HoCoBlogs Party at Nottingham’s – Sept 9th

Come join us at Nottingham’s, one of Columbia’s most well-known and oft-visited taverns. We’ll be gathering on Tuesday, September 9th, 5:30-7:30 pm for a party with Howard County’s bloggers and their readers. (You’ve got to fit into one or the other of those categories, right?)

RSVP Here.

Nottingham’s is very generously providing a food buffet and four specialty drinks offered. They’ll be providing a drink ticket, too. It’s very helpful to our hosts that we have accurate RSVPs so that they can properly prepare and staff up as needed. (Thank you!)

We’ll be in their private room and will have a lovely space to mingle, meet new people and deepen relationships with those you already know. Bring a friend or two and introduce them to the vibrant, intelligent and ever-curious community of local bloggers, readers and engaged community members.

Your dust-covered, Burning Man-lovin’ co-host,
Jessie

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Welcome, new bloggers

Welcome, new bloggers.

August is bursting with chrysanthemums, and our blogger list is bursting with new additions!

Join the HoCo Blogging Community!

Help us expand our blogging community by adding your local blog to our listings! And if you know a friend or neighbor or coworker, or your child’s school, or any local group that should be listed, go tell them right now about the HoCo Blogs community. Submit your blog today!

Soon, my friends, Whole Foods will open in Columbia at the former Rouse Company headquarters near the mall. To celebrate, let’s talk FOOD!

Follow (and use) #HoCoFood on Twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and more.

You can always find our list of local hashtags here.

HoCoBlogs Party and Tour at Jailbreak Brewing Company

HoCoBlogs Party and Tour at Jailbreak Brewing CompanyJoin us for a summertime evening at Jailbreak Brewing Company. Mingle with Hoco bloggers and blog readers … and get a tour of Howard County’s newest brew pub. Come early for the happy hour (3-6 pm specials) not only of their craft beer but also of the Kloby’s food truck parked outside. And stay for a tour of their brewing operations. (The tour begins at 6 and will last about 45 minutes.)

See you there! Bring a friend or two.

#HoCoBeer #HoCoEvents #SummerofNeighbors

Jailbreak Brewing Company
9445 Washington Blvd N, Suite F Laurel, MD 20723
Wednesday, August 6 at 16:30 – 19:30

RSVP here. 

HoCoBlogs Party at Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars

Dear Lovely People of Howard County,

Join HoCoBlogs at a fun, tastebud-expanding and delightful party at Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars at The Mall in Columbia. Yes, oil and vinegar. Salt, too. Honey and other goodies as well. I love this store and am a regular customer, often stopping in to taste their seasonal oils and vinegars, never failing to walk out without a new bottle of something or other to try.

Our party is Wednesday, July 23rd, and, as always, bloggers and blog readers are invited to attend. The store will be closed for our private party, and the food will be provided by Secolari’s neighbor, Zoe’s Kitchen, right across the way. We’ll have tastings and opportunities to learn; plenty of mingling space and energy; and lots of love and goodness in the air.

Secolari’s is owned by a Clarksville couple and they represent a phenomenon not seen much in The Mall in Columbia in the last couple decades of national-brand dominance in retail: they are a true mom-and-pop shop … and an upscale one at that! Show them some local love. Come by to the party. Bring a social-media savvy friend. Tweet your tastings at the event. Like them on Facebook and write a short review. But most importantly, be there with your love for your community, your belief in our ability to redefine and update the vibe in Columbia and HoCo, and your willingness to try some new tastes and have new experiences.

We won’t be serving alcohol at the event, but Maggiano’s Little Italy a few stores away is open.

Tweet about the party using #HoCoBlogs, #HoCoEvents, #HoCoFood and/or #HoCoParties. :-)

See you soon!

Jessie

RSVP here.

Welcome, new bloggers

Welcome, new bloggers.

July explodes with excitement…and new bloggers!

Join the HoCo Blogging Community!

Always wanted to have your own blog? Have a blog but want to reach more people? Want to be part of a larger (and local!) blogging community? You can join the Hoco Blogging community by submitting your blog today! It’s free and easy, so go do it now!

Make fun summertime connections by tagging events, tweets, and photos with this neighborly hashtag.

Follow (and use) #SummerofNeighbors on Twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and more. Thanks to our friend, Bill Santos of @ColumbiaCompass, for creating this community-friendly hashtag!

You can always find our list of local hashtags here.

Welcome, new bloggers

Welcome, new bloggers.

June is bringing on the heat (and the storms!), and we’re bringing on the new bloggers.

Join the HoCo Blogging Community!

Are you a blog author? New to blogging or even new to the area? Want to be a part of your local blogging community? Do the right thing, friend. It’s free to be listed, so submit your blog today!

Like the weather, the local HoCo Political scene is heating up!

Follow (and use) #HoCoElections and #HoCoPolitics on Twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and more. Click here for more in-depth information on the current HoCo primary elections.

You can always find our list of local hashtags here.

HoCoElections page offers voters insight and perspective via candidates’ social streams

Check out the new HoCoBlogs’ Election 2014 page.

Click the hashtags for race-specific Twitter streams.

And definitely follow and use #HoCoPolitics!

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With the primary elections around the corner and early voting starting now, many voters may find themselves shrugging their shoulders, essentially saying, “Eh, I really don’t know who to vote for. All the candidates sound so alike. What if I vote for the wrong person? … I guess I’ll leave the voting to those who are more involved and know better.”

Does this sound like you? It sure is how I was for years; nay, decades. I still find it challenging to differentiate one candidate from another when all I have to go on is their printed election material, which almost always make a candidate look good, reasonable and worthy of my vote.

Sample page from the new site for HoCoElections.

Sample page from the new site for HoCoElections.

So how do you get to know the candidates? How do you get a sense for who someone is? How do you gain insight, perspective and confidence to vote for the person who seems like the best candidate to you?

One way and one angle to gain this perspective is through the candidates’ social media activity in the form of blogs, Facebook updates, tweets and more. In social media, there is usually less vetting of content, more in-the-moment-ness and more opportunity to see into someone’s personality than exists with highly edited and strategic printed campaign mailers.

At HoCoBlogs, we’ve pulled together local candidates’ social media activity in a new website: HoCoBlogs’ Election 2014, which you can find at www.hocoblogs.com/elections2014. Come visit (again and again, we hope) and get to know your candidates. Perhaps, and hopefully, you’ll feel more confident to cast your vote and participate in local elections this year.

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PS – Yes, we are aware that many a tweak still needs to be made. We wanted to get this site mostly done before the primaries, and we’ll update it after the primaries to reflect the elections. Feel free to send updates and new or corrected info to jessie@hocoblogs.com.