It’s 11pm and I just arrived home from a night on the town with 8 other PF bloggers and one cool spouse. We visited McGinty’s Public House in Silver Spring, MD and had a good 3 hours of chat about blogging, school, work, and, uh, weird fetishes 😉
As a side note, the pub is just a couple blocks from our favorite Ethiopian restaurant Langano. It’s amazing what you see walking from the metro vs driving! I tried to get J. Money to stop in and try the kitfo (raw beef dish) before heading to the bar, but he wouldn’t bite. Me, well, I’m a fan.
So the attendees were (in no particular order):
- Mike from CleverDude.com (uh, that’s me)
- J. Money (aka M/M Fanboy) from Budgets Are Sexy (a true match for my hyperactive chatter on IM in the mornings)
- Mapgirl from Mapgirl’s Fiscal Challenge
- Mrs. Micah from MrsMicah.com, as well as Blog Crafted
- DH from Debt Hater (not nearly as imposing without her ‘fro)
- Ginger from Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, and her husband ‘G’
- Megan from Counting My Pennies (a new-to-me blogger)
- Craig from Budget Pulse blog (he writes for the blog of a small PF company)
- Amelia from Amelia’s Healthy Life (another new-to-me blog)
I met all but # 6-9 in person at other blogger happy hours, so it was great to both catch up with old pals and learn more about “new recruits” to the PF blogging world. I learned that I share a lot in common with some bloggers, such as my college alma mater, my future employer or my past contracts.
Luckily, I think most of the bloggers took heed of the experienced folks’ warnings and brought enough cash in small denominations to cover the bill. There’s nothing worse than a gaggle of Personal Finance bloggers trying to split a bill!
Speaking of the bill, J. Money treated me to two drinks. One was a pink, fruity drink that I can’t recall how I talked him into getting me, and the other was a beer (Sam Adams White Ale) for which, unless I post this article with all the attendees site links tonight, I have to repay him.
Since most of us got there before 7pm, we treated ourselves to the half-price happy hour pub menu (do you expect anything less of a bunch of frugal writers?). I engorged on the heaping helping of fish and chips, which was excellent, and then finished it up with a Long Island Iced Tea.
While the $15 entree came in at $7.50, the stupid drink tacked on another $7.55. That’s right, my lousy alcohol was a nickel more than my giant dinner!!! So with tip, I threw down $18 even (8 ones), which Mapgirl proudly snatched up and declared “strip club night with me and the BF!” (or did she? You make the call).
This is probably my fourth or fifth PF blogger happy hour. I know my first one was about a month after I started blogging, and I felt so out of place and insecure. I met “giants” of the world I was just entering and had no idea what words like CPM and text link ads meant. But I’m really glad I went because it added directly to my network and built long-term relationships that have lasted to this day.
So if you have blogging happy hours in your area, even ones not in your niche, then I highly suggest attending. You’ll learn monetization, statistics and blogging tips general to any type of blog, and maybe even meet a few new friends.