Bloggers in every business niche, especially real estate, often find themselves intimidated by the “task” of writing five articles per week for their blog. Even though the ever changing, and often daunting, aspect of technology used to produce a successful blog is the real challenge to new bloggers. The fact remains that many people resign themselves to the misconception that they could never find enough material to write about on an ongoing basis. Fear based thinking which paralyzes the thought process often gets in the way of new bloggers joining the blogishere.
Mining for content through email in-boxes, reading blogs, reading acclaimed syndicated media outlets, and perusing hyper local news sources for content are all solid methods to finding subject matter. The best idea to aggregate all of these sources is to implement a feed reader, something akin to creating your own customized newspaper, and use it on a daily basis.
One of the newest and best sources to find “hot” news on the internet and in the blogishere is a site called Popurls. According to Guy Kawasaki’s article “Reality Check: Popurls: “. . . a site that aggregates feeds from the likes of Digg, del.icio.us, Reddit, Flickr, Stumbleupon, Slashdot, Google News, ifilm, BoingBoing, Fark, etc. This enables you to see, on one page, what much of the Internet is buzzing about—think of it as an Internet “dashboard.”
I agree with Mr. Kawasaki on what I perceive is the major value to bloggers when considering using Popurls: functionality in compact and rich presentation. The “dashboard” description is a good one. The reader of Popurls can quickly and simply peruse through the major social networking sites, news sites (google news-yahoo news-netscape.com), video sites (youtube-ifilm.com-odeo.com-metacafe-videosift) and it concludes with a very cool “Quickies” section with everything from the “Animal House” like Onion to the serious Techcrunch.com. And for the Twitter junkies, there is a twitter section at the very bottom of the “dashboard.”
If you have been pondering the idea of writing a blog or if you currently author a blog, check out Popurls for the freshest content/source available. This rich aggregation of many of today’s most popular sites is a welcome weapon for any writer in the quest to bring fresh and appealing articles to their readers.