When I ask people that I meet if they’re into technology, I always ask about their favorite web sites. If I find a tech geek, I’ll always ask if they frequent jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo, or Engadget, the site that led me to GottaBeMobile. The strange thing is, most folks that I encounter have never heard of Engadget. I remember asking a guy who worked at CompUSA if he’d heard of Engadget. He replied, “Is that a new computer?” That got me wondering just how mainstream are the tech blogs that I visit everyday?
Part of my early morning ritual is checking my round of sites to see what’s new in the global and tech worlds. In fact, I usually keep my browser open with the blogs I enjoy in different tabs. I enjoy refreshing my blogs to see how the content changes. The beauty of the blogs I visit is that there is usually one new post. Even if it’s a post that I’m not interested in, I enjoy seeing that there is new content. A simple Google search reveals the impact that blogs are having on journalism, news content, the tech world, and the way people communicate.
Here are a few observations about blogs:
- They haven’t contributed to a delay of instant gratification, a core value of the US society.
- I like the fact that most posts are to the point. I don’t want to read a book to figure out the main idea. Give me the details first.
- Most sites recycle the same story, and I usually read the one that has the sharpest images or bullet points.
- I hate that many public schools block all blogs as a catch-all. Many blogs are newsworthy and educational.
- They are a great place to see different perspectives on the same topic. Each blog contributor has a unique style and commentary.
So, what web site or person led you to GottaBeMobile.com, and what sites are a part of your daily ritual?