Blog Out Loud Ottawa 2010

2010-07-08

in Geek stuff, Internet matters, Ottawa, Writing

Blog Out Loud Ottawa 2010, which I mentioned before, went very well. My thanks go out to Lynn from TurtleHead for organizing it, bringing together twenty four readers and dozens of audience members.

All the night’s readings were good, but some of my favourites were:

I had heard Evey’s entertaining Bus People on the radio a few days before.

I was the only one who presented a political post written in an editorial style – Why conservatives should love carbon taxes. Perhaps next year I will have some company. After all, blogs can be turned to serve many purposes, including advocating changes in public policy.

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EK July 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

Those were all my favourites too!

Milan July 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

Any others?

Nat July 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

Glad you enjoyed the reading. I hope we get a few more political bloggers out next year too. (A few more men reading would be cool too.) Blogs can and do make a difference.

In addition to that, I enjoyed Julie’s (forget her blog) about cycling in the sleet and snow.

alena July 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Those were very good and hilarious. I would like to share them with my class in September.

XUP July 9, 2010 at 9:31 am

Thank you and you’re so right — we have such a large, diverse and unusually organized group of bloggers in this city, we could be quite an influencial force if we put our heads together. Trashy from Trashy’s World had the same observation after attending BOLO. We could perhaps begin by organizing specific theme days like the international blogging community does occasionally and encourage everyone in our Ottawa blogging community to do a post on a certain topic on a certain day. With enough advance promotion it should garner some attention??

DaniGirl July 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Milan, I really enjoyed your reading as well. As was said above, it’s a credit to all of us that an evening like BOLO can have such diverse participants and viewpoints and come across as synergic instead of discordant.

. January 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

A 12-Year-Old Explains the Information Age’s Facts of Life to Her Mother
BY Julia Young AND Zachary Smilovitz

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Mom, it’s gonna be a long ride to Grandma’s, and while we have some time alone together, I think it’d be good for us to talk about some things. I’m getting older, and I’m not always gonna be around the house to explain stuff to you. I know you have a lot of questions, and I want us to be open with each other. So, I think it’s time you learned where blogs and tweets come from.

I don’t know what kind of stories you’ve heard from your friends or the ladies in your book club. Sometimes, old people will spread around what they’ve heard from other old people. This can make things even more confusing and scary. That’s why it’s important you get the straight facts from me.

The Internet is a very beautiful thing if used properly.

When a person loves a funny video very much, he or she may want to share it with someone special to them. This is called linking and if done properly, it can bring people together in a very special union of love: usually the love of sneezing animals, or bed intruders, or Bill O’Reilly having a temper tantrum. But it’s important to be sparing when you send your links. You don’t want to become the neighborhood outbox, constantly forwarding yourself around. Nobody wants that kind of reputation. Trust me, you do not want to be known as a “spammer.”

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