Here's to the new class
V Note: I haven't done any meta-blogging in a while, so you can piss off cause here I go. And, some of this may actually be wrong, it's just how I remember it:
As you probably know, everyone’s fav hostess Kathryn is having another of her famous blog happy hours. I don’t think I have ever actually said this to her, but it is damn good she picked up that baton because we were fizzling out here.
In my humble opinion, DC's blog scene can be divided into two categories. There is the old school and then there is the new class.
Old school would be when Kelly Ann Collins was leading the charge with her Washington Socialites thing. Her website was the reason I started a blog—she and her friends threw parties/happy hours and blogged about her life. I didn’t start reading her until maybe a year before she closed up, but prior to that DC Bachelor and her were friends and he was called DJ Rockinghorse (I think). Then somewhere in there he started the Soros club and then the DC Bachelor and the bit with the haters, etc.
Anyway, my point here is that the first blog happy hour I attended was hosted by DC Bachelor and the haters.
I got drunk. I also tried to lick Mike formerly from Dcists face (classy) and kissed some nice guy smack on the lips because he asked me too. Yeah. I know. So while it was awkward for me not knowing anyone, I had a lot of fun. Moral there: show up tipsy to these things and have a great time.
Then there may have been other happy hours, but I didn’t get back into it until KAC was finished and CPMC and CPJL were more running things (it seemed). These interim days were weird as everyone was trying really hard to be cooler than everyone else. It was different with KAC because she was nice and being exclusive was her deal. She was "the socialite" so of course you feel like she’s doing cooler things than you (whether that was true or not).
So, when CPMC was running the show it was a time when we just had a bunch of people acting like they were some hot shit. But, during this time there was a real boon of bloggers. You had A Girl in DC, Butterfly Network, Texas Cutie and others. Also, Kathrynon popped onto the radar screen (And, yes, she had been a cool DC blogger a few months prior). But she hosted her own happy hour at McFadden’s. Again, I got really drunk.
To me, Kathryn (as president of the new class) really brought blogs back to where they should be. She brought along with her Rock Creek Rambler-types as well as fun girly blogs like DC Cookie. It isn’t about being cooler than anyone else (because let’s face it, if you blog, you’re probably not that cool), it was about meeting fun people and procrastinating work. And her and her blogger friends are all very friendly (hell, the girl invited me to her birthday party) and genuinely enjoy meeting new people, etc. It just sets a nice tone for it all.
And, while I enjoy these happy hours (and I’ll be there tipsy with Steve tonight), I feel very much a part of the old school in that (thankfully) these new whippersnappers are running things now with their superlatives, nametags and photoshop skills. It’s just about laughs in your daily life, fun parties and thoughts on celebrities. The “I’m cooler than you” posts rarely pop up anymore and the days of the old school are coming to an end.