by Lynn The Ottawa blogging scene is great. There are so many local bloggers who are smart, funny, and wise. There's an endless array of great people out there, and great reading.
Best of all, everyone online here is so supportive -- we read each other, we comment on each others' blogs, we help each other through the rough times and laugh with each other in the good times. It's easy to feel as though some of your best friends are bloggers -- even if you haven't had the chance to meet them in person.
Blog Out Loud is a chance to finally put a voice to the words you've been reading online. It's a get-together for Ottawa-area bloggers, a social evening for us all to hang out, exchange URLs, and buy each other a drink. Don't be shy! We're all new here.
And there's more! Around 20 local bloggers will be reading out loud. Oh yes! They'll pick their favourite post from the past year and bravely take a turn reading at the mike. You'll hear all sorts of different stories, from the likes of Dani at Postcards from the Mothership to Rebecca of A Little Bit Of Momsense to Kids In The Capital's very own Brie. Entertainment and fun for all!
And on top of all that, several local photo bloggers will be showcasing their stuff at Blog Out Loud, too. Come and see some beautiful works of art -- and maybe show some of your own stuff, too. We still have room for more photo bloggers, and all are welcome.
Blog Out Loud (or BOLO, as it's affectionately called) is on Wednesday, July 7th, from 7 p.m. to around 10ish. It's at Irene's Pub on Bank Street, just a block or so north of Landsdowne Park. Irene's has a full menu, so you'll be able to eat there - I hear their veggie burgers are awesome. And you'll be able to share a pint or two with your favourite blogger. Hope to see you all there!
Lynn is mom to 7-year-old Captain Jelly Belly, 5.5-year-old Gal Smiley, and 2.5-year-old Little Miss Sunshine. She blogs over at Turtlehead.