What a party we have lined up for the October hocoblog-tail event! Both Tom Coale of HoCo Rising and he of HowChow will be the co-hosts. The two of them have chosen a local restaurant that I really like: Kloby's Smokehouse, in the southern region of The Hoco.
Join us as we mingle, share knowledge and share stories about life in the social networked space and life in The Hoco. Our bloggers are -- despite what some blog commenters are wont to say -- a rather friendly bunch. Whether you blog yourself, are blog-curious or are "just" (and I say that facetiously) a blog reader, you're welcome to spend an evening with us.
You're on your own for your tab, and we do hope that you'll support this local, family-owned business with the purchase of a drink or two. Perhaps you'll enjoy some appetizers, or, if you're already a fan of Kloby's, you may have a full meal, or invite your family to join you at the tail end of the party for a meal together. In any case, all of us -- each of us -- has the currency of "social capital." As leaders in the community, whether it's as a hyper-local blogger, one blogging in your professional field, or someone who has a personal blog, we all have the ability to share information in our local networks.
Please consider these cost-nothing/high-value opportunities to support a local business --
- Post a note to your Howard County Friends list on Facebook; tell them about this event. Include the invitation link.
- Tweet about the party and use the hashtags #theHoCo and/or #hocoblogs. Use Kloby's Twitter handle in your tweets, too; it's @ChefKloby.
- Check in on foursquare when you arrive at Kloby's.
- Write a comment on HowChow's blog post about Kloby's.
- Write a blog post about the party and share it with your local network.
Take a look at what we did as a community of bloggers for our last event at Pure Wine Cafe. (Scroll down in the doc, as it's several pages long.)
Your social capital is yours. You build it. You earn it. You can use it. I invite all local bloggers to step up their skills, habits and practice of using social capital with this event. Practice. Have fun.
We can all help Howard County become--
PPS - On principal, I do not recommend that you "friend" Kloby's on Facebook. I'm a stickler about this. Businesses have fan pages. People have profiles. Kloby's has it upside down and backwards here. Perhaps they'll get a fan page (hint, hint), at which point I'd heartily encourage you to become a fan and post "social capital" notes on their wall and yours.
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We publish hundreds of local blogs, host fun and (usually) free parties and events, and promote the thoughtful and considerate use of social media in #HoCoMd. People, organizations and businesses located in Howard County, Md. -- regardless of what they blog about -- are encouraged to submit their blogs on our site; it's free. Submit a blog here!
We've also launched a local, Howard County-focused calendar, TotallyHoCo.com. It's free to post events and it's a great place to find out what's happening locally.