Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop: Pop-U-Lar!


Mama Kat is timely, as always.

1.) The popular girls.

For maybe the first time in my life, I finally felt like I was sitting at the popular girls’ table.  A few months ago, I applied to write for the DC Metro Moms blog, which is part of the massive internet dynasty of Silicon Valley Moms Group. SV Moms Group has 13 regional blogs, connections to major brands, hundreds of writers (including Katie Couric) and a known blogging presence.   I was accepted as a contributor to DC Metro Moms and LOVED being part of it.  I started getting invited to events, approached by PR firms, and met great women.  Creative women.  Smart, funny women.  The kind of women who sit at the blogging world’s popular table.

And I got to sit there, too. It felt really good.

But on Monday, the founders of Silicon Vally Moms Group announced that they are closing up shop effective July 1. No more posts.  The websites are staying but no new material going up, no more events, no more writers being syndicated in newspapers, no more fun. The popular girl’s table is disbanding.

The middle schooler in me keeps wondering if my presence brought their overall cache down so much that it wasn’t worth even having a popular girls table anymore.  But that’s silly, right?  Right?

I’ll be copying all my posts from DC Metro Moms and re-posting them here over the next couple of weekends, just to have them archived.  The other writers from DC Metro Moms are already planning conference calls (because this is DC and when in doubt, we plan a conference call) to discuss the future of our blogging community and how we can keep it going. I’m still forging ahead with my nascent plans for a family potluck for all of us.  I don’t want to lose my cool kid, popular girl friends and I don’t want to lose the creative community I found with them.

I’ll keep you updated on what new ventures I find with my popular friends now that we’re all cut loose from SV Moms Group. Whatever we dream up, it’s sure to be cool.

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12 comments for “Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop: Pop-U-Lar!

  1. liz
    June 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

    What a bummer! Sorry to hear that! I laughed at your conference call comment, though. Isn’t that always the way…

  2. Jen
    June 17, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Its kind of nice to be in the popular group. I think that someday, everyone gets their turn. 🙂

  3. June 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I say all the DC Metro Moms writers get together and form your own dang blog!

    (Does SV Moms own the name? If not, I’m sure many creative minds can come up with a new one.)

    Or you could talk to the folks over at We Love DC about joining forces? They’re good people. (Tell Tom and Tiff I sent ya.)

  4. June 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

    It must be so exciting being part of the ‘virtual’ popular girls but I’m sorry that they are disbanding.

  5. anthrogrrl
    June 17, 2010 at 10:48 am

    All I have to say is, “There’s another Tom and Tiff out there?”

    Sorry about the disbanding! I am sure you guys can find a new table to sit at. *smile*

  6. KLZ
    June 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    That sucks. But when in doubt, a potluck always advances popularity. Always.

  7. June 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I was so bummed when I heard the news! I had just applied last week for the NYC edition.

  8. June 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    At least you found a creative group!! In your area. This area seems like a BUST.

    But you’ll always have a seat at the popular girls table.

  9. June 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    What a major bummer. Seems like it was such a great resource. I’m fairly new to the blogging world, so I’m still sitting with the school janitor.

  10. June 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    aww, that’s too bad. then again, forge on. dont let go of your rockstar friends. also, goo idea that you’ll be posting your articles here. that way, we get to enjoy it 🙂

    from mama kat’s 🙂

  11. June 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    WE,, we’ll just form our own clique! I loved being a DCMetro Mom and I am certain I will love whatever we come up with next even more!

  12. CDG
    June 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    oh, I’m sorry. It seemed like such an amazing opportunity…
    if it’s any consolation, someone much less popular than you, tagged you for something… check out my most recent post!

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