The blogroll for the evening included:
- Alicia from Poise in Parma (that’s me!)
- Amanda from Clue into Cleveland
- Amie from My Retro Kitchen
- Cleveland Chick from Happiness is a Hot Pierogi
- Dave from Health Insurance Issues with Dave and Again? Really?
- Holly from Rust Belt Runner (her recap is already up!)
- Jeff from My Future Past
- Jen from Why CLE?
- Julie from Am I There Yet
- Julie from ROJ Running
- Kasey at A Case Of…
- Kaye and Nikki from Patch.com
- Kristian from Adventures of a trapped 300 pound man and Ohio Festivals & wife Julia
- Laura from far-flung travels
- Reanna from Big Shot Dot The I
- Sarah from Cooker Girl
Many people know about The Happy Dog, but not everyone knows about their basement bar and pinball lounge called The Underdog.
With a bar, shuffleboard table and plenty of seating, it was the perfect spot for a get together like ours. As bloggers started to arrive, I encouraged them to settle in, grab a beverage and eventually place their orders for their hot dog and tater tot creations of choice:
I stuck with the creation I made this past winter upon my first visit: hot dog, no bun, fried egg, tomatoes, mushrooms and escarole.
I may have also snagged several sloppy Joe covered tater tots from a fellow blogger. Genius.
Bellies full, we gathered around the rectangular shuffleboard table for our Bloggers’ Roundtable to discuss the concept of taking your online community offline:
As I’m prepping to give my presentation at next month’s FitBloggin‘ conference, I asked the OBA members to participate in a discussion about the things they come across as they step away from their computers to meet those internet contacts in real life. Many knew that blogging would give them the outlet they needed to a community, but they never expected it to happen offline as well. While I had a few specific questions I wanted answers to, I did my best to moderate the discussion as it grew organically.
Ultimately, my favorite question of the night came from Nikki when she asked everyone to give a one sentence answer to what keeps us motivated to blog on a regular basis. Even with the wide array of answers to that question, the concept of connection was the theme. Even though the act of writing a blog is a very solitary act, you hit “publish” to have that opportunity to get feedback and get support.
This Roundtable also brought up some other important topics including blogger safety, authenticity and accountability. Sounds like we already have topics for future discussions! I’m excited to process everything I learned to include it in my conference presentation. Don’t worry: Julie will be live blogging from the presentation and I’ll be doing a recap post specifically on the topic afterwards.
A HUGE thank you to all the Ohio Blogging Association members that came out to share their thoughts and much appreciation to Sean and the great staff at The Happy Dog for accommodating us last night. If you were unable to attend and have any feedback on this blogger topic, don’t hestitate to leave it in the comments below or email me at poiseinparma (at) gmail (dot) com.
Want to join us in September? We’re headed back to the ballpark to enjoy one last baseball game before the end of the Cleveland Indians season. Join us for a happy hour gathering before (somewhere on/near East 4th – suggestions are welcome!) or meet us up at the game. Details are over at the Facebook event page with more details coming soon!