What a great time I had last night. First of all, hats off to Lynn of TurtleHead who did such a fantastic job organizing this great event here in Ottawa, where 24 local bloggers read their work out loud. Irene’s pub was packed with people there to read and listen, and the crowd was warm and kind and so enthusiastic for all of the readers. I just loved it. I arrived early with The Mindful Merchant and JoeGirl, who were great company for the evening.
Last night was just the night that I needed. I have been feeling like I have been in a bit of a writing slump lately, and I have been wondering from where I can draw the motivation to write, and whether I really have anything to say that is worth saying (cue bloggy love). I was excited to come to this event, hoping it would bring back some blogging mojo for me. So far it’s working – I couldn’t wait to get started on this post.
I’ll note now that listening to this talented group of people was highly inspiring, and yet so very humbling. I encourage you to read every single one of these blog posts if you did not have the pleasure of hearing them read aloud. Bloggers are not only exceptionally nice and friendly people, but they are unbelievably talented too. Listening to their work made me want to work harder at this. I want to better my writing skills that have been stagnant through years of going to school and working in a scientific environment. This blog is the first non-scientific writing that I have done since high school, and starting this blog was the first step in exercising my writing muscles once again. Now I think I would like to take a next step, which I think should be taking a course of some kind. I’m looking for ideas or recommendations, and would also love to hear about any negative experiences with courses you might have taken. I would hate to end up in a writing class similar to Brightest Blue’s art class. Goodness that was a good post.
I do have to give myself a stern talking to however, because I didn’t sign up to read last night. When this year’s BOLO was first announced, I gave it a lot of thought, but decided that no, I am a new blogger and I tend to be an observer in life. I will just listen this year, and I will leave reading to next year. Too late, I decided that I really would like to be a part of this night. When I contacted Lynn, sadly for me, all of the spots were full. I was truly disappointed, and not at all relieved that I wouldn’t have to get up there in front of all of those people. If I had read, I think I would have read this.
Next year, I will sign up to read early, as long as I can get out of this slump and write something worthwhile this year.
Thanks to all. It was a great night.