It’s Time to Chase Some Geese: Meet-n-Greet with @ColGateway

It’s time to chase some geese! Come to the meet-n-greet with @ColGateway, Howard County’s anachronistically hipster, secret yet well-known personality. We’ll be at AIDA Bistro on April 1st — no joke. It’s a real party. Details here and RSVPs requested.

Haven’t heard of Col Gateway? He graced the front cover of the Columbia Flier a couple weeks ago and he’s the star of this video. At the party, there will be a rousing speech from the Col himself, and fun merch and raffles. (I’ve seen a sneak peak … it’ll be unique!)

Hope to see you there, and remember, legit RSVPs are a good thing!

Meet and Greet With Col Gateway

Meet and Greet with Col Gateway

col-at-aidaYou’ve seen him around Twitter. You’ve witnessed him riding snowplows and purging Columbia Gateway Drive of its geese. Now, for one magical evening, Col Gateway will step out from behind the veil of Twitter and mingle with the masses for a “Meet Col Gateway” happy hour at AIDA Bistro. RSVPs requested.

New Online Calendar in Howard County

Folks have been asking for this for years: an online calendar in Howard County. Now it’s here: TotallyHoCo. Check it out! It’s a great place to post, share and find events and things to do. Your help in sharing the calendar with friends and neighbors is much appreciated.

New Photo-based App for HoCo

Heard of HoCoSnapz? Ilana Bittner and Pixel Workshops have created this new app focused on local photo-sharing and org/biz-branded images posted on the events. Check it out!



Welcome, new bloggers

Welcome, new bloggers.

Spring is less than a week away! With Spring comes new life and new beginnings…so let’s add a couple of new bloggers, too!

Join the HoCo Blogging Community!

That cold, white stuff has melted away (mostly!) and the sun will be bringing us budding trees and new green grass! It’s time to start thinking about those outside projects, so let’s talk about them! Tell us your outdoor plots and plans for the coming months. It doesn’t matter the topic as long as you are part of our HoCo community! Go ahead, submit your blog now!

Let’s talk about upcoming events and how to easily share (and find) that information!

Have you heard about yet? It’s a fantastic local calendar where you can both find and share local events for free. Check it out. Follow (and use) #HoCoEvents on Twitter.

And don’t forget to use the #HoCoEvents hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and more.

You can always find our list of local hashtags here.

There’s an exciting new app coming soon!

Keep an eye out for the new app that’s coming from Ilana Bittner; it’s called HoCoSnapz!

Baby, it’s cold outside … so come to our party Friday night! (and more news)

Hello! Here are some local bits and pieces, parties, deals, local videos and fun tools to use.

What else are you going to do on a Friday night in HoCo? 2/20

Yeah, it’s cold outside. Really cold. Nothing some layers, good boots and a heavy scarf can’t solve. Bundle up and come on down to historic Ellicott City this Friday night, 8pm until … , for our first-ever night-time party for bloggers, readers and friends. We’ll be at the charming Still Life Gallery & Framing Shop on Main Street. We’ll have wine and dessert a plenty provided by Still Life, plus local craft beer provided by the good people of HoCo Beer Week. Deets here. 

Love for the Gateway – video

Did you see this delightful video by ADG Creative, “Love for the Gateway”? It’s rather awesome and features cameos by AIDA Bistro owners Mary and Joe Barbera, @ColGateway and others.

Deal of the Day

Kettlebell training for just $24 for your first month

I work out at 39-Minute Workout in Ellicott City, a low-frills, high-touch, super-awesome, commitment-to-full-health place based on three principals: Treatment, Training & Nutrition. They’ve got a “share the love” deal going on for current clients to bring in others (a max of 120 members total), and I’m extending that invitation here. Contact David Beares for deets, david@39minuteworkout.com888-838-9226.

A Healthy Happy Hour – 2/20

Join me, if you’re curious about the offer above, on Friday, Feb 20th, 5-7 pm, at 39-Minute Workout for a “Healthy Happy Hour.” (IDK if “healthy” means no alcohol. Sigh.) It’ll be a light-hearted, friendly event where you can meet the owners and many of the people who work out there. I’ll be there! Come say hi. 8001 Hillsborough Rd Suite I, Ellicott City, MD 21043

I’m digging this tool. I encourage you — if you like to share info, which I assume is quite likely — to check out this free tool as well. #play #explore #experiment Here’s an example of using it:

What’s Scott E doing?

