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Three Hour Photo Session For BC Business

written by John Chow on May 7, 2007

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The photographer for BC Business Magazine was over this morning to take my picture for an upcoming issue. They wanted to project an image that blogging can be done anywhere and at anytime, even when you’re in your bathrobe. Luckily, I just happen to have a nice Versante bathrobe laying around.

The photo session lasted over three hours as photographer Nick Westover tried to capture that “blogging in jammies” look. We took some shots of me sitting at my workstation and with my notebook by the stairs. Even Sally got in on some of the photos.

I didn’t get a chance to see any of the photos so I have no idea what they look like. However, I’m sure it’ll look better than this.


Yes, you really can blog in your bathrobe. Look for me in the June (or July) issue of BC Business magazine.

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Vik May 7, 2007 at 12:21 pm is everywhere!!..:)..Nice pic John in the bathrobe.

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 2:01 pm

I like your bathrobe

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 2:01 pm

did they photograph you in the bathrobe??

blogdinero May 7, 2007 at 12:25 pm

:lol: Congrats, grea smile.

Kumiko May 7, 2007 at 5:17 pm

I think a world record was probably just broken for “largest smile”!

blogdinero May 7, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Not only the smile is great, I think the kimono is nice jejeje

Marti May 7, 2007 at 12:34 pm

3 hours ? Last time I got photographed for a newspaper article it lasted 3 min and they even managed to print my name wrong :roll:

Best Airmiles Deals May 7, 2007 at 12:35 pm

Congrats on the BC Business. More exposure (like you needed it) :razz:

Nice pic! May 7, 2007 at 12:36 pm

Nice work! Not the first time you are in the newspaper. Hope everything goes well with your blog. But, please post some more money making tips! Looking forward to that, since I´m visiting your blog everyday.

Everyday Weekender May 7, 2007 at 12:43 pm

3 hours.. didn’t you have to go to the bathroom?

David Wilkinson May 7, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Argh! That piccy is scary. ;)

The REALLY evil John Chow. :twisted: You twister psychopath!

James May 7, 2007 at 12:57 pm

lol your pictures are always great.

SEO Forums May 7, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Have to agree, some thing rarely found in our industry :cry: :wink:

Ali May 7, 2007 at 1:00 pm

I blog in my jammies too, while eating, while holding my baby etc…

Dude, that is one scary picture.

SEO Tips, Techniques & Tutorials May 7, 2007 at 1:03 pm

That pic looks hilari-o-u-s :razz: . Hey, how come you have to desktop. Looks like one is used for blogging and the other is for COUNTING UP YOUR MONEY, huh? :grin:

Desi Baba May 7, 2007 at 1:09 pm

John is pimpin…lolz

Sabrina May 7, 2007 at 1:15 pm

I’m perilously close to having to explain why I’m laughing out loud when I’m not supposed to be reading blogs at work! Your smile made me laugh out loud, you look like you just got caught with your hand where it shouldn’t be!

Deelip May 7, 2007 at 1:34 pm

congratulations hey.

Fabio May 7, 2007 at 1:41 pm

How do you manage two LCD with one mouse only? :grin:
Great photo…. !

Dot info domain name May 7, 2007 at 2:04 pm

i’m surprised that someone don’t know how to manage this, but here you go:
just drag one window from one lcd to another with one mouse.

it’s really simple

Mubin May 7, 2007 at 1:43 pm open
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we do pretty much the same thing, and yet you make thousands! I wish I had a calculator by my workstation all the time, but alas I dont need it yet.

Eric May 7, 2007 at 1:45 pm

John, I noticed your rubik’s cube! How long does it take you to solve it? I can usually do it in about a minute and a half.. although I’m a little out of shape now.


John Chow May 7, 2007 at 1:57 pm
Law of Attraction May 7, 2007 at 2:24 pm

I just saw the video….thats fast…whats your IQ john and for how long have you been solving cubes?

ricardo May 8, 2007 at 1:04 am

hey, I was able to score in a local soccer game after 15 seconds..thats also nice!:grin:

Tyler Ingram May 7, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Omg looks like the Mrs. caught you doing something you shouldn’t have been doing ;)

And what is this about someone asking how do you use 1 mouse with 2 monitors? Doesn’t anyone else use dual monitors? It’s the only way to go!

