With that in mind I decided to try Google’s “My Maps” to see if it might be useful for throwing together a simple map in a blog setting. The first attempt was my Virginia, West of West Virginia entry. I have to say that I was impressed both with how easy it was to navigate and how quickly it gave me a usable script that I could drop directly into HTML. It even allowed my to produce polylines and shaded polygons with a simple series of clicks. While this tool wouldn’t suffice for major mashups like those featured in Google Maps Mania, it’s perfect for something like this little blog.