I said that. (An Ohio Blogging Association / ToldCLE Meetup)

“I said that.” It’s a phrase that we all say from time to time. As as Dave, the creator of ToldCLE, noted at the beginning of the Ohio Blogging Association / ToldCLE Meetup at Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar last Wednesday night, the emphasis can change… I said that. I said that. I said that.

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The emphasis happens on the last word of that phrase for me more than I’d like to admit as I teach yoga. Attempts at being “inspirational” come out kinda clunky. I repeat myself — a lot. I even make up verbs based on pose names — dolphin-ing, down dog-ing (which I realized quickly upon first saying is probably highly inappropriate). So that evening — with the help of BuzzFeed’s 20 Ludicrous Things Said By Yoga Teachers – I had some enjoyment poking fun at myself that night, even admitting I’ve said at least one of those things. Since giving instruction verbally is such a large part of teaching, it was a fun way to tackle the theme of the evening.

However, I much more enjoyed hearing my fellow bloggers’ tales of what they said: Jen admitting to an accidental moment at a mom-and-baby function. Jill giving us the behind-the-scenes glimpse as life as a movie extra. Kristian sharing that words don’t always translate from English to Italian as you expect them too. Stuart & David telling their stories. Even my mom getting in on the fun and sharing the tale of what our family dog “said” after eating a whole nut roll. And all of us enjoying one another opening up even more than what we’ve read on each others blogs over the years.

This OBA meetup was one of my favorites. As bloggers, we tend to be oversharers, so it’s easy to feel you already know someone from their online persona. But that’s one of the reason why I started planning these meet ups back in 2011: I wanted to know more about all you lovely Northeastern Ohioans that wrote all those fantastic blogs. Even in the  many gatherings we’ve had over the years, I still heard stories and learned things last Wednesday I never knew. Better yet, hearing the inflection and  emotion verbally from the bloggers’ storytellings took the experience to a brand new level. Crazy idea of the day: Maybe we should start a OBA vlogging series next!

LONG STORY SHORT: Great company, stories and food combined to prove for another wonderful Ohio Blogging Association meetup. A special shout out goes out to Jen at WhyCLE for taking the lead on planning this gathering. I’m finally learning how to delegate as I grow older and somewhat wiser, ha!

On behalf of all the OBA members, many thanks again to Dave & ToldCLE. The next public Told event takes place on Thursday, June 18 at Market Garden Brewery. Keep up-to-date by following @toldCLE on Twitter and visiting toldstories.com.

Our next Ohio Blogging Association meetup will take place this Sunday, April 26 at XHIBITION. Come see this Ohio City establishment, see some fashions and enjoy a Jack Flaps brunch. Click here to RSVP, please.

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An Interview with Sarah Wolfe from Kinky Boots (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I serve as Playhouse Square‘s Community Engagement and Education’s blogger department this year, I take you behind the scenes of each KeyBank Broadway Series show and interview a member of the show’s cast, crew or creative team. The fifth show in the 2014-2015 series is Kinky Boots

Visit the Playhouse Square’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Sarah Wolfe, the tour’s Makeup Supervisor/Hair Stylist.

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Kinky Boots is in Cleveland April 7 – 19 at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the Playhouse Square website.

Also, check out Sarah’s own website at makeupandmayhem.com where she shares her life, travels and designs.

All my gratitude again to the Playhouse Square team for this fantastic opportunity to serve as a Playhouse Square blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up: Cinderella…

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TODAY — How to Find Your Blog’s Focus & Avoid Blogger Burn Out Webinar with PR Newswire

As a former theatre major, it’s no wonder I’ve taken on “know your audience” as a mantra in many aspects of my life. So when my friends at PR Newswire asked me to partake in an upcoming webinar around the topic of Why Audience Is Key To Your Blogging Success, I was all in to discuss how it applies to blogging… even though I still can’t believe I’ve been running this site for as long as I have. (Amazing to think that this blog is now four and a half years old!)

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During TODAY’s “Going the Distance: How to Find Your Blog’s Focus and Avoid Blogger Burn Out” webinar, our moderator/fearless leader @ADHicken, guest presenter @MoninaW and I will cover:

  • Tips and tools that can help you structure your blogging around your audience
  • How to consistently create fresh content and avoid running out of ideas
  • The importance of providing clear and helpful calls to action

Register for the webinar here. It’s happening TODAY at 1PM EST!

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