For any of you wanting to have more local social influence, to get more involved in local news and activites, and perhaps to make some money from your social/content/online skills and influence, I encourage you to start paying closer attention to Scott E Software (blog and Twitter … and more, Fiverr, YouTube, tags).

Online calendar

Find, post, share local events on It’s free.

Welcome, new bloggers

Welcome, new bloggers.

We’re deep in the heart of winter, with the groundhogs all over the country predicting six more weeks of winter. Settle in, get comfy, and enjoy this list of new bloggers!

Join the HoCo Blogging Community!

The weather outside is getting colder. Our snowiest months are still ahead of us! Help keep your neighbors and community informed (and occupied when the roads are bad) by sharing your blog with them. It doesn’t matter the topic as long as you are part of our HoCo community! Go ahead, submit your blog now!

There’s no getting around it, the winter weather is here!

Help keep friends and neighbors safe by sharing the weather and road conditions outside. Follow (and use) #HoCoWeather and #HoCoWx on Twitter.

And don’t forget to use the #HoCoWeather and #HoCoWx hashtags on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and more.

You can always find our list of local hashtags here.

Parties, promotions, interview opps & more

Hello and Happy New Year, HoCoBloggers and Readers,

Party: Wine, Dessert, Art & Convo

Join the HoCo Bloggers and their readers for wine, dessert, art and great conversation! We’ll be partying at Still Life Gallery, a beautiful fine art and custom framing shop in Historic Ellicott City. Dress up a smidge for this Friday night party (starting at 8 pm, Feb 20th) where you can stay till late! No admission charge, of course (though feel free to throw a donation our way for the wine and desserts)! Come early for dinner in Historic Ellicott City, or meet up at the party and go out on the town after. Lots of Main Street pubs and bars are open late, too! Looking forward to seeing you! Bring a friend! RSVP here


Anti-aging health fair & lots of freebies

Event and blogging opportunities

Dabbs Chiropractic is having an anti-aging health fair on Saturday, Jan 31st, 12-3 pm, to which you’re all invited. The content focus is on anti-aging and there will be plenty of freebies such as free chair massages, free product samples and free chiropractic, PT and acupuncture consultations. Even better, if you blog about the event or do some active local social media promotions there are more benefits and goodies coming your way. Talk to Mike T at 410-720-5555, or email him here.


NAVA’s integrative health and wellness

Classes and blogging opportunities

If personal health is on your radar for 2015, I encourage you to check out NAVA Health & Vitality Center, over by Loyola and Gramaphone. I’ve been there a few times and really enjoy their lectures and perspective. They’ve got an integrative, whole-person approach to health and wellness, which I find quite refreshing. For bloggers or social media enthusiasts with a lot of local social capital, contact Bill Ward at  410-910-5558 or to see what kind of extra goodness they can send your way for your blog posts or local social media activity.


Parents: Want to get interviewed for a local magazine article?

Laura Cech is writing a local mag story about good blogs, websites and apps for new parents. And another story is about  kids and social media– what’s appropriate, what parents should know about the various social media, etc. If you feel you’d be a good source for either of her stories please contact her ASAP.


Check out Howard County’s new online calendar

Have you seen, Howard County’s new online calendar? Take a look. Better yet, post an event. It’s free to post events and the calendar provides a great way to get more local exposure for a business, org, charitable event and more. Find local events there, too, and please tell your friends and neighbors about the site. Your fave local bar with live music, the local organization near and dear to your heart, a business you frequent … they almost all have events, and they’re probably look for extra promotion opportunities locally.

Watch ScottE!

Give a look at Scott E Software. He’s doing some very interesting things with his blog, social media and Fiverr. There will be, more and more, opportunities to get paid and earn some extra income from blogging, social media promotion and ads.

That’s it for now.


PS — If you appreciate HoCoBlogs and and are in the market for some fantastic anti-aging skin care products, one of my income buckets is with Nerium, and I’d love your business and referrals.

Welcome, new bloggers

Welcome, new bloggers.

Happy New Year everyone! New year, new list of bloggers…

Join the HoCo Blogging Community!

It’s all about the new year! Got new news? New resolutions? New goals? New ideas? New projects? Share them with your local community by starting a new blog or sharing your ongoing blog with your neighbors. Go ahead, submit your blog now!

Got your mind on music and music on your mind?

Follow (and use) #HoCoMusic on Twitter.

And don’t forget to use the #HoCoMusic hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and more.

You can always find our list of local hashtags here.