Natron May 7, 2007 at 2:04 pm

What do you need baby wipes next to your computer for?

John Chow May 7, 2007 at 3:33 pm

They’re great for cleaning the LCDs.

Soultrance May 7, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Nick is supposed to show up at my place around 6 to take my shots for the article. I’m not big on having my picture taken so this should be interesting. I sure hope he doesn’t stick around for 3 hours, that’s awfully long for a photographer to be kicking around.

Look forward to reading the article, hope it’s good!


paul May 7, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Great picture! I was also a bit thrown off by the baby wipes ;).

Law of Attraction May 7, 2007 at 2:20 pm

great job John !! Congratulations !

Linux operating system May 7, 2007 at 2:32 pm

I really like your “office” John!

Moulinneuf May 7, 2007 at 3:04 pm

John you need a new making money Dotcom Mogul LCD’s layout.


sohbet May 7, 2007 at 3:30 pm is everywhere!!..:)..Nice pic John in the bathrobe.

sohbet May 7, 2007 at 3:31 pm


Grace May 7, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Wow. THREE hours of photography? That’s very long. :wink: I’m sure you look better than that. :wink:

dimitri May 7, 2007 at 3:47 pm

john what kind of chair is that? I’m looking for a new office chair with neck support


John Chow May 7, 2007 at 4:44 pm
Moulinneuf May 7, 2007 at 5:52 pm
John Chow May 7, 2007 at 9:14 pm

I have a massage chair. And it’s way better than the Sharper Image one. Cost a ton more too. :roll:

Moulinneuf May 7, 2007 at 9:49 pm

Ever tried it as computer chair ?

I don’t have the buying power that you do
so I must limit my simple dreams to what I can eventually reach/afford :wink:

They have been going down in price a wee bit lately since newer model came out.

Witch one do you have ?

John Chow May 8, 2007 at 8:32 am
Moulinneuf May 8, 2007 at 4:13 pm

Really nice chair , thanks for the info , I did not knew those existed ( brand , design , feature ) , I like the *air arm massage* , I think I have found my new dream computer chair :wink:


Fashion06 May 7, 2007 at 4:25 pm

Nice chair john!!!

SEO Forums May 7, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Is that like a super huge mousemat? :roll:

John Chow May 7, 2007 at 4:36 pm

Yep. 17.7″ x 15.7″ I like lots of mousing space!

Louiss May 7, 2007 at 5:22 pm

Wow…great to see your big smile man! Remember to post the magazine to let us see.(malaysia dont have BC Business magazine)

Nario May 7, 2007 at 5:34 pm


Please more photos of your home office!!!!


Voluntary Death May 7, 2007 at 9:34 pm

wait for the issue of BC mag and you’ll surely see a lot.

Bob May 7, 2007 at 5:59 pm

Hey John, Why do you have 2 LCD screens? Does both share the same cpu? How do you utilize them?

Aaron Cook May 7, 2007 at 9:05 pm

Yes, computers can operate with multiple monitors. With my computer’s Windows XP operating system, it only took a few keystrokes and mouse movements to set things up.

And according to the studies that have been done on it, adding an extra monitor can increase your productivity by 20 to 30 percent. BTW, nice setup John. :wink:

Matthew May 8, 2007 at 7:44 am

I use 2 screens in my home office. Productivity is far better with this setup then just a single screen, especially when trying to move data between a spreadsheet and email for example. You can copy from 1 screen to the second with out having to minimise and maximise the 2 windows.

Ed Lau May 7, 2007 at 6:13 pm

LOL! You look like such a doofus.

Wolf Stone May 7, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Will be waiting for the June/July BC Business magazine, especially for those awesome pics!!!

Law of Attraction May 7, 2007 at 6:59 pm

hah i have to agree with ed look like a doofus :D :grin: :lol:

Cheap Custom Content May 7, 2007 at 7:18 pm

Wet ones and a stuffed animal — great decor you got there, John! I swear, your pictures just get better and better each time. You should tell the guys at BC Business to use this rather candid picture instead.

Best CD Rates May 7, 2007 at 7:32 pm

i like your dual monitor setup… hope to get my own soon.


