Have the Virginia Political Blogs Died?
When I moved to Richmond six months ago, and earnestly sought out some local political blogs – not so much to be antagonistic, but just to know what’s going on locally.
Found basically nothing locally. There’s Richmond Sunlight, which is dead – plus pretty lefty. The Times-Dispatch Politics blog hasn’t been updated in weeks. Nothing at all for Chesterfield County.
All that brings me back here. And to Loudoun. No doubt the vitality of the Loudoun blogosphere was due in large part to the efforts of Loudoun Insider. Now that he has moved on, even the Loudoun scene is pretty weak (my apologies, Liberal Anthropologists, but the posts here are fairly infrequent). Novatownhall.com and Black Velvet Bruce Li are just not the same. Seems like the only ones commenting these days are a handful of people who do nothing but comment on political blogs. Even major blogs like Bearing Drift and Not Larry Sabato just don’t seem to get the traffic or comments they used to. Have people just gotten sick of them? Has the mainstream politico just had enough? Moved on to Twitter, perhaps?
As a writer, I really don’t care. Really, I don’t. I’ve said many times before that I just write to get things off my chest. If someone reads and finds it entertaining, then great. If they’re offended, even better.
Twitter. Hmm. Now there’s an idea.