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.