Blogging Around The District
You may have heard about a new Web site that launched earlier this week, called placeblogger.com. The whole idea is to organize blogs by location of the bloggers. Another site, called Outside In, is trying to do something similar. So I went to placeblogger and went to see how many blogs they have in DC and also check out other blogs in cities where I have lived, like Boston, Minneapolis and my hometown of OC (yes--that's THE OC.) Placeblogger was started by a woman named Lisa Williams who runs a local blog from Watertown, Mass., called H20town.
It's a new site, so there aren't very many D.C. blogs up there yet, but it did make me realize that I really had no idea that there were so many local blogs out there; or, rather, I don't read very many of them. If you've ever been to dcblogs.com or dcbloggers.com, you'll find there are hundreds of them on every possible topic you could imagine. I wrote a story recently about the business of blogging and found that there are 175,000 new blogs created every day, according to Technorati.
I spent some time yesterday on DCblogs.com just to get a sampling and ended up spending several hours reading dozens of DC blogs. It made me realize how I think of myself as someone who reads a lot of blogs, but many of them are tech-geek and based in California or gossipy and silly like Go Fug Yourself or journalism-related like Romenesko or Wonkette. I need to branch out, locally. (Full disclosure: The Post recently held a local blogger summit and hopes to create a directory of local bloggers in the next few months.)
Here's some of my local favorites, just to give you some sense of the awesome variety of subjects people are writing about: Diary of Mad DC Cabbies, written by two cab drivers who share their stories of riders and talk about the Redskins; Life in the District, which reviews food, nightclubs and other random stuff; Metroblogging DC, which focuses on transportation and other local happenings; Angry Pregnant Lawyer, which is funny and self-explanatory; Siren Song, a site of two friends who make it their goal to visit every Starbucks in DC and take photos of them (which gets about as interesting as what I just wrote and must be sponsored by the coffee company); and to my surprise, I found at least two blogs written by young women from the OC who moved to DC and blog about it (who knew this could become a sub-sub-sub-blog genre on its own?).
So now, I'm a little overwhelmed, but I definitely want to do a better job tracking DC blogs. I'm going to start a project this year to regularly read a few new ones and post some updates here. (And you can hold me accountable.) Let me know if you come across some local blogs that you can't live without. Stay tuned.
P.S. I want to see some really good shopping blogs. Hint. Hint.
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