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Aha! My roommate Erik seems to have started a blog. And it's a good one! But he didn't tell me about it. Instead, he seems to have told his girlfriend, who told her sister from whom I learned about it. Meanwhile, Susan is dating my plague-stricken other roommate, which I think is a bit sick. Meanwhile, like Mark Kleiman I'm puzzled by Maureen Dowd's assertion that successful men get dates and successful women don't (actually not all that surprising) since, after all, of the three bloggers in the house I have by far the most successful blog, and yet I'm the single one. Blogless Rommate Number Four, meanwhile, is playa whose skills I can only dream of achieving.

One is almost inclined to believe that since blogging is so desperately uncool, blogging success is inversely correlated with romantic success. And yet, scrolling over to the Blogosphere Ecosystem I see that my betters on the left (Messrs. Black, Zuniga, Marshall, and Drum) are all settled down to one degree or another, so that theory's wrong. There you have it ladies -- Matt Yglesias, most successful eligible liberal blogger (most eligible top five liberal blogger?)! Who wouldn't fall for that pitch? Hm...

January 13, 2005 | Permalink


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Mr. "Roommate Number Four" draws his playa skills from his eclectic and rare record collection.

I think that is actually the secret to getting dates. I know. I have seen him use it with devastating results.

Posted by: Erik | Jan 13, 2005 9:27:47 PM

Being "settled down to one degree or another" does not equal romantic success, does it? I mean, it does sort of, but it's not the same thing as being a playa. Which is clearly what you should aspire to.

Posted by: randomgirl | Jan 13, 2005 9:27:57 PM

Thanks for reminding me, time to check my hotmail account, see if I got any replies to my CL ad.

Posted by: jerry | Jan 13, 2005 9:34:31 PM

I have by far the most successful blog, and yet I'm the single one.

Chicks dig proper spelling, grammar, and usage, dude.

Posted by: bobo brooks | Jan 13, 2005 9:49:07 PM

Take it from me. Kissing only leads to mono.

Posted by: Kriston Capps | Jan 13, 2005 9:49:20 PM

Ahh, but their settledness predated their blog success. It was like those other nasty habits you only really pick up on after you're committed. In your case, they can see it coming a mile away. Don't worry - I made the same mistake.

Posted by: Brian Ulrich | Jan 13, 2005 10:12:20 PM

Matt, you are advertising on the wrong website. Try this, and see how much better luck you have.

Posted by: Vaughn Hopkins | Jan 13, 2005 10:24:27 PM

You need to ask Will Wilkinson how he pulls it off!

Posted by: Kriston Capps | Jan 13, 2005 10:44:56 PM

Man, I was going to say what Brian did.

But yeah, if you want chicks, yer in the wrong biz. Leverage your blog exposure to become a rock star. Chicks dig them musicians.

Posted by: fling93 | Jan 13, 2005 10:49:36 PM

"Pull it off" is an inappropriate choice of words. Unless that's what you meant, I mean.

Posted by: John Emerson | Jan 14, 2005 12:15:45 AM

Babe magnets: Cars, Dogs, (if you don't have a dog, sometimes houseplants will do .. they wanna know you can keep things alive), clothes, sometimes brains, but ya gotta know when to keep them on the shelf and when to use them. The edgy new look with the facial hair is good.

Technique: Buy two tickets to a concert, not one you want to go to, but one that a babe would like. Then ask the hottest chick you can find .. tell her a friend cancelled so you've got an extra ticket. Do it at the last minute. Spontaneity is good.

If it makes you feel better, I'm single and my blog sucks.

Posted by: poputonian | Jan 14, 2005 12:16:17 AM

Well, as we've been learning, Will makes his way through life coasting on a current of raw masculinity, and I don't think that's going to work for me.

Posted by: Matthew Yglesias | Jan 14, 2005 1:26:29 AM

"You need to ask Will Wilkinson how he pulls it off!"

I'm not sure closeted homosexuality is the answer.


"of the three bloggers in the house I have by far the most successful blog, and yet I'm the single one."

