Let’s all be honest for a second: the DC blog scene sucks. I link to five DC sites out of the many dozens that exist. And I’m not picky at all, I just want something a little interesting to read everyday. I prefer witty observation and commentary over the personal stories – with unmemorable people initials – that many bloggers default to. It’s impossible to read about someone’s dating or party life when yours is much more interesting.
Here’s the mid-year performance reviews of the DC blogs I link to:
Circle V: My interest in her blog has slipped. Plus she hasn’t posted in days. Doesn’t look good.
CPMC: The daily updates are refreshing, and I think they are going for a presence in the nightlife scene. I’m not sure if they found their niche yet; charity events, politics, gentlemanly whatever, etc. They seem to be politically connected so I think a Washington DC politics insider blog would be great.
Girl In DC: The stock photos have got to go. They are distracting and bring nothing of extra value to the usually original writing. No one is visiting because of those photos, trust me. How about some more personal photos?
The Butterfly Network: Their posts are generally good, even though I think they are adopting a quantity model with several postings a day. Their posts about dating usually interest me because I always completely disagree with them. The only thing the butterfly’s like about me is the traffic I send their way (they hate everything I’ve ever said about dating).
Why I Hate DC: The rock of the DC blog scene who refuses to involve himself in our drama. He’s one of the only bloggers who can take a boring topic and make it interesting with his writing.
There are several DC blogs that I check out each week but I don’t know if they are ready for the primetime exposure of my links column (I gotta read you daily for that). A new site that has a lot of potential is DC Urban Family. It’s premise: four people (The Boy, The Pretty Girl, The Party Girl, The Material Girl) who live on U St and blog about dating (of course). As they graduate to some more original writing I’ll be the first to shepard them into DC blog greatness. Maybe I’m going through a hormonal phase right now but I really want to take a new, small site and nurture it like the Young Republicans do to naive college students.