Thursday, January 19, 2006

What You Missed at the Webloggers Meetup on Wednesday

Last night, the Cleveland Webloggers met once again at the Town Fryer on St. Clair Avenue. There are some good events coming up and I learned a few things too.

First, if you are an attention freak and you want people to read what you have to say, just mention Tim Russo's name (we will see what happens).

Next, if you are looking for more attention, then comment about something from The Washington Post, like this article, which brings up the ongoing problem of people believing their cell phone numbers will soon be made available to telemarketers. In case you are one of those people, it is illegal for telemarketers to make unsolicited calls to a cell phone. Somebody at school was just expressing his concern to me over this afternoon. (If you are still worried, go here.)

The big question of the night was when, if ever, Lori was going to post again. Apparently, she has been busy making college student's financial situation worse buy single-handedly raising the cost of textbooks around the world.

Among the 20 or so people there, was Stu Kollar whose new blog, Writeup, may be one of the only admittedly ‘fictional’ blogs around.
From his description:

“Writeup contains some of my fiction, a little of which has been published but most of which has not. It gives me an easy way to offer a look at stuff I've written over the years, including a few short stories and opening chapters of longer pieces. Anyone interested in seeing more can get it by posting an e-mail request.”
Check it out.

Will Kessel asked how many blogs in the sphere are fictional and somebody from the back yelled “All of them!” I think it was Jeff Hess.

Get The Book!

Politry 2005

Since my mother doesn’t have a computer, I compiled Politry for 2005 in a chapbook: 2005, a Bad Year Made Verse, – 317 “poems,” mostly about stuff Bush bungled – a chronicle of a crummy year or a great gag gift for a conservative friend. 132 pages, saddle stitched, $9.50, including postage.

Also present were Roger Bundy from Cleveland Equanimous Philosopher, Jack, Gloria and Ken Duncan who was a little taken aback at the prospect of peddling his book, Politry for 2005: A Bad Year Made Verse. You can pick yours up by sending an email to

Reader, (as opposed to writer) Mary Ellen from the Cleveland Public Library was there and wanted to let everyone know about the possibility of holding a Cleveland Webloggers event in the Eastman Garden during iNGENUiTY this summer – strictly for fertilization purposes, of course.

Wrapping up the attendance were Danielle, George, Peter, Molly, Mary Beth and Pho, who promises to have a joint Akron/Cleveland Webloggers Meetup soon. There were others present, but I either did not actually talk with them, I could not write fast enough or they left before we finally got around to the traditional introductions.

As for the actual meeting portion, Danielle talked about the upcoming Meet the Bloggers Fundraiser at the Pearl of the Orient restaurant next Thursday. You can read more about this here… or at Plugged In Cleveland. If you are not sure whether or not you want to go this event, word has it George will have on his kilt… something about not having a female to assist him like the other celebrity bartenders. The discussion then went into how to expand the Meet the Bloggers concept to individuals who touch the lives of ordinary people.

Overall, it was a very good meeting; however, that is subjective since this was the first time I came to a meeting from the beginning instead of showing up at the end. If I missed some of the details, tough. At least I stayed sober enough to take some notes


Daniella said...


You did agreat job of capturing the mood of the meeting. I'm smiling at the visual of G in a kilt. Thank you

See you Thursday or Sunday


Lori said...

Excellent wrap-up, Scott. I'm working on that update...

Ed said...

For those of us who missed the meeting, your post helps keep us connected. Thanks for the effort!

Scott said...

Thank you everybody.
It was not as hard as I thought it could have been.