Shane Birley

Exploring the Potential of Technology, Both Online and Offline

My name is Shane Birley and I am a creative guy with a technical background and a literature degree. I know, weird, huh? But I think this is what gives me an interesting perspective into technology and how we interface with it.

I am best described as a technologist or a nerd. I also authored a bunch of books.

In January 2006, I helped found Left Right Minds a web development and content management company in Vancouver, British Columbia. We specialize in helping companies and non-profit organizations get noticed on the web.

Previously, I worked for many years as a system administrator and computer technician at a variety of companies.

How To Be A Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons | Shane Birley

My latest book was published in May 2016 by some amazing people at The Quarto Group. I was thrilled when they asked me to write a book for kids. It took quite a bit of effort because writing for a younger audience requires


"...practical-minded introduction to blogging and vlogging... a positive, can-do message."

~ Publishers Weekly

The lessons are taught in the best kind of way: the way that will get kids to listen. A handy and helpful guide for any aspiring web user."

~ Kirkus Reviews

"...will take students from idea to execution and completion."

~ School Library Journal

I hope you all get a bazillion copies because they are going to sell out fast. Did I mention it is fully illustrated? Well, it is. So... there's that. It might even have a few words scattered about.

I worked on three editions of Blogging For Dummies with a good friend of mine, Susannah Gardner. It was quite the journey putting these books together because each time we did one the technology had changed so fast!


"This book provided me with the essentials of getting started with a professional blog but it goes beyond that. I am able to go back to it over and over as I learn and gain experience. It is clearly written and very easy to follow."

~ Amazon Review

The main thing I learned while co-writing three editions of Blogging For Dummies is the technology should never be the primary focus. Since writing these books, web services have come and gone and many services have changed and updated themselves with time.

The blogosphere is a dynamic system and changes quickly. But that is what makes it exciting. The fluidity keeps writers, photographers, podcasters, and vloggers on their toes -- always forcing them to create fresh and vibrant content for their audiences.

This book takes me back. When I helped to write this one, BitTorrent was very new and very few people had heard of it. You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't heard of or used BitTorrent in some capacity these days.


"I've always been a fan of "For Dummies" books. I can't get enough of them, and learning there was one of these titles about BitTorrent made my day, since I had been very much in the dark about this technology... in general in the dark about anything remotely related to Peer-to-Peer for more than three years. So I gave the book by Susannah Gardner and Kris Krug a shot, and it was all that I expected.

After a primer on the technology, the purpose of BitTorrent in the spectrum of peer-to-peer protocols out there and tools to find, download and manage torrents, the book deals head on with the copyright implications of downloading illegal torrents, offering resources to help find legal (and fun) torrent material. "

~ Amazon Review

Full disclosure: I ghost wrote parts of this book for one of the authors.


Get in touch. If you think you may want to work with me or just chat about whatever pops into your mind, the best way to contact me is though my email address. Contacting me via one of my social media channels will have delayed responses as I check them once a week.

I've been told that I am approachable and pretty darn cool.

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