Monday, September 03, 2007

Join the RGV Life Community Site

We Are Moving
Given my experience with Ning, I believe that it is safe to create an online community for RGV Life. A majority of the people who have visited this blog have been friendly and great contributors.

You Are Invited
You are welcome to join the RGV Life community and share your experience of living in the Rio Grande Valley. Our region has much to enjoy and to give to the world. Help me celebrate the Rio Grande Valley experience.

Why We Are Moving
The decision to open up RGV Life to others is that I believe that there are many others who live the RGV Life experience. Maybe you don't have the time or inclination to frequently write blog posts. But, if you contribute even just one blog post, you have done something. Blogger is rather limited in building community, so the best alternative is to move to Ning. I'll still blog here and feed the content there so that you don't have to visit two sites.

Why Should You Join?
As a member, you will have full access to all the features. You can post in the forums, add photos, write your own RGV Life blog, add music or podcasts, add video, and make friends. There is no cost to you for being a member of the RGV Life community.

A Couple Concerns
Given the track record of some blogs in the RGV, I do have some concern that the RGV Life community site will attract political operatives who will trash talk each other. This could degrade the quality of the site. I actually gave this some thought. Ning is a great service in that they allow us to block users who step out of line. In addition, as owner, I have access to everybody's email addresses and other information. We don't want it to get to that point, but we can boot bad actors out.

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