Come and Hear…XUP!

Last year’s Blog Out Loud started a major debate among bloggers: how exactly do you pronounce XUP? XUP herself was mum on the subject, so we’re left to duke it out. Personally, I say “ZUP,” and it’s my event, so I win. Yay!

XUP – the Ex-Urban Pedestrian – has been at the centre of the Ottawa blogging community since she moved here a few years ago. She’s managed to pull a ragtag bunch of chit-chats into a cohesive group who meet for brunch, talk about informative and fun subjects, and support each other online and in person. I often hear from bloggers in other cities that Ottawa has such an amazing blogger community, and I think it’s safe to say that XUP has been the major force behind that. Everyone knows XUP, even if we can’t agree on how to say it.

Her blog manages to pull thoughtful, intelligent, and funny people from all over to talk about all kinds of different topics. You’ll find a new post almost every day of the week, and it might be about anything from the glory of olives to the horror of OC Transpo to the dicey social situations facing her teenaged daughter. You might learn about the history of Ronald McDonald or be invited to discuss fidelity and what it means to a marriage. There’s laughter, tears, and a little deep thinking over at XUP’s place – sometimes all in the same post.

Last year’s BOLO revealed that in addition to her writing talent, XUP is also a hypnotic reader. You don’t want to miss another of her live appearances, so be sure to catch her reading out loud again this year!

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1 Response to “Come and Hear…XUP!”


  1. 1 XUP June 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Good Grief! Now I’m afraid to attend.


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BLOG OUT LOUD 2011
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!
CONTACT: lynnturtlehead@gmail.com

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