I’m going to stop posting new BOLO information here on WordPress. You can now get up to date information on the official Blog Out Loud website.

There’s already a new post up over there about how to submit a post for reading. See y’all over there!



I’ve booked it!

Blog Out Loud 2011 – Thursday, July 7, 2011 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – at The Prescott on Preston at Beech.

More details coming soon on the venue and how to apply to be a reader.

Censored Out Loud

My fellow blogger Bob LeDrew is part of an upcoming event that crosses over with the Blog Out Loud crowd. Bob’s a stand-up guy with a lot of interesting things to say about social media and communications. I almost never endorse events or products on this blog, but all Bob wants to sell you is a rocking good time, so that can’t be all bad, right?

Bob’s part of a group putting together a one-night reading of censored works – songs, books, poems, possibly even some blog posts. It’s called Censored Out Loud, and will feature several totally awesome and outrageous performers with plenty of experience at the mike. The idea is to draw attention to the issue of censorship, celebrate the idea that creation is powerful and should not be contained, and hopefully raise a little money for charity along the way.

When I think about all the nasty stuff I’ve said about Bell in the past for taking away my internet access for two hours, I can’t imagine how I’d feel if someone told me my words couldn’t be posted…ever. We take the freedom of self-publishing that comes with blogging for granted, I think, and it’s important to protect the idea that talking about stuff – even it’s controversial, even if it’s trivial, even if it’s related to poop – is how we learn and grow as a society, as a group.

The show takes place Wednesday, February 23, 2011, starting at 8:00 pm at the Raw Sugar Cafe, 692 Somerset Street West. There’s a cover charge of $10 (or whatever you can afford to pay), and proceeds are going to go to PEN Canada, an organization that fights for the right to create and read. Come on out and hear some great reading, and support a good cause.

BOLO 2011

Just a quick announcement that Blog Out Loud will be happening again this year. Yay!

I’ve bought my own URL for it. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, though. If you check in with this blog you’ll be sure to get all the latest news.

I’m currently looking for a place to have it – I loved Irene’s last year but I think we need something just a smidge bigger. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any suggestions at

Photos and Blog Readers

Some photos from BOLO last week are trickling in. You can see some great shots on Brightest Blue, Coffee with Julie, Jhscrapmom’s Flickr Stream, Milan’s Picasa album, and Dani’s famous shot from the stage. If you’ve found more, comment below!

In other news, FameThrowa found a few bloggers in the crowd who aren’t using a reader to keep track of their blogs. Trust me, moving to a reader will change your life – you’ll never miss a blog post again, and it’ll help you keep track of dozens more blogs than you read now. Think of the productivity! Anyway, check out FameThrowa’s instructions on how to set up a reader for your blogs, including those who read at Blog Out Loud 2010.

See and Be Seen

Here’s the list of everyone who signed in at Blog Out Loud on Wednesday evening – hopefully it’ll help jog your memories if you can’t quite remember who that cool blogger was who was sitting at the next table. I know quite a few people missed the sign-in book, so if you were there and would like to be added to the list, just let me know.

Allison of Bibliomama
Amanda (The Maven) of Stay-at-home-Mayhem
Amy of Keep Your Head Up
Amy of Muddy Boots
Brenda of Ottawa Mom
Brie of Capital Mom
Chantal of Two Hands Full
Christine of Coffees and Commutes
Colette of Colette2008
Dani of Postcards from the Mothership
Don of Foodie Prints
Donna of Kindred Crafters
Elizabeth of And Go
Evey of In A Jar
FameThrowa of FameThrowa’s Wayward Ruminations
Finola of Finola’s Blog
Glenn of Marketing What’s New
Gordon of Gorden Dewis
Jason (@chefjayl) of The Running Chef and Sticky Fingers Ottawa
Jenn of Foodie Prints
Jennifer of It Ain’t Meat, Babe
Jennifer of Stuck In Lodi Again
Joanne of JoeGirl
John of Trashy’s World
Julie of Coffee With Julie
Julie of Thoughts of a Smother Mother
Justin (@justinvl)
Katharine of Girl About O-Town
Kym of
Lana of Apron Strings
Lara of Gliding Through Motherhood
Laura of The Mindful Merchant
Lynn of Turtlehead
Maranda of Momicon
Marshall of Premier Blueprints for Personal Success
Megan of Megan Butcher
Milan of a sibilant intake of breath
Nadine of Adorkable Thespian
Nat of From Nat’s Brain
Neeroc of one day this blog will have a snazzy name
Pam of Easily Amused
Patti of Still Breathing
Pauline of Brightest Blue
Pearl of Humanyms
Rebecca of A Little Bit Of Momsense
Robin of Watawa Life
Sabrina of Ninja Mom
Sara of My Point Of View
Sean of Repatriate Me!
Shannon of ThreeSeven
Tanya of Spydergrrl on the Web
Tanya (@sobbee)
Treena of Bimble
Vicky of Some Kind of Wondermom
Woodsy of Coloured Marbles

Tell It To Me One More Time

Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to BOLO tonight – it was a hot evening but a very good time. I’d just like to give a special shout out to everyone who helped set up and make the evening run smoothly: Julie of Thoughts of a Smother Mother, Allison of Bibliomama, Pam of Easily Amused, Sabrina of Ninja Mom, Colette of Colette2008, and FameThrowa of FameThrowa’s Wayward Ruminations. You guys rock!

Also, many thanks to Irene’s Pub for hosting us this year – they were awesome, the venue was great, and I’m thinking we’ll be seeing them again next year.

Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting a list of people who were there, as well as some photos if I can get my hands on them.

In the meantime, here’s the list of the posts that were read if you’d like a second chance to check them out.

Chantal of Two Hands Full Home is Where My Kids Are
Pauline of Brightest Blue Frustrating New Art Class
Katharine of Girl About O-Town House and Home Hangover

Milan of a sibilant intake of breath Why Conservatives Should Love Carbon Taxes
Woodsy of Coloured Marbles Between The Lines and I Have Been… and Des Clips
XUP of XUP Owen’s Ear

Tanya of Spydergrrl on the Web Embracing My Geekiness
Elizabeth of And Go. Elizabeth re: Abusive Relationships
Nat of From Nat’s Brain Waspageddon

Julie of Coffee with Julie Character Flaws
Brie of Capital Mom Close Your Eyes and Ballroom
Christine of Coffees and Commutes Am I There Yet?

Don and Jenn of Foodie Prints Food and Generosity
Vicky of Some Kind of Wondermom Recipe for a Perfect Day
Rebecca of A Little Bit of Momsense An Ode To My Sweetie

Sabrina of Ninja Mom Survival Tactics
Dani of Postcards from the Mothership In Which My Vexatious Breasts Get a Makeover
Amy of Muddy Boots One Starry Night

Jennifer of It Ain’t Meat, Babe Black Olive and Tomato Toasts (Murray)
Evelyn of In A Jar Bus People
Julie of Thoughts of a Smother Mother Morning Commute

The Maven of Stay-at-home-Mayhem Yesterday, in the Supermarket
Nadine of Adorkable Thespian Why Do You Want To Act
Lynn of Turtlehead My Heart Will Go On

Many thanks to our readers and our photo bloggers (Amy, Dani, Nat, and Kids in the Capital). See you next year!

WHERE: The Prescott, 379 Preston Street, at Preston and Beech
WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
WHO: 20+ bloggers reading their favourite post from the past year; plus several photo bloggers displaying their art
WHO'S INVITED: Anyone who likes to hear good writing -- entry is free!