There’s a neat media newsletter service I’ve used a number of times in marcom plans called SmartBriefs. It’s an aggregator of articles, sorted by topic, sent to subscriber email boxes. It is a great one-stop free-shop. One such newsletter I subscribe to deals with social media. The ironic thing about this one is that very few of the articles it highlights points to actual social media posts, meaning blogs. They are mostly items from USA Today, Washington Post, WSJ, Adweek, etc. They hit the occasional Mashable piece but do not do a good job or finding true web Posters. Posters are original content creators and bloggers whose love of the topic goes way beyond a job.
Posters may be good writers or bad and may not have made it through journalism school, but they are the backbone of the web. As a brand planner, I’m always on the lookout for big time posters in the categories I study. They engender loyalty and lots of comments. They are analytical and love to share the goodness that is their area or interest.
Poster beget Pasters (curators and info sharers), ergo community.
I’d love to see an aggregator service that only focused on blogs. Craft economy people in the woodworking business like the Wood Whisperer. Melting Mama for the overweight and obese. Boogie2988 for gamers. Kandee Johnson for the young fashion conscious. Emo Girl. There are thousands of them out there. An occasional snark would be fine too, but the more positive the better.
This is the future of the web. Where there is avoid there is an opportunity. Maybe SmartBrief will start one. Peace.