Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blog Out Loud

Yesterday, I talked about Twitter and the things that I like about using the service (I use the term service in the same sense that I think of my phone as a service, in that it's a tool for communication. Only Twitter is free). Twitter is one of the ways that I keep in touch with my community.

Another way that I keep in touch with my community and members in it is through the blogosphere. I follow bloggers from all over the place, but more and more I'm starting to follow the bloggers in my city. Some of the local bloggers that I follow—regularly or occasionally—include the following:

I also take peeks at the blogs of some of my local peeps: notably, the blogs of @bnjmnwood, @hellokaitlin, @MissCharleston, @ALL_CAPS, @sherrilynne, and so many more.

So it's no surprise that when I heard about Blog Out Loud, I wanted to go.

What is Blog Out Loud? Well, as the event's organizer, Lynn "Turtlehead" puts it, it's an opportunity for Ottawa bloggers to get together and share their favourite blog posts of the past year. Photo bloggers share their best pictures. There will be more than 20 bloggers reading their posts over the course of the evening. Lynn says that Blog Out Loud is like the BlogHer conferences, but on a much smaller scale. And Blog Out Loud isn't aimed just at women (although the lineup for this year might indicate a heavy bias).

The event, which will be held next Thursday, July 7, at The Prescott (379 Preston Street at Beech), runs from 7–10 p.m. and is free (a $2 donation is appreciated).

I will be participating at the event. Though I was hoping to read one of my blog posts, I have been given the honour of hosting the event. All my years at Toastmasters have prepared me for the position of MC, and I'm really looking forward to greeting the bloggers and introducing them to the audience.

So if you're interested in getting to know your local bloggers and want to be entertained with some great blog presentations, mark the date on your calendar and we'll see you there.

I predict that the next day, there will be more followers for these bloggers. I also predict lots of posts about the event.


  1. Hey Ross
    I'm planning on attending. I've always wanted to go. See you there.

  2. I'm looking forward to meeting you there! As you said, one of the best things is finding all sorts of local bloggers you'll wish you'd been reading for years. I've been to all of the BOLOs so far, and wouldn't dream of missing one. Each year is better than the last! :)

  3. Vicki: Glad to hear that you're going. Maybe next year, you'll present!

    Dani: I look forward to meeting you and hearing you present.

  4. Thanks for the mention, Ross. Sadly, I'll be out of town during this event but have contributed some Ottawa Girl photos for the slide show.

  5. Lydia: We'll miss you at the event. I can't wait to see the photos you've submitted.

  6. Have fun at the event, and thanks for the shout out. It seems like a fun time, but I'm basically going to be living at Bluesfest for the next two weeks, haha.

  7. Thanks for the shout-out! How surprising and unexpected, which is perhaps how life should be!