Armen May 7, 2007 at 8:14 pm

lol…interesting JC, very interesting.

A nice, clean setup you have there too.

azito May 7, 2007 at 8:27 pm

That’s how I look also, working at home :)

Voluntary Death May 7, 2007 at 9:32 pm

the first thing I noticed is your funny smile John. haha. and you are a gadget freak. can’t blame you anyway since you’re now earning 11k$ in a month… or even more.

Gary Lee May 7, 2007 at 10:06 pm

Am I the only one that spotted the Mac Mini . . the APPLE Mac Mini on the left side of the table? JOHN CHOW USES A MAC! that’s my next blog post! hahahaha . . . keep livin it up john!

ricardo May 8, 2007 at 1:02 am

so would I like to but well. not everybody’s making 10’000+ with their blogs :)

John Chow May 8, 2007 at 8:34 am

That’s not a Mac Mini. That’s a ADS Tech hard drive enclosure. It just looks like a Mac Mini.

Gerard McGarry May 8, 2007 at 12:06 am

Actually John, I prefer to blog naked. Jammies are old-school! Suppose that wouldn’t look to hot in the local business paper though….

uncle sha May 8, 2007 at 3:09 am

I’ve blogged in my towel plenty of times, haha! :mrgreen:

gotta get myself a robe, put this as number 8 tips to be a successful blogger john! haha

rozzy May 8, 2007 at 5:31 am

hello, you got teeth like a horse

Gary Lee May 9, 2007 at 5:45 am

and you look like a shadow of an ugly person . . . hahahaha

Kevan May 8, 2007 at 8:17 am

I don’t understand, John. I’ve been doing EVERYTHING you’ve said in your posts, and I’ve followed all your advice, and I even got a massage chair and set up two LCD monitors, purchased a wireless keyboard and mouse, set up my desk with speakers and a remote control, put a rubik’s cube and a Blackberry and a can of diet Coke and a container of WetOnes at my workstation, found a toy dog to put on top of my tower, positioned a small globe between my monitors, placed miscellaneous high-tech devices all around my desk, bought a condo with beige walls and set up my office facing the window, dressed in a white bathrobe and bought, paid for expensive surgery to turn myself Chinese, AND I’M STILL NOT JOHN CHOW. What is with this? I thought if I copied every single thing you did I’d have discovered the amazing secrets to becoming rich and famous and successful and wildly popular just by sitting on my computer all day. Instead, I’m just another piss-poor, unoriginal wannabe blogger faking his way through the web with carpal tunnel syndrome and too many ads on his site.

SeanS May 8, 2007 at 9:01 am

Haha! you funny guy! :twisted:
nice moniters tho..
what sizes are they? :shock:

daily comedian May 8, 2007 at 12:10 pm

Please don’t open your kimono, except for money making tips.


Cheap Custom Content May 8, 2007 at 10:14 pm

I’ve worked in front of the PC in much less clothing LOL I guess all that creativity and ingenuity come from very good ventilation, eh. :lol:

BrilliancesDotCom May 9, 2007 at 5:49 am

fark.. where am i going to get myself a copy of this mag? I’ll have to wait til John makes it to Time

TeamTutorials May 9, 2007 at 12:47 pm

great workspace

Pablo Rosales May 9, 2007 at 5:03 pm

I like your blogging room… blogging space… blogging workspace, blogging zone… how you call that? workstation. Very nice

Cheap Custom Content May 10, 2007 at 2:13 am

Yeah, for a dot com mogul, your workspace still looks double mod — modern yet modest. The more I see this picture, the more I’m starting to like that chair; what kind is it and where did you get it? Maybe you could throw in some furniture along with the video card package you’re giving away, John LOL I know, I’m pushing it.

Ask Aunt B May 10, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Lovin’ the blog and it’s extremely resourceful. Congrats, by the way!

The Thinking Blog May 11, 2007 at 4:45 am

What’s your keyboard?

I’m looking for a black, useful and comfortable USB keyboard.

Chicago 2016 May 24, 2007 at 8:46 pm

Man, you keep your desk quite neat.

Chicago 2016 May 24, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Even Al Gore keeps a messy desk in his office. As long as he doesn’t ruin the rest of the world, I guess.