Thanks to WINA for having me on this morning talking about local blogs. My blog tracks the Charlottesville and Central Virginia real estate market, market statistics, real estate technology, real estate representation (for sellers and buyers), local politics, “and more.” There is a thriving community of blogs nationally (nearly 70 million!), internationally and locally in the Charlottesville area. For the record and disclosure purposes, I am a Realtor with Century 21 Manley.
One of the many questions that came up was this – How do you find local blogs?
CvilleTomorrow is tracking the Charlottesville/Albemarle elections (interestingly, no local Republican candidates have blogs – why is that?)
Charlottesville News Headlines, thanks again to cvillenews.
Look at the “blogrolls” of blogs you come to know and trust (typically on the side of the page).
Key parts of a blog:
– Reverse Chronological Order of posts, updated frequently
– Comments (some debate this, but it is a crucial component of blogging) – participation in the blogs is key.
– RSS – Real Simple Syndication – a method of information distribution
– Linking to other blogs and citing your sources
– Transparency and accountability
Generally, reading blogs also necessitates reading in a different way; rather than visiting each individual webpage, the news can come to you.
You can learn more about the various RSS readers here and here. RSS is not strictly for “techies;” neither are blogs. There is a vast world of blogs. Finding the best ones takes time, but it’s worthwhile.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.
Regarding the guy who called in after I left, who said his blog’s goal is to “destroy Republicans running for office” – surely there are a fair amount of blogs whose goals are to publish vitriol, and there are plenty of political blogs on either side (and all sides) of the political world. I have found that many blogs and commenters can debate and disagree with class and candor, and the political world is a better place with these kinds of debates rather than seeking destruction of others. We all disagree at times; disagreeing with open minds is a better
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