My name is Catherine Finn, and I write U Street Girl. For the last year and 1o months, I’ve blogged anonymously. If you emailed me, you would have found out my first name. That’s all I was willing to reveal. But, a lot of things have changed.

First, I have a new job that doesn’t require me to hide my identity. Woo hoo for that! Further than that, it’s something I really want to do and am interested in. I really couldn’t be more excited.

Second, I’ve been offered two compelling freelance gigs that I’ve decided to accept, and do so under my real name. You might have noticed posts from me on DCist this weekend; I’ll be one of the weekend editors. You will also be able to read a monthly column that I’ll be writing in MidCity DC (a community paper that is a member of the Hill Rag family) about what’s happening around 14th and U.

So, hello, here I am. My name is Catherine Finn and I’m no longer blogging anonymously.

I can tell what links people click on from my blog, and in the past week it seems like a lot of you are clicking on dead links, you’re getting a page like this. However, when I try to click on any of the links that supposedly have become dead, I don’t have any problems. Can anyone tell me, if this has happened to you, where you clicked on the link and if you were able to fix it? It’s a bit frustrating to see the problem is happening but not see what is causing it because I can’t seem to replicate it.

Thanks!

Dear readers, I will be returning to North country for a week starting today. That means that posts will be lighter, and that I’ll only be able to update on what I read on the Internets. This is the first time I’ve been on a vacation since I lost my old job in December (which wasn’t quite a vacation, anyway) so I’m quite looking forward to my time in Massachusetts. There might be some blog posts about my time at home, if you don’t mind.

If you see anything happening in the U street area that you think is worth blogging about, send me an email: ustreetgirl@gmail.com. See you back in the district next week.

Hi all, a quick administrative note: I’m moving on Friday (to another building in the U street area). I have a lot of things to do between then and now, and I still kind of have to work. So, apologies if the posts this week are not as plentiful or in depth. And, even though I hope to have Internet access the day I move in, Comcast is notoriously horrible, so posts might be a little light going into next week as well.

I will be so happy once this whole move is done. You forget how much you hate moving until you find yourself doing it again. I swear, I’m never moving out of my new place, until I decide to move back to Massachusetts for good.

The Internet is a weird thing, especially when it comes to comments. I have a filter that automatically catches “spam” comments and I personally approve all comments that appear on this blog. But, I’ve received a few comments that have finely hit the border between spam/trolling and a legitimate comment and I wanted to set out my philosophy on blog commenting.

First, I will not post comments that are blatant advertisements. I recently received pretty much a press release in form of a comment, and while I know the world of PR is tricky right now (I’ve worked for various organizations with their PR efforts) I don’t think the purpose of blog comments is to advertise services/businesses. I think the purpose of comments is to advance discussion on a given topic the blog addresses.

I will also not post comments that are off-topic, don’t add to the discussion of a particular post, or are inflammatory in any matter. It’s that simple.

I believe that each person who runs/moderates a blog can set out their own policy on commenting, and that any is acceptable for whatever purpose their particular blog serves. Therefore, this is my policy, and I will not argue it.

In other news, I’ve set up a U Street Girl email address for you, my dear readers, to use if you would like to send me any tips, information, etc. I wasn’t comfortable using my personal email address, so that is why none was listed. It is ustreetgirl@gmail.com. It is now also listed in my “About” page.