Media Monday Edmonton: Update #13

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

I wonder how much people actually like “link” or “notes” posts. They seem to be quite prominent in the local blogosphere lately. I usually do my Edmonton Notes and these media notes, Sharon does her food notes, Scott does Hitting the Links, Karen usually does a media roundup, Linda has been posting her Clicks of the Day, Dave posts Alberta Political Notes, the edmontonian posts headlines each weekday, The Charrette posts a weekly news roundup, and I’m sure there are more that I’m missing. They’re not necessarily easier to write than single-topic posts, in fact they can actually take quite a bit of time and effort. They are easy to consume, however. Thoughts?

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So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

  • I find “link” or “note” posts great because of its ease of consumption, as you say! That’s as a blog visiter. As a blog, “links”-type of writer, I agree it takes a lot of time out of my day but I find it’s worth it. It’s surprising how many people have told me they like my clicks (even though I never get any comments, lol!) I love your media notes, Mack! 

    • I found the same, that my roundup-style posts receive far less comments than other posts. Thanks for reading, keep up the great work!

  • I really like the ‘links’ posts – I look forward to your weekly roundup and the Edmontonians daily posts.

  • Anonymous

    I like roundups because they save me time and bring my attention to stuff I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Twitter is still the best aggregator of links I want to read, but I consistently read Media Monday, your weekly Edmonton notes and the edmontonian to catch up.

    Two possible reasons you might not get a lot of comments on roundups: 1. You’re providing utility rather than something to chew on, so there’s not much to comment on; 2. You might be linking to such interesting stuff that you lose your readers, temporarily. I find myself going down the rabbit-hole sometimes. I don’t think that’s a big deal, because as long as you’re useful to me, I’ll come back.

  • Timely notes on the roundups (for me anyway) since tomorrow is my second year of doing the Headlines. I’ve found that they don’t always get much in the way of comments, except from a handful of regulars, but that they are always something mentioned when people talk to me about the website.

    I’ve also found that whenever I try to engage readers on something outside of the stories being linked to (such as whether they use RSS to access the site, what kinds of stories they’re interested in, etc…) I get a larger response in comments and tweets. They’re out there.

    I also appreciate that you mention these kinds of posts aren’t any easier to write than stories. I could churn out a full newscast for radio before finishing up the Headlines.

    There’s also room for all of the roundup posts you mentioned (and others yet to come) because they all focus on something different or specific. I wonder if anyone is doing a sports one…

    • There are all kinds of topics that I’d love to see in recaplet form…sports, fashion (which City & Dale has started doing), non-profits, etc.

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