It’s been a long time coming, with the deluge of technology content that I “read” on a regular basis. Engadget, Gizmodo, Xbitlabs, The Verge, AnandTech, Neowin, Ars Technica, CNet, PocketNow, BGR; they all populated my feed reader. That’s not even mentioning the spiderweb of links that go from those sites, out. Most of the content is not original (meaning, a short blurb of largely personal opinion, followed by a link elsewhere). And more than that, the quality and integrity of most of the content was completely in the gutter.
When the primary goal is to increase the number of eyeballs on your publication, be it for ad revenues or something else, the only reason for any level of investigative integrity is to ensure readers don’t become completely disenchanted with nonsensical content (and sometimes that’s an attraction, in of itself) and go elsewhere. Today, too much content is generated without the least bit of investigation, insight or integrity. A superficial scrape of the most obvious facts is then spun into a headline and content that is most likely to grab a reader’s attention, reality be damned. I’m tired of reading it all.
So, I spent some time migrating from a service that laid out extreme amounts of content well (Netvibes) to something that’s a bit more focused on reading (Google Reader) and cut back the number of subscribed feeds. Beyond that, I’ve also put an increased focus on some insightful, personal sites, where the content is less tainted by crazed pursuit of views. Here’s what’s in my reader now:
- The Verge
- Ars Technica
- Rands in Repose
- Scott Hanselman
- ongoing by Tim Bray
- Yanko Design
- A List Apart
- Reuters Global Markets
One category I’m trying to fill out is photography. Any ideas? I’d love a photo technique or C&C blog to follow.