The Internet can seem endless; every niche imaginable is represented somewhere out there. But Washington, with its young and wired population, has an especially rich virtual world.
As former president George W. Bush warned us, all of the various “Internets” are awash with information. To compile this list of the region’s best blogs and other Web sites, we excluded many of the good ones focused on national politics—even though Marc Ambinder’s Atlantic journal, the Tribune Company’s Swamp blog, and Slate, to name a few, provide invaluable online coverage.
What follows are some of the Web sites that make us enjoy living in the area even more—from great new voices and observations about Washington to resources that make it easier to work, live, and play here. The District has benefited from initiatives launched by DC chief technology officer Vivek Kundra—now the White House’s chief information officer—who has opened up government data online and encouraged Web developers to make the information useful and fun to share. He has created a model that other jurisdictions would do well to follow.
This list isn’t comprehensive; it’s some of our favorites. What are yours? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll compile your nominations at Washingtonian.com.
Brightest Young Things A site for, by, and about DC’s alternative scenesters, it covers everything from fashion, music, and film to food and drinks with a casual, often tongue-in-cheek attitude.
DCBlogs A blog-aggregating site, DCBlogs showcases some of the topics driving the conversation among Washingtonians and features a live update feed for those wanting to be kept in the loop at all times.
DCeiver Jason Linkin’s personal blog, DCeiver, is every bit as incisive as Eat the Press, the blog he writes for the Huffington Post. It offers a quick snapshot of Linkin’s musings on Washington, politics, and more.
DCist One of the pioneers of the Washington blog scene. If a blog can be called establishment, this is the one. It covers everything from commuting to sports to local politics—and now it has a full-time editor.
Going Green DC Writer Sacha Cohen offers information about all things local and “green”—from jobs to shopping to gifts.
Above the Law This site—once based in Washington, now in New York—bills itself as a “legal tabloid,” and it’s nothing if not gossipy. Want to know how many Supreme Court clerks the firm across the street snapped up? Check it out.
FamousDC No one knows who the wry voices behind FamousDC are, but they offer a daily mix of gossip, politics, amusing YouTube videos, and funny Facebook updates from Washingtonians.
FishbowlDC Two new editors, Matthew Dornic and Christine Delargy, have taken over this longtime fixture on the local blog scene that covers media and journalists.
Potomac Flacks If you work in or around the PR industry, you’ll want to follow this site, which keeps track of everyone’s comings and goings.
Raw Fisher When Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher was moved from his prominent place above the fold on the Metro section’s front page, he went online—and the result is well worth reading.
Washington City Paper City Desk The City Paper might hate to be called “mainstream media,” yet its irreverent city blog is about the best cross between a newspaper and a blog you’ll find in this area.
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Capital Weather Gang The group behind this started a blog before the Washington Post hired it to write about all things weather-related. If you can’t get enough of dew points, high-heat-index days, and cold fronts, this is your place. Recent topics have included “Which is more pathetic: winter or the Wizards?”
Craigslist Washington, DC Buy or sell merchandise, find or advertise a job, post an apartment to rent, locate a group house, get a date—here’s the go-to site for just about anything you want to do in the area.
Cultural Tourism DC This site pulls together lots of helpful information about arts and heritage sights and tours across more than 250 Washington cultural and neighborhood organizations. Also check out DC Historic Tours.
DC CrimeMap The DC police and DC government have put together a surprisingly easy-to-use and powerful mapping tool that allows you to inspect reported crimes around any address in the District—good for figuring out why that house you’re considering buying is so cheap.