I read with some amusement, and some small amount of guilt Ken Yarmosh, editor of the Corante Web Hub talking about snoozing in the blogosphere and the the whole “noise” thing this morning. He was talking about yesterdays tech blogosphere headlines:
- FeedBurner acquiring Blogbeat
- 100 Million Daily Videos served up by YouTube
- New Yahoo! Homepage Launches
He asks: “Do bloggers really think their numbers are going to go down (or up) if they donâ€™t cover these stories? Do they think they are reporters? Thereâ€™s only a few blogs that truly offer â€œscoopsâ€ and newsâ€¦the rest just become noise in my opinion.” and it’s a good point. Yesterday you couldn’t move for those 3 stories, and it was indeed repetitive, boring and somewhat time consuming to wade through the dozens of repeat posts in my reader.
Finding Unique Stories
Some news is indeed hard not to cover, particularly when your blog is focused in tech, but there are also ways to grab the smaller, possibly more valuable and definately more interesting stories.
Here’s a few off the top of my head. Do feel free to add to the list:
- Use del.icio.us to mine for links and sources
- use technorati, google blogs, yahoo news and other Search services where you can get to good blog posts to find the smaller, niche blogs to link to
- Use photobucket, flickr, youtube and other video/photo sites to find images and video to either link to, or just for inspiration
- Try yahoo answers to find out what people really want to know about your topic.
- Find forums on google with a query like this (just exchange “your topic” for keywords related to your subject) and see what less blog-centric folks are talking about within your niche
And there you have it, if you have other ways for finding less “me too” stories to post on your blogs, drop them in the comments….
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