I’m really ticked off that I could only stay for half of the BOLO (Blog Out Loud Ottawa) last night; but it was the middle of the week and I have to get up mighty early in the morning for my important government job.
It was a mad, mad, mad event – even madder than last year. Irene’s back room was packed to the rafters with mad, mad, mad Ottawa bloggers. Some of us social-convening type Ottawa bloggers have spent a couple of years compiling a mailing list of local bloggers so that when there’s something interesting going on – like our bi-monthly brunches or the BOLO – we can let everyone know. Our list is about 100 strong and still, whenever there’s an event, new bloggers we’ve never heard of before appear.
It’s astonishing how many bloggers there are in Ottawa and even more astonishing how many of them are willing to “out” themselves. We think of blogging as something of a private activity. We think of bloggers as reclusive, anonymous types who sit in darkened rooms and use the internet to express themselves and connect with others.
But we’d be wrong.
The crowd at Irene’s last night was as social as magpies and twice as loud. There was eating and drinking and mingling and more drinking and more mingling. And if you still don’t believe bloggers are social creatures – exhibitionists, even — you should have seen the line-up of bloggers willing to read in front of this raucous room of virtual strangers and the lovely photos the photo-bloggers exhibited.
And what was even more heart-warming was the support, encouragement, respect and appreciation the bloggers all showed to each others’ work. It was so great to see everybody and to meet so many bloggers I’d never met before. I particularly enjoyed finally meeting Julie from Coffee With Julie, however briefly – and not just because she brought me a gift. And it was good to meet Sean, who came all the way from Korea.
There was such a huge range of blogs represented. It’s mind-boggling. And so many people! I suspect Lynn (BOLO Queen and master-organizer and, holy shit how does she pull this together every year, anyway??) will be looking for an even bigger venue next year. (And one whose air-conditioning can handle a steamy throng of excited, hot and sweaty bloggers). And she may even expand the time slot since, thanks to people like me, who rambled on and on and on, we were way behind before we even got half-way through the evening.
Anyway, I’m sure lots of other local bloggers will be featuring posts over the next couple of days about BOLO, along with photos, reviews, comments, etc. etc. Browse around and enjoy. And please visit Lynn on the BOLO website and tell her what a fabulous job she did.
 “Mad” in the sense that it was crazy, raucous, surprising and fun