Blog Out Loud Detox

One last big thank you to everyone who came out to Blog Out Loud. I had the priviledge of reading everyone’s post ahead of time, so I knew exactly what to expect…and yet, every entry was so much more moving, so much more hilarious, so much more deeply felt when it came from your own voices. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

For those of you who have been asking, yes, I do intend to do this again next year. I specifically held the event on the same weekend as BlogHer, so I wouldn’t feel so bad about missing the biggest blogger conference in North America (sigh). I must say, it worked too — now I actually feel sorry for those bloggers in Chicago who missed out on Blog Out Loud! Next year, however, I think I’ll have it on a different weekend, so there’s no conflict.

In the meantime, I’m looking for any and all feedback on what you loved about the event, and what you’d like to see done differently. Here are some specific questions I have for the crowd:

Did you like the venue? Was it too big or too small? Would you have preferred a restaurant setting where a meal was served?

Did you like the day and time? Would you have preferred a weeekend?

How was the balance between mingling and reading? Too many readers, too few, or just right?

One idea being tossed around for next year is to get a guest speaker — a prominent Ontario blogger to come and talk about the blogging experience. Would you be interested? What if it were on a separate evening — the night before or the night after the readings? What if it cost a few dollars?

If there’s anything else you can think of, don’t hesitate to let me know. You can leave me a comment here, at Turtlehead, or email me at

Thanks, and see you next year!


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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!

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