I’m officially calling this reading-fake-Blogher thing a go!
BlogHere? BlogOtt? Blogawa? OttaBlog? Hm.
Anyway, I’ve taken the next step and started calling around for possible venues. I do not intend for this to be a ticket-selling event (if we all had extra money to spend, we’d be at BlogHer!). So, I don’t plan to book a meeting hall or conference room or any other place that would require rental money and a caterer.
I think I’m looking for a bar/pub/restaurant, with a private back meeting room or upper floor. Ideally they will have a microphone/dias we can use.
I was thinking that a downtown location would be best, as it would be central, and would hopefully capture some local Ottawa flavour, so that when this event GOES GLOBAL, we can tie it in with a tour of the parliament buildings. And maybe a visit from the Prime Minister!
Unfortunately, I am discovering that most of the downtown pubs/bars require a hefty deposit on a Thursday evening booking, as it is an otherwise busy time for them and they need to be guaranteed their revenue. If we get say, 50 people, who are all going to be buying drinks and appetizers, then okay. Otherwise, I’m going to be out a couple of thousand dollars.
I really have no idea what to expect in terms of turnout so I’m thinking of moving the date to a Tuesday or Wednesday night, when no (or a much smaller) deposit would be required. It’s either that, or I’ll see you all out here in Kanata, a.k.a. party central!
In other news, I’m going to limit readings to 5 minutes (and hopefully I will be firm about that, but in reality I am a huge pushover, so I will probably just try to convince XUP to kick some asses instead). If we keep to the time limits I think we should be able to get in at least 20 readings, probably at least 25, maybe even 30 if we all have a good strong expresso in the first hour.
I will try not to make EVERY post from now until July about this. In the meantime, give me a shout if you know of any good places I should call.