Blog Out Loud Ottawa rocks the house in 2010

by DaniGirl on July 8, 2010 · 11 comments

in How I love the Interwebs, Life in Ottawa

Last night was the second annual edition of Ottawa’s premiere (and only!) showcase for local blogger talent, Blog Out Loud Ottawa. This year’s BOLO was a smash hit — you only need to skim the twitter feed to see how energized and excited and plain old happy everybody seems to be after last night’s event. I had an amazing time chatting with Angela and Amy and Justin and Rebecca and Lara and meeting Tania and Glenn and Allison and so many others.

I love events like these, because they demonstrate that we have some hilarious, thoughtful and highly creative writers and readers here in Ottawa. From Nat’s f-bomb filled rant about the wasps in her basement and her resulting multiple personality disorder to Spydergrrl’s manifesto on embracing her geekiness to Stay at Home Maven’s recounting of her trauma in the cookie aisle… we were rolling on the floor all night long.

There were more serious and introspective posts, too, like Lynn’s sweet tribute to her growing daughter (oh, I hear ya!) and Don and Jenn of FoodiePrint’s post about Food and Generosity and Amy’s beautiful story of the night she and her son didn’t see any meteors.

And events like BOLO are all about discovering the voices that you haven’t heard before but wish you had known about earlier, like Nadine from Adorkable Thespian. I loved her reading of her post “Why do you want to act” because she touched on themes fundamental to why I blog. Although she’s speaking about acting, she perfectly describes how I often feel about blogging and living the life I do on the Internet:

Acting was a lovely escape for an extroverted, exhibitionist who wanted to hide, but thrived on being seen. I never felt so sane as when I was on stage, safely tucked inside another person who wasn’t me.

“Why do you want to act?”?

“Because I’m an emotionally troubled attention whore.”

And her blog tagline is “If awkward isn’t the new charming, I’m screwed.” Love it!

If you missed it last night, or if you were there and just want a recap of all the really excellent stories that were shared, Lynn has links to everyone’s posts up on the BOLO blog. And speaking of Lynn — props to you for organizing an amazing night out. Everything ran seamlessly, and you did a fabulous job. Thank you!

BOLO 2010 - view from the stage

I struggled for quite a while to choose a post to read myself. I think one of my best-written posts of the last year was the saga of the day I totaled the van, but the story as a whole is a bit of a downer, so I went with something a little, um, different.

So not only did I stand up in front of a room of mostly strangers and read the post I wrote last year about my trip to Bra Chic and my fancy-ass new cherry red bra (oh yes I did), but for my big finish I lifted my t-shirt and showed them my still-much-loved cherry red beauty. Because once you’ve announced your band and cup size to the crowd, really, what shame is left?

Thanks again to Lynn and to everyone who participated last night, and especially to those who took the time to come over and say hi. Can we do it all over again soon?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nat July 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm

So good to see you again Dani. Glad we share the same angst about showing off our photos.

Like I said, I don’t think I saw that bra … thanks for showing us all that. Loved it!

2 Lara July 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

It was really great to meet you – I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time!

I love that you posted that photo. 🙂 You did a great job, as did everyone who read. It was an amazing night!

3 Finola July 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm

That was so awesome Dani! And I would just like to admire not only your bra, but your abs too! They look amazing 🙂

4 Vicky July 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I’m sorry we didn’t officially get to meet! You were amazing, and I love reading your blog. I hope one day to have half the confidence you have to bare it all in front of a room full of strangers! Oh, and you’ve also inspired me to go out and buy myself a new bra for god’s sakes. I stopped nursing 2 months ago, I think it’s time for my nipples to find new heights 😉

5 angela July 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm




you are the best:)
so hard to pick what made me laugh the most last night…maven’s comment about the pod mother not eating her feelings like the rest of us kinda killed me!!

so many good stories out here:)

6 Nathalie St-Pierre Roths July 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Looks like it was a fun evening. I am going to attend a blog evening like yours in August and am really looking forward to it.

7 smothermother July 9, 2010 at 9:13 am

the flashing was definately a highlight of the evening. i remembered reading that post and laughing hysterically in my office. to hear it live was even better. great choice! and awesome boobs! i need a pretty fully supportive bra for these bags that i carry around.

8 Pam July 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

Loved it! What a great night and it was a pleasure to hear you BLO (a lovely shade of red, I must say!). I look forward to reading more of your stuff!

9 Amy @ Muddy Boots July 9, 2010 at 10:13 am



Your reading was hilarious! It was fun to hang out and chat. A great evening.

10 The Maven July 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I’m SO glad someone got a picture. Hah! I knew right after you flashed the crowd that I had to introduce myself. And not just because you have a great rack! LOL BOLO was wonderful. Looking forward to next year 🙂

11 Pauline July 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

Your bra and the story of it was quite the hit and kudos to Angela for being quick with her camera!:)

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