There have been some grumblings of late about RVA Blogs. It was bound to happen when you put that many people in a room. Most of the discourse is pretty civil with opposing views discussed in an appropriate manner. Others, like one vitriolic right wing site, use name calling in the place of debate and I really don't know what to make of the homophobic nazi skateboard punk site.
My issue is with the explosion of commercial sites and pseudo-blogs (articles from media sites package to look like a blog) drowning out the voices of the people of Richmond. If I want to read 'Mash Up Crew' (an amateur attempt by the RTD to be cool and hip) I'll go to their site. Same with InRich and the flood of other 'blog' postings Media General is foisting upon us.
The other commercial sites are harder to judge. Personally, I get annoyed when I click on an interesting title only to find out they are really just trying to sell me something or promote their business (and no, my business blog is not aggregated on RVA Blogs). On the other hand, sites like VA Family Law blog don't seem to really be selling anything and are really quite interesting.
There is an interesting discussion starting over on Urban Richmonds site. Sadly he no longer seems to be aggregated. Go on over, read and join the discussion. In the discussion Ross says they are going to be working on a redesign for the aggregator for 2009. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. I had been mulling for a number of months leaving the aggregator. I'll hold off on that decision to see what they come up with.
Oh... and welcome back Urban Richmond!!!