The roundup. On the web, this takes the form of a blog post where the author links out to a batch of stories – generally on other sites – with quick summaries of why they’re worth reading. They’re powerful posts when put together by people with good taste.
Here are three that are done well, in my opinion:
David Brauer’s Daily Glean: David Brauer of Minnpost.com – a Minnesota based news site – runs a daily summary of the most interesting Minnesota-centric reporting he finds hitting his Google Reader at the crack of dawn each weekday. His 3-5 sentence summaries include a glimpse into the back story of the stories being covered. Being “gleaned” is quickly becoming a badge of honor for Minnesota journalists who are recognized for particularly interesting reporting.
Rebecca Kelley’s SEO Roundup: The SEO industry can be a tricky one to follow online since there is a fire hose of content created each week and much of it is total crap due to self-promotion or misinformation. Rebecca manages to pick out the truly worthy gems weekly for the SEOMoz Blog.
Erica Mauter’s Minneapolis Metblogs Roundup: While Brauer focuses on the news of the day at MinnPost, Mauter gathers lists of gatherings such a local sporting events, the arts scene, new restaurant openings, and political events worth checking out.
What do they all have in common?
– They’re on top of their topics of interest.
– They love to share.
– They have great senses of humor.
– They’re generous linkers.
Who would you add to this list? Does someone in your industry or geography fit the profile of a great roundup blogger?