Thursday, September 30, 2010

The North Shore Blogger Consortium

When I set out to write Orchid Grey, I really only had two goals from what i wanted out of my blog: to stop spending so much money on clothes, and to explore my closet further than the two dresses I was rotating through my work wardrobe. I think it's safe to say "mission accomplished" (er, maybe only "mission made slightly better" in the case of my not spending money on clothes).

What I discovered about blogging is that there is so much more to it: I've discovered community, made lasting connections, and even landed a job based mostly off my blog. So far, the community aspect has been the most valuable to me, so when I was contacted by the North Shore Blogger Consortium I jumped at the chance to join. The NSBC is a group of North of Boston based bloggers who have come together as a kind of collective to post weekly happenings in and around the North Shore community.

While I know Orchid Grey does have a broader scope, I'm excited to be able to show my fellow New England bloggers what's up. Each Wednesday I will be posting my weekend picks with activities going on in the area and on Thursday I'll have a post like this, a round up of all the other member's choice activities.

I admit to being too freaking busy this week to get mine done, but below you'll find links to the other blogger's posts.

And we’re off…………..

Jane Ward writes fiction and is the author of Hunger (Forge, 2001) and The Mosaic Artist (to be released). She is currently at work on her third novel, The Welcome Home. She also writes about food – in a weekly blog called Food and Fiction, and as a contributing writer to the online regional food magazine, Local In Season – because she loves to cook and eat. And so does everyone she knows.

Click Here for Author Jane Ward’s Weekend Picks

As a painter and writer, Heather Atwood spent a lot of time waiting on tables in great restaurants. While struggling with color and line, she was also learning how to roast a great chicken, and what it means to balance textures in a dish. She’s been interested in good food ever since. Married, the mother of two daughters, Heather now lives in Rockport, Mass. and is the food columnist for the Gloucester Daily Times. She is featured regularly in Taste of the Times videos and her writing can also be seen in the Wednesday food section of the Times.

Click here for Heather Atwood’s Weekend Picks

Good Morning Gloucester brings you the best of Gloucester MA and surrounding communities. From the docks to the restaurants, the sporting fields to the art scene and anything in between, if it’s happening in Gloucester it’s generally covered on GMG.

Click here for Joey’s weekend picks

At its core, is a place to find out what’s happening in Lynn. It features an events calendar, local weather, arts and events coverage, photo galleries, complete City Council videos, letters to the editor and more.

Click here are for editor Seth Albaum’s picks for the weekend

North Shore Dish is your guide to restaurants and all things food related on the North Shore. Whether it’s gourmet dining or a hole-in-the-wall, if these gals have tasted it, they’ll dish up the inside scoop.

Click here for North Shore Dish weekend picks

The Two Palaverers are the husband and wife team of Rob and Laura Ciampa, two passionate New Englanders who have spent decades exploring the highways and byways of New England in search of regional character, culture and cuisine. Their goal is to recognize the people, places and things that exemplify the character of New England. Join them as they palaver about New England.

Click Here For The Weekend Picks From The Two Palaverers

Greater Newburyport Today is your online guide to the wide range of activities and events occurring within the Greater Newburyport region of coastal Massachusetts, including the surrounding New Hampshire seacoast and the Ipswich/Essex and Cape Ann regions of the North Shore.

Click here for Greater Newburyport today’s weekend picks


Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

oh how awesome!! Yay for the North Shore! I didn't even know there was a consortium, but there is something really exciting about seeing all these people and places near where we live.

Courtney said...

When I started reading the first paragraph, I thought you were going to say that you were ending the blog. I'm glad you're not!

Orchid Grey said...

Courtney, reading it now I totally see what you mean! It sounds like a goodbye post, haha! Maybe I shouldn't write at 7:30 in the morning! Thanks for the support, girls!

Caitlin said...

That is amazing! congrats. I end up missing out on so many awesome things going on in our area.


Shelley Senai said...

Hey, is there a common website for this Consortium or way to join? I'm a N. Shore blogger too! (And fellow Beverly... ian? ite? Beverly person!)

Darcy Ann said...

we live in a wonderful & diverse community - love seeing it supported!

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