Meet Your Blarch Badness Contenders: Capitol Hill Seattle

I had a quick chat with Justin Carder about Capitol Hill Seattle, a front runner in this year’s Blarch Badness tournament.

MB: When did you start CHS?
Shortly after we received the magic beans in January 2006. We moved to Capitol Hill on the edge of a richie rich neighborhood and said jeez, better start a neighborhood blog so we can get some respect from these people and they stop asking us to wash their boats. The rest is history.

MB: How many contributors?
Two. Me and my poor darling wife who has to suffer through my criticism and advice for her every post. Not sure why she continues to participate, really. She might move and get her own neighborhood blog. We’re trying to work through it.

MB: What’s your mission statement? (Why does this blog exist?)
I’ve stated our goals thusly:
1. Get to know our new neighborhood
2. Write about the good stuff in hopes that more good stuff will happen
3. Sometimes write about the bad stuff in hopes that less bad stuff will happen
4. Learn about how the Internet is put together and how people interact with it
5. Make it all last

But that only tells part of the story.

I work with content on the Internet. It’s my career. CHS is also my laboratory to test out some of the things I believe in and see if they’re true. And it’s a way to blow off steam and have fun. Neighborhood blogging, crazily enough, has turned into my job — by day, when I’m not fighting the forces of evil in blog tournaments, I work on the http://myzip.net neighborhood blogging project for Marchex.

Oh, and we’re also here to make it hard for Michael van Baker over at Seattlest. He lives in our ‘hood and has to fight for the scraps we leave behind. No layups for that guy. No siree. We should add that to our mission statement.

MB: Which genre of posts receive the most comments from your readers?
Honestly, the best way to get comments is to be slightly daft. Leave yourself open to ignorance, young bloggers, and let others fill in your gaping holes. But that’s probably not what you wanted. We get a lot of comments and attention when we write about CHS neighbor Dan Savage. Nothing, however, beats the two tenets of local journalism — weather and crime. Bored yet?

MB: What’s your favorite post of the last year?
Fiscal or calendar? Probably when one of us wrote about the stupid huge rock on the sidewalk near Aloha and 15th.

Obsessing on the minutiae is our specialty. It’s the only thing we can be real experts in. And the post is way overwritten which is totally our style.

8 Comments so far

  1. Ryan Healy (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 6:49 am

    Honestly, the best way to get comments is to be slightly daft. Leave yourself open to ignorance, young bloggers, and let others fill in your gaping holes.

    Hey, don’t give away our secrets!


  2. pffft (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 11:22 am

    I do not have a boat


  3. Kim (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

    Hey, I’m confused. The blog listed in the voting booth is Capital Hill Triangle. . .a different blog that Capital Hill Seattle, right?
    -Kim


  4. wesa (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    CHS is running as of today (post below this one). Capitol Hill Triangle runs later this week I believe. Or is it last week? I can’t keep them all straight!


  5. dw (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

    Different blogs. Capitol Hill Seattle went straight into Round Two. You can vote for them here.


  6. jeanine (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 1:47 am

    not to mention (but I will)that writers J and/or K at Capitol Hill Seattle and the writer Seadevi at Capitol Hill Triangle could never be mistaken for one another in person.


  7. jseattle (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

    would everybody who does not have a Capitol Hill neighborhood blog please raise their hand? thank you


  8. MvB (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

    I’m so gonna drop a 3 on you, j. You just wait!



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