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How Should We Improve Blogging Diversity on Neatorama?

I’ve been blogging for 5 years now, and throughout the years, I haven’t paid much attention to blogging awards – the Webby, the bloggies and so on – especially as the same usual suspects keep on appearing on the list.

So I was pleasantly surprised when Marilyn (AKA The Nag), sent me the link to the 2010 Canadian Blog Awards (yes, she’s a finalist and yes, I voted for her).

The blogs that appear on this particular award remind me of the good ol’ days of blogging, which involve browsing a lot of obscure blogs to find the nuggets that end up as posts on Neatorama.

It’s *a lot* of work going through all those blogs, and over the years, many bloggers (yours truly included) have developed a list of “go to” blogs and websites to find stuff to post about. Efficiency goes up, but the downside is that I feel we lose a bit (or a lot) of variety (James Mowry of Techi complained that the reason the blogosphere is sooo lame is that everything is the same).

Indeed, there’s a pressure to cover whatever is hot at the moment, even though it’s been covered everywhere else. Sometimes things that we found go viral, so it seems like we did a me-too post. I don’t know if everything *is* the same on the blogosphere (a survey would be interesting), but it sure feels like it sometimes (some of you’ve had lengthy discussions with me about the evolution of Neatorama’s blog posts and the diversity of our sources).

So Neatoramanauts, let me ask you what you think: what can we do to improve diversity and highlight good (but obscure) microblogs? Should we create the Obbies (the Obscure Blog Awards)? Or is blogging diversity good enough on the blog and we should leave things as they are?

Links: Canadian Blog Awards by Jonathan Kleiman, where you can vote for Nag on the Lake if you want to; the list itself is worthy of browsing (that’s where I found XOXO Jess, the source of the post below). Good luck, Marilyn!

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October 24th, 2010

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