The Evils of Blogging Round-ups

18 Jul

One of the more popular blog posts recently has been the round-up.  There are all these great articles out there, so why not link to them on our blogs, for our readers reading pleasure?

There are in fact sites and blogs entirely devoted to this sort of passing on of value.  And they’re very useful.

But when I see this kind of post on a blog I’ve been following, which used to be 100% original content, it makes me rage.  Like, that sneaky, cheating bastard in a cloak head-shitted me while I was grabbing a soda rage.  If you’ve ever played an fps, you’ll know what I mean.

But why do I rage?  Because, I am terminally behind on my blog reading.  I’m always distracted or having to switch between email accounts (thanks Uni) to get to my reader.  In fact, yesterday, I had 444 blogs posts from 30-odd sites waiting for me.  And I went to one of my favorite blogs, and half the posts were round-ups, with another 20 or so links for me to read.

And because I am a little bit OCD that way, I spent five hours reading all of them.  And I found some great posts, and added some awesome new blogs to my reader.  But I was still raging.

And so, as turn-about is fair play, I will attempt, despite my terrible organozational skills, to begin my own Round-up posts every Friday–which seems to be the most popular day.  And I will find such awesome, under-the-radar material, that you will never be able to skip them.  Because I love you, and I want you to feel the way I do.

And also because it’s a really easy way to fill up a post with content, and I am lazy and over-worked.

Happy Raging, Readers.

Your Bestest Pal,


Posted by on July 18, 2011 in atsiko, Blogging


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6 responses to “The Evils of Blogging Round-ups

  1. Arlee Bird

    July 18, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    I can see where the round-up posts can be helpful, but like you I’m already way behind in keeping up with things and don’t need anymore blogs to read. I sometimes will check out some of the links if they sound intriguing enough, but usually I just ignore the round-up links and move along to another blog.

    Tossing It Out

    • atsiko

      July 18, 2011 at 9:27 PM

      I can’t skip stuff. It’s just not possible for me. I blew through about 500 posts yesterday. XD

      • Arlee Bird

        July 18, 2011 at 9:36 PM

        That is truly amazing! I find it personally impressive when I break 100 posts. How long do you stay at the computer to go through 500? How many do you read? Comment on?

        Tossing It Out

      • atsiko

        July 18, 2011 at 10:58 PM

        It usually takes me about an hour per 100 posts. But I don’t read all of them, since they aren’t all relevant to me. It’s probably more like 70 or 80 an hour if I’m really going and they aren’t supe long.

  2. Jessica M

    July 25, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    I feel your pain! I cringe every time I unwillingly sign up to yet another blog, but you never know what you may glean from them. And what other blogs open up through their posts. I read through my posts sporadically but they eventually get done by the end of every Saturday. Don’t sweat it if you miss some though!

    But anyway, wanted to say that I truly enjoy your round-ups — you create the lists cleverly and they’re easy on the eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    • atsiko

      July 25, 2011 at 8:54 PM

      G;ad you enjoyed it. Random lists of links are boring to me. You should be able to learn something just by what is the current trend in blog topics.


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