Who wants to Blog! Out! Loud!

I finally, finally, booked a place for Blog Out Loud! It’s Irene’s Pub, located at 885 Bank Street (just north of Landsdowne Park, on the East side of Bank).

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 7, 2010. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. You’ll be able to get a nice dinner at Irene’s, if you like, or just grab a drink, kick back, and listen to some awesome bloggers read their stuff out loud.

As with last year, photo bloggers are also invited to display their lovely creations.

Now, who wants to read?

I have no idea what to expect in terms of readers this year. Last year I had to cajole a few people into it just so I felt like I had a good cross section of writers. This year it could be the same, or perhaps, word has spread like wildfire that BOLO KICKS ASS, and there will be dozens and dozens of readers coming out. Oh, stop that snickering. It COULD HAPPEN.

So I just wanted to give a few guidelines up front so everyone knows where my head is at and what is going on. First of all, we can definitely accommodate at least 18 readers, so if we get 18 or fewer people interested in reading, then HUZZAH, my work is done.

If many more people than that come out, though, we’ll have to see. I would really, really love it if everyone who was interested in reading could read. However, there’s no way we can have, say, 50 readers and still keep it to one evening.

It’s probably not a real concern at all. But just in case, I’m going to set out some suggestions for potential readers:

  • you should read something you wrote and posted on your blog.
  • it should ideally be something from the past year (June 2009 to June 2010), since I started this thing so bloggers could reflect what kinds of writing readers might find on their blogs today.
  • you should be able to read it out loud in about three minutes (but this is quite flexible, I’ll let you know if I think it’s really too long)
  • I’d love to get your link/submission by Wednesday, June 23. If you’d like to read but still aren’t sure what, at least let put your name out there so I know you’re circling the fences.

If worst comes to worst and we can’t accommodate all interested readers…well, I’m hoping it won’t come to that, so I’ll figure that out when the time comes.

In the meantime, if you’re up for it, let me know! You can email me your link at lynnturtlehead@gmail.com, or leave a comment here, or leave a comment over on the BOLO blog, where this entry is cross-posted.

17 thoughts on “Who wants to Blog! Out! Loud!

  1. should i get the ball rolling and say i’ll read? but if you get over your 18 number mark, i will gladly step aside for some of the real writers out there!

    yeah BOLO!

  2. Aw darn…I don’t think I can manage to come up for a Wednesday night. Looks like I’ll have to wait a bit longer to meet all you wonderful Ottawa folks in person. Maybe someday…

    You guys just have to promise to tell me all I missed after the big night!

    1. I know, I would so love for you to come. Unfortunately I couldn’t book a place for a Thursday or Friday night without having to take out a second mortgage on the house.

      But I’m totally counting on you for trivia night in November. Go team!

  3. Hey there,
    As a newbie, I’m really interested in coming to BOLO. And (breathe in) I’m raising my hand to read (breathe out).

    Looking forward to meeting you Lynn!


  4. Yay Lynn! This is so awesome!

    I am totally coming and I would love to read, but since I got a chance last year I will step aside unless you really need me, at which time I will happily race to the front of the line.


  5. I do I do! Want to drink and listen, that is. No way in hell I’m reading out loud. I’ll just continue to blog in neurotic silence for now, shall I? I will listen out loud though. Well no, I’ll listen in respectful silence, actually. Maybe I’ll just stay home.

  6. I’ll read if there’s room. If you get too many people who want to read you could give the new people first priority and then those of us who read last year can have a rest!

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