AtariBoy

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Everyone blogs the same news?

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I’ve been looking round at lots of blogs this evening, geeky ones and popular ones, you know the top 500 technorati kinda blogs.

And i noticed a bit of a trend…

I didnt hear about google releasing their own wysiwyg webpage editor, they released it whilst i was without the internet for that horrible 2 days, but since i got back online i’ve been seeing this same bit of news everywhere, especially blogs, and the popular ones too.
I would imagine that many readers here are also fans of digg.com, which just recently has entered the top 500 websites on the whole interweb (pretty popular) and as it happens very little gets past digg, if its big news it will be on the front page.

With digg becoming so popular there is not much of a need for these big news stories to be posted on hundreds of blogs, all with the same details.

So why bother? I just think its almost a bit of a waste of time, at least for the geeky.

We know whats going on in the mainstream, the big companies shout their releases from the rooftops, what i want to see is the more hidden titbits (hehe) of the interweb, those sites that not to many people know about, or that never got the attention they deserved.

So link me up blog-o-sphere, i want to see the weird and wonderful, the geeky and the cool, but most importantly, the stuff i havnt seen on the digg.com front page.

Heres my contribution: http://mandolux.mine.nu/ (a beautiful wallpaper site)

and Garys: http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail.html (Strongbad!!)

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Written by Atariboy

February 26, 2006 at 9:32 pm

Posted in Blogging, Geeky, General, Web

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  1. I probably don’t read Digg often enough, so most of the stuff i link too should be original

    Gary

    February 26, 2006 at 9:37 pm

  2. talking of random stuff, check out the mr fluffles show: http://carlbanks.wordpress.com/

    Atariboy

    February 26, 2006 at 9:58 pm

  3. A-MEN. A large part of why I started blogging was because my feed reader (Thunderbird 1.5) Was getting the exact same news. I figured there might be a market out there for some original content. Yeah, I get into the political stuff that other people do, but enough with the: 1.) ‘Play-by-play of my life’ blogs (most aren’t that interesting) and 2.) the ‘ here is what is on slashdot/digg/cnn today’ blogs. Seriously, if slashdot or CNN needs a mirror, wait until they ask.

    techandother

    February 26, 2006 at 10:21 pm

  4. Thanks Atariboy for the plug. I’m glad at least one person found it interesting. It brings us up to eight people!

    CarLBanks

    February 26, 2006 at 11:48 pm

  5. Couldn’t agree more. I’ve cut my RSS subscriptions down loads and now tend to follow the meme trackers or the niche/original blogs. If the news is of relevancy, you’ll hear it soon enough.

    Stephen Davies

    February 27, 2006 at 1:53 am

  6. So will Digg be the end of Blogosphere….. But you don’t understand, without the blogosphere there is no Digg at all, so it’s kinda vice-versa!

    Chrono Cr@cker

    February 27, 2006 at 3:25 am

  7. Love the mr fluffles show carl…I only use netvibes to read RSS and have a few chosen sites because of the same stuff as you guys with same news and stuff :/

    Rappy

    February 27, 2006 at 4:19 am

  8. OH! Oh! Atariboy!! over here! Checkout http://www.giantitp.com. Oh man, this is one of the best webcomics i have ever read. The order of the stick. Crack for nerds and geeks. Enough said.

    Brandon

    February 27, 2006 at 5:00 am

  9. hheh Brandon, gary suggested exactly that same comic to me, to post on this blog, but i preferred strongbad!

    Atariboy

    February 27, 2006 at 8:17 am

  10. A-list bloggers always blog the same news – the reason is so they stay in the A list. i think Scobleizer says this somewhere…

    Joe Anderson

    February 27, 2006 at 8:44 am

  11. digg is reliant on blogs, yes, but for origonal news not the rehashed stuff that everyone heres from everywhere.

    I’d also like to say that if you have something significant to add to a piece of news or a good point/opinion then blog away, but there is not much point in mirroring slashdot or digg, just like techandother said.

    Joe, maybe you have a point, if you blog current news all the time (basically becoming a news site) then you will get lots of traffic. (boingboing for example), but i really dont care for this whole A-list/Y-list blog naming thing, its kinda gettign a bit to close to holywood, and we all know how fake that is!!

    Atariboy

    February 27, 2006 at 10:43 am

  12. […] Via AtariBoy.  […]

  13. I don’t digg, so I’m not sure if this has been there or not. It’s a tool I use at work as a network admin:
    http://www.dnsstuff.com/

    If I had some better electronics skillz:
    http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/count.html

    And when blogging finally turns my mind to mush:
    http://www.stopabductions.com/

    nuub

    February 27, 2006 at 8:32 pm

  14. See, a blog is a place for you to share your own feelings… So if you see some interesting news, check it out for yourself and then give your opinions on it via the blog, thus giving the blog your personal touch… Instead of making it dry with just the news, give them the views and all the funda that they need and why they should/should not do so!

    Chrono Cr@cker

    February 28, 2006 at 4:32 am

  15. […] Looking at Atariboy’s post gave me the inspiration to write this article. This topic has been the storm of a recent controversy with a recent poll indicating that Blogs are dying and soon they will be no more. x). Now I’ve heard really silly things from “Google OS” to “Use your mind to search Google” but this is terribly ridiculous. I agree with Dave who says that to say Blogging is dead is like saying Email or IM or Telephone is dead. Infact I can and will go one step further to proclaim that to say that Blogging is dead is like saying Goodbye to the web itself. Blogs have long shed the “Personal Diary” tag and today as we move towards web 2.0, an integral force in keeping the people together are blogs, without a doubt! […]

  16. http://chronotron.wordpress.com/2006/02/28/blogs-same-news-blogospheres-death/

    Gr8 post chrono, i agree with everything you said, and i really dont think blogging is dying either.

    That was exactly the thing i was trying to say, blog interesting and different stuff, and if you do blog the stuff you see everywhere, make it stand head and shoulders about the rest, put some opinions in, make it different to just copying or quoting someone else.

    Atariboy

    February 28, 2006 at 9:44 am

  17. Wow…. Strongbad, that brings me back a while. The memories of when I was in 2nd year (around 14) and always watched the episodes. My friend’s email once got selected… I think. Good times….

    crazybarbour

    February 28, 2006 at 10:39 pm


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