The people closest to me know that I have a terrible memory. I can remember the things I know I have to remember to survive. The bills. Rent. Tuition. Work deadlines. But a lot of other floss goes by the wayside with me. Perhaps that’s why I try so hard to document my year. I try to always take my camera with me. Because if I don’t have a picture, I forget it happened. And I usually have a little notebook with me that I write important things in. Usually I forget the notebook though and by the end of the semester, when I go to throw away my notes and class handouts, I’ll find a dozen little scribblings here and there where I wrote a phrase or two that tickled my fancy. For that reason, I’m writing this post, because otherwise I’ll probably forget this incredible year even happened. Heck, I already forgot most of last week.
But this week, when I started my annual tradition of trying to piece together what I could recall of this past year, I was lucky enough to be able to use 2010′s blog posts to figure out when I had done what. Here’s what I gathered. Continue reading
“The time has come,” the Walrus said/To talk of many things” – Lewis Carroll 1872
I <3 you. Always have, always will. But now it’s time for me to say goodbye. You knew, right? I mean, this isn’t a surprise or anything. We’ve been drifting apart for months now. Ever since I told you I was headed to school, you’ve been a little cold. Well, maybe it’s just me. I mean, it’s definitely me. Not you. You’ve always been a perfect sweetheart. Continue reading
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that as more people visited this site, the number of um, *coughs, solicitations got increased (both in number and weirdness). But hey, meeting people is the one of few benefits of the fringe blogger. (Seriously, y’all. Let’s just be friends.) Now, I’m not going to tell you how to date a blogger. That would be too simple. But I will tell give examples of how not to date a blogger.
1) First off all, please don’t start your email or include in your email the words “Philly” and “boy” in some sort of near proximity. “Philly” and “girl” is cute. Or nauseating. Depends how you’re looking at it. But “Philly” and “boy/man/guy” is always a terrible combination. Corny. Lame. Trite. Etc, etc, etc. No girl wants to date a Philly boy. Period. Continue reading
Taking the City of Brotherly Love to the biggest, baddest, brownest blog on the Net: Sepia Mutiny. Yup, gonna be a guest contributor at Sepia Mutiny this summer. Still laughing at how the discussion went from a ‘welcome PG’ theme to a ‘damn those Eagles’ vein. Check it out.
But more importantly, take a look at my inaugural post. It’s about all my favorite things. Bacon. And cheesesteaks. And food carts. And Philadelphia. Freel free to comment! (Okay, it’s about kinda/sorta all of that, maybe. I leave the hard-hitting political stuff to the pundits.) But comment anyway.
In the vein of the “advice” columns I have felt like writing of late…
When I started writing for phillygrrl.com, I got a lot of flack from my frenemies. Advice I was given from fellow bloggers?
“Blogging is so 1997!”
“Blogging is giving away your ideas for free.”
“You’re never going to make any money, what’s the point? Blogging doesn’t have an ROI!”
“Don’t blog until you’re somebody. You’re just wasting your time.”
Ah, kiddies. I beg to differ. Here are five reasons I like to blog: Continue reading
I’m thinking it’s not a great idea.
You could just Drink Liberally instead.
Here’s the deal. Come to Drinking Liberally tonight from 6-8PM at Triumph and learn how to avoid being sued. Or not. It’s up to you. I mean, I’ve heard it’s a good marketing device. But I’m still not enthusiastic about inviting lawsuits. Which isn’t to say it hasn’t been suggested by people commenting on phillygrrl.com.
“Adam Bonin, who runs the local lawyers’ chapter of the American Constitution Society, is inviting his members to attend DL Center City this week. As part of the joint event, Adam is going to give a brief talk on when bloggers and blog commenters can be sued for what they say, and when someone can use a lawsuit to reveal the identity of someone using a pseudonym.”
So I’ve been toying with where to go next with phillygrrl.com. For one thing, I definitely don’t know enough about blogging. I try to learn from other bloggers, but it’s not like they all wear t-shirts with their URL (although that’s a great idea for the next DL meet, eh Mithras?)
I do know one thing. I don’t know anything about the Philly blog scene. I’ve stumbled upon a few sites I like. But I come across other well-known sites every day. My favorite find today? Phawker. Also, the WHYY blog – It’s Our City. Oh yeah, and I just came across Dan McQuade’s site, Philadelphia Will Do. Oops, it died.
Forget local blogs. I don’t even read national blogs. Well, except for HuffPo. Today, my mentor sent me a link to the blog of one Penelope Trunk, whose advice blog instantly revolutionized my life. Well, sort of. Let’s see how her job-finding skills work out for her.
Funny thing is, I have friends who read zillions of blogs every day.
Please, people. Spare me the pain of embarassing myself on a daily business and let me know what blogs you like to read. It’s awful to be in the dark about these things. (I still cringe at the memory of telling Atrios his URL was too long and easily forgetable. His droll response? “People do tell me I’m bad at marketing.” )
What blogs do you like to read? I don’t really care about content so much as appeal. A good techie blog might be just what I need. So may a blog about makeup.
Let me know what floats your boat. I’m totally clueless.
It’s been a month since http://www.phillygrrl.com was launched. Since then there’s been over 2,000 site visits to http://www.phillygrrl.com. And we’ve had a blast receiving feedback from all sorts of visitors – including comments from Philadelphia editors, fellow writers and joe six-packs alike. As this year winds down, we just wanted to take the time to thank you for visiting http://www.phillygrrl.com. We hope you continue to come back and comment on articles. Happy New Year!