun article a long while back?

    1. ouchs says:

      Nice one JC, that’s more of me, I work with my laptop in my bed…

    2. John Chow says:

      This photo shoot took a lot longer. I wouldn’t say it’s more fun.

  3. Nice photo ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you really work in bed? I do sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. John Chow says:

      I hardly ever work in bed. When given a choice, I will take my dual monitor desktop over the laptop any day.

      1. ritchie says:

        Nothing like a nice workplace. There’s better use for a bed than working :mrgreen:

    2. I do, too, sometimes, especially on a Sunday. But like John, working on my desktop is actually a lot more fun for me.

  4. Steven says:

    Awesome, you get more publicity ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  5. Janemay says:

    This is probably the best picture I’ve seen of you…I mean, that’s a hot laptop ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Santosh P says:

      Yeh a HOT Laptop… ๐Ÿ˜›

    2. MrGPT says:

      Agreed on that!

    3. There’s actually a better picture of John with his laptop in bed; it’s in an older post I’m sure. This is an awesome picture though, I have to agree.

  6. ouchs says:

    you were checking out his laptop too? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  7. MK says:

    Nice photo there.

    I wonder how much traffic this article will bring to you.

    As always, the rich get richer XD

  8. chris says:

    Is this available anywhere in the states?

    1. John Chow says:

      Maybe in Washington State, but I doubt BC Business would go much beyond that. The article should be online soon.

      1. chris says:

        Thanks John. I’ll keep my eye out for it.

  9. Soultrance says:

    Damn, I checked Chapters for a copy yesterday and they still had the old issue. I’ll have to check again today.

    I sure hope the picture they chose for me, if they chose one, was okay. lol.

    Thanks again for sending my info along to the reporter John. Much appreciated, it was a very cool experience.


    1. John Chow says:

      They have a pic of you. You’re sitting on your couch and working on your laptop.

  10. johnny says:

    Do you really own that laptop? It looks pretty sweet โ—

    1. John Chow says:

      That’s my TTZ branded Dell XPS gaming laptop. I use it for LAN parties.

      1. that’s a nice cool laptop

      2. ian says:

        I think you need a branded laptop for all of those photo shoots.

        1. MrGPT says:

          Hahaha. Even more press.

  11. I take my hat off to you John. Your getting alot of exposure both offline and online.

    I did not find this blog through “make money online” from google but through word of mouth. As I just got into building my first website, my friend told me about a blog that takes in ยฃ6k per month (we’re in uk) and here I am. Been following your blog in the background for a few weeks now and theres a ton of good advice here. I going to start to comment more from now on… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. MrGPT says:

      Yes, it certainly is a great place to be, even if you aren’t here to make money online it’s still fun to learn about new things you never knew before.

  12. simon says:

    I agree.

    Truly making a buck in the blog-eat-blog world requires passion, discipline and a head for business.

    1. i’m not sure about blog-eat-blog, but i do agree on passion, discipline and a head for biz

      1. MrGPT says:

        I definitely agree with John when he says it’s a blog-eat-blog. So many blogs are competing to get that one top spot that everyone wants so desperately.

        1. Competition in the blogosphere is perennial, I agree.

  13. Casey says:

    Nice pose John! And congrats on the publicity!

  14. Jorge says:

    Just found your site today.
    Iยดm a begginer in this world.
    Could you give some basic tips for a guy that wants (and also needs=unemployed) to start learning from the greatest?

    1. MrGPT says:

      You can read John Chow’s eBook on how to make money online by clicking here.

  15. Jorge says:

    I thnk iยดm going to be a regular visitor!

    1. MrGPT says:

      Welcome to the crew ๐Ÿ˜Ž .

    2. Or subscribe to the feed. Either way you win. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  16. Jimson Lee says:

    Congrats! Local Vancouver guy does good.

    BC Business Magazine did an article on the CEO & President of SierraSystems in late April. He got canned last week.

    I doubt very much that will happen to you.

    All the best.

    1. Really? That’s just terrible! I don’t think it’s a BC Business Magazine curse though. John’s on the other side of the firing fence.

  17. DerrickFung says:

    Hi John,

    Congrats to you! I’ve recently been following your blog, and it has really encouraged me to start up my own. Check it out – I’ve taken all your tips and tricks, and hopefully I’ll do well *crosses fingers*. All the best from Toronto!


    1. MrGPT says:

      Nice site. I like the theme and the header logo is pretty cool.

  18. SeanS says:

    WoOooOo~ Sexy~ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    just kiddin!

  19. Wow, nice pic and it looks like a professional took this pic. Must feel great to be in a magazine now!

    1. I believe an actual photographer from the magazine went to John’s house to take this picture.

      Was this the one where they had to re-shoot, John?

  20. bob cobb says:

    Congrats on all the press. Free press is the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Jack says:

    Congratulations. This article probably you bring more visitors to your site. Maybe who reads the magazine will want to visit you site also.

  22. Way to go! Congrats!

  23. Shaun Carter says:

    Congratulations on the free ink John! Seems you are making a steady impression in the magazine world.

  24. Debo Hobo says:

    Now that is awesome! You are a real life celeb.

  25. Cool. Great job, John.
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  26. Santosh P says:

    You are a celeb..

  27. David Mackey says:

    Congratulations! ๐Ÿ˜†

  28. Benny says:

    Congratulation,wish to be like also lols..

  29. Mybloggo says:

    Congratulations!!!and where i can get the BC Business magazine in malaysia?

    1. MrGPT says:

      John said it should be online soon.

  30. Benny says:

    mybloggo, do we have that in malaysia? if it in malaysia i guess have to check at MPH? or somewhere popular book store..

    1. Mybloggo says:

      I also think like that….

    2. MrGPT says:

      Yeah, it should be online soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Mybloggo says:

        Can wait for that… ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. MrGPT says:

    John, this is exactly how I want it to be for me when I get my laptop. Should be here this week ๐Ÿ™‚ … of course it is nowhere near as good as yours!

    1. Stephen says:

      I wouldn’t wish having John’s laptop on anyone. The card reader is already broken and I think there is something else that is starting to go on it. Stupid Dells…

      That’s why John uses an MSI, but he can’t put his logo on it. I can’t remember the last time he actually dragged that broken thing to a show. It’s a beast. I wouldn’t want to carry it around either.

  32. Congrats, it’s insane how far the blogging world has come, and how profitable it is. Only time will tell how much staying power it has, here’s hoping it stays around for a long time!

  33. Joy Anderson says:

    Wow! A new car and being in BC Business Magazine! That is great! Congrats! ๐Ÿ˜€

  34. Have been anticipating this article for a while now. It’s great that it’s out and I’m sure you’ll only get more traffic from it. Will definitely be on the lookout for the online version in a few days. Cheers!

  35. webduck says:

    Congrats John! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. Wahlau.NET says:


    you have a good point there….there is a lot who fail in money making blog then those who became succesful

  37. naveen says:

    hey that was gud.

    i would like to request u to add me as a link

    my link :

  38. MC says:

    John, congrats on being put in this magazine..tremendous feat and well deserved! Continued success to you in what you are doing.

  39. dotnetnuke says:

    Congratulations being numero uno. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. I’m pretty sure an international publication will feature you in their pages next time, John. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  41. Isnt it crazy to see your picture in print for the first time? For me, the first time (even though not for blogging) was a bit scary!!

  42. John Cow says:

    Chow in the offline edition ?:)

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