Three Suggestions:

- Put your high school picture up permanently.
- A constant stream of posts about your romantic woes.
- Does Kriston have leftovers?

Posted by: Petey | Jan 14, 2005 1:28:46 AM

How does the small number of female bloggers play into all this? I offer my small contribution to the statistics: not yet particularly successful, single.

Posted by: Saheli | Jan 14, 2005 2:21:36 AM

This is why all bloggers have cats, so that our significant others can still have interaction with living creatures.

Posted by: thehim | Jan 14, 2005 2:35:34 AM

Blogless Rommate Number Four, meanwhile, is playa whose skills I can only dream of achieving.

I believe that word is spelled "skillz."

Posted by: alkali | Jan 14, 2005 7:58:36 AM

You rememeber Wittgenstein, _Zettel_ #455: "The philosopher is not a citizen of any community of ideas. That is what makes him into a philosopher." Welcome to nogirlfriendsville, comrade.

Posted by: Dabodius | Jan 14, 2005 8:59:11 AM

Is this a request for advice to the lovelorn Yglesias? How about doing an Yglesias-not-dot-com redesign and shaving the ugly beard. Nine out of ten readers agree that the beard is a big mistake. We started reading for the rosy cheeks and boyish face, not furry face.

Unless of course you've become a fatty and need the beard to hide the obese face and lack of jawline. Then keep it.

Posted by: Ikram | Jan 14, 2005 9:08:21 AM

maybe it's time for susan and me to get on that matt yglesias fan site (complete with candid bearded photos and testimonials) that we've talked about.

Posted by: catherine | Jan 14, 2005 9:10:44 AM

"Matt Yglesias, most successful eligible liberal blogger" is only marginally better than your previous slogan "Mayy Yglesias -- he's taller than you think he is."

Posted by: dave | Jan 14, 2005 9:58:59 AM

I believe that word is spelled "skillz."

Personally, I always thought it was "skeelz."

By the way, the Poor Man just got engaged. So there's hope yet.

Posted by: JP | Jan 14, 2005 10:11:18 AM

The edgy new look with the facial hair is good.

I don't know...I've always been told that the ladies like the long hair, don't like the facial hair.

Posted by: MattDinBrooklyn | Jan 14, 2005 11:28:20 AM

Hey Matt,

Don't listen to the fools. The new photo and indie-rock beard add a compelling and (dare I say) dangerous aspect to the blogger, 'Yglesias.'

Posted by: gavin mcnett | Jan 14, 2005 11:39:28 AM

Now he tells us. For a long time I had a standing offer out to Matt to fix him up with a tall stunning blonde law student in D.C. Just yesterday, I got an e-mail from her asking for a character reference (any state bar that would accept my vouching for someone's character is suspect, but that's another story) mentioning along the way that things have gotten serious between her and a mysterious "John" who has already had Thanksgiving dinner with her family. Too late now.
Or maybe not. She has an equally tall, stunning, slightly older blonde sister doing graduate work at Virginia Tech (geology) and she recently broke up with her CIA boyfriend. (I had been threatening to bribe the band at the wedding reception to play "Secret Agent Man," but that plan is shot to Hell.) She has good sense, too. When she was an infant, I used to ask her if she'd go out with me and she'd always say "No." We stopped the game when she got old enough that I could be mistaken(?) for a dirty old man.
Shall I put in a good word?

Posted by: C.J.Colucci | Jan 14, 2005 12:27:45 PM

Well, it's possible that Matt's picked up the contagious DC male delusion of thinking that talking endlessly about how influential, brilliant, and important you are is an acceptable substitute for actually expressing interest in a woman, and failing to understand why one's detailed analysis of [Insert highly complex and largely irrelevant technical issue here] does not get the opposite sex all hot and bothered. Not that I'm implying he actually does either of these things, but they're certainly common in these parts.

Really, the bar for male attractiveness in DC is so low that I'm sure Matt has no interest in embarking on any form of a relationship or he would have already. Though, of course, everyone does like to get laid from time to time regardless.

Posted by: veruca | Jan 14, 2005 2:56:21 PM

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