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Blog Unites WV’s Creative Class

By Staff | Jun 20, 2008

There’s a new blog that makes it as easy to find other cool West Virginia blogs: 304blogs (304blogs.com). It’s a collection of RSS feeds of 56 different Mountain State blogs — and it’s growing. It’s maintained by two prominent bloggers, Bill from Oncee (oncee.blogspot.com) and Dave from the West Virginia Optimist (wvoptimist.wordpress.com). Oncee acts as a sort of watch-dog blog, paying close attention to state matters in the Blogosphere and beyond. Bill, who’s an IT manager in Charleston, gets to the point quickly in his posts, which makes him an informative yet easy read. As Dave’s blog suggests, his posts reflect a positive viewpoint while touching on politics, current events, entertainment and just about anything related to our state. One of the most prominently displayed feeds on 304blogs is Create WV (createwv.typepad.com). This blog is just part of the whole Create WV movement, which is designed to bring the “creative class” together in our state to improve our position in the new economy and address the problems that threaten our growth. It’s a very interesting concept that’s difficult to explain in this small space, so I highly suggest logging on and checking it out. Here’s an interesting blog I’ve been meaning to include in this column: the Health Care Law Blog (healthcarelawblog.blogspot.com). It’s written by Charleston heath-care lawyer Bob Coffield, and includes “thoughts and comments on the health-care industry, privacy, security, technology, and other odds and ends.” You can’t get away from talk about health care these days, and Bob helps sort it all out with his expertise and opinion. It’s a good read, even for a layman like myself, and I look forward to checking it out as health care gets more attention in the upcoming election.

Bryan Stealey is the moderator of PictureWestVirginia.com, a statewide collabortive blog based in Morgantown. Contact him at bstealey@graffitiwv.com.