how Blog Out Loud was born >>

It's pretty amazing how a simple idea, a lot of inspiration and excitement can get the idea up and running. This is exactly how Blog Out Loud was born.

Megan Arquette and Rebecca Orlov met at a design event in Los Angeles in March 2009. After chatting how their blogs already linked, they talked about blogging and how many of the event attendees didn't really know about it and how to do it - both culturally and technically. A lunch date a few days later (with the best roasted veggies - thank you, Gjelina!), Megan and Rebecca discussed a potential new idea with the simple goal of encouraging and inspiring creative people to start blogging and named it Blog Out Loud. Reaching out to blogging friends, a panel of bloggers was formed and a location was set for the 1st event. With some amazing word-of-mouth posting from a community of lovely blog friends, the event was a success! Six events, a sweet blog, a fab twitter community and BOL tv later, Blog Out Loud is rockin! With the help of over 50 amazing and generous sponsors - like DWR, Pom Wonderful, Popchips, Elle Decor and more - our insanely fab panelists and our lovely guests (all of YOU!), we are inspired to keep going. And, hey, apparently we are a year ahead of the trend curve!

Blog Out Loud is a free networking resource for creative people to gather information and inspiration about social media to enhance their business, create a presence online and connect to community. Through offline events, blogging, video content and our Twitter community, Blog Out Loud is where you can can meet some talented and amazing soon-to-be bloggers as you build your online presence.

Megan Arquette began her career in interior and textile design in San Francisco moving on to Boston and later bringing her talent to the Los Angeles area. She has worked in production design, styling and interior design. Her work has been seen in national interior design publications. Her popular blog, beach bungalow 8, is full of style and eye-catching design, signing off each Friday with a "peace out" post to enjoy the weekend with her family.

Rebecca Orlov is a design blogger, editing her shelter blog, loving. living. small., and contributing daily to Apartment Therapy as well as other lovely sites like HGTV and Williams-Sonoma Inc's Designer Marketplace. She loves design, color and texture and is inspired every day by every day life. Aside from writing, Rebecca is an experienced broadcast + digital producer with over eleven years of advertising, production and branding experience. In April 2010, Rebecca opened the digital doors to Sweetline Agency, an online brand project management company. She works with small lifestyle companies to define, shape and build their online presence, including concepting the editorial voice, social media 101 and project management of the website design and build.


Tara Hogan, INK+WIT said...

congrats ladies - such a great idea to have this blog event - if I lived there I would be there but I am in NY.

Apt. #34 said...

Do you have a little widget I can post to my blog - I'd love to promote the event!

loving. living. small. said...

We are making widgets. In the meantime, send me an email and I can forward :)

Jenny said...

this is such a cool idea. i just found it today through a blogger you interviewed. love it. very nifty.

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