If you want to read about your interest areas (and not general news), this post is meant for you.
Have been wanting to talk about it for quite some time now. I started reading blogs around 3 months back and I realized in this short time that this way of consuming information, gyan as well experiences is the easiest and fastest. If you are already reading this, I know you don’t probably need this but still here is a quick list on why I read blogs:
Get expert perspectives and opinions.
- Very few field experts actually get covered by journalists in news papers, magazines. Its not about on-line vs offline, but blogs vs everything else.
- The frequency at which an expert talks in his own blog is much higher than any other media.
Get to know latest studies, discoveries, inventions, important personalities in the interest area.
- This one is obvious. At the same time, this may be as good as other online media.
Get an opportunity to directly interact with the blog author especially in context of the blog.
- This is not always the case, at the same time such opportunities are rare otherwise. Also, in-case of a blog the context is already defined, so it becomes much easier to interact and be precise as well as concise.
- I love this one. You dont have to pay $$ for magazines, articles, journals, reports. In some cases, you may want to spend the money but un-less you are that serious about your interest and you are willing to spend, blogs come in really handy.
Informal and un-adulterated.
- This makes it much easier for you to relate to and get the exact feelings, opinions the expert may wants to express.
Very easily accessible.
- Open your google reader or any other css reader and thats it.
- You may also like to have mail subscription so that you get the content into your mailbox which you can access offline as well.
- There are wonderful apps for mobile devices as well, which allow zooming-in, text flow-ability and offline access.
Very low time investment.
- It takes me about 5-15 minutes to scan through a blog post and the return on this investment is very high most of the times.
Very easily manageable
- You can keep track of “toRead” and “already read” posts through your css reader, mailbox and other online tools as well. Compare this to offline-media and there is no way to do this except writing down your own notes in a notepad, which sucks big time. I tried maintaining a list of offline print media articles I wanted to read and it just did not work on a regular basis. In a very short time, I lost track and stopped doing the housekeeping just because it was so hard and took so much care and diligence from my side.