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Blognetnews Closes Shop

By Greg L | 14 July 2010 | Blogs | 2 Comments

It was a great run, and a terrific service, but Dave Mastio has announced that BlogNetNews.com is shutting down.  What a shame.

I’m really going to miss it.

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  1. Tom White said on 15 Jul 2010 at 9:03 pm:
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    It is not the same, but I opened http://www.olddominionblogs.com/ to the public to pick up the slack. I have all the best of the left and right blogs (BVBL included, of course) and hope it picks up the slack as best we can.

    Your readers are welcome to bookmark and see all the blog happenings in one place. The cool thing is, you get only an excerpt on Old Dominion Blogs and the user gets to visit the site for the “rest of the story”.

    Although my blog, Virginia Right is included, there will be no pontificating - just left and right wing rhetoric oozing.

  2. J. Tyler Ballance said on 4 Aug 2010 at 2:55 pm:
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    What made BNN useful and unique, was that they provided a way to regionalize your viewing of blogs. For example, here in Virginia, you could see a collection from all of Virginia, or just Hampton Roads (wherever the Hell that is) Richmond, or NOVA.

    One of the major reasons that BNN traffic had declined, was due to the rise of those with attention deficit disorder (otherwise known as Twitter users).

    Another major factor was that the content on many of the blogs carried on BNN had degenerated into farcical rants, without any semblance of an honest exchange of ideas or information. This issue along with the increasing practice of making it next to impossible to add a comment, or if the comment was deemed disagreeable by the host, the person making the comment was banned (for example, Citizen Tom banned by Vivian Paige; that was just goofy).

    If blogs are to be a real value added part of our information sources, they need to be modeled after the public square, where ideas and opinions are freely discussed; really discussed, not just blurted out, followed by insults from those who may disagree. Post some real counter-proposals and offer some data points of your own from a reliable source, instead of flaming.

    One final item: Those who use Blogger often have the blog set-up so that it is just too inconvenient to add comments. I have talked with fellow bloggers, some of which who use Blogger and nearly all have not been aware of the problem. Only one intentionally was trying to suppress discussions. So, regardless of what software you use, take a look at ways to screen-out span without going off the deep end and making it too annoying to post comments. Welcome those with different views, but ask that they back-up what they post with real information, and not just Glenn Beck’s latest talking points, or Nancy-poo Pelosi’s latest, “word.”

    Good night and good luck!

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