You’re aware of Sturgeon’s Law, yes? 90% of anything is crud, or as more often quoted “crap”.
Are most blogs crap? According to Sturgeons law, yep. As are forums, websites, pages on the internet, and so on and so on.
But I’m glad all those things exists.
The “great 10%” is published somewhere. The trick is to be able to find it quickly without having to spend time wading through the junk.
All those people who already use blog aggregators should switch off now, but for those who don’t, I think this is one thing that will really help you cut down on information overload, and greatly increase your ability to find stuff.
How will using a blog aggregator help you? A blog aggregator allows you to scan hundreds of headlines very quickly. And the best part is, that those headlines come to you, and you’ve selected where they come from. You can “read” hundreds of blogs a day in under 10 minutes, and you don’t need to go searching. Much.
Grab an aggregator (I use Bloglines, you may prefer something else) and subscribe to a few blogs. That’s it. Each day, the information will flow past you like a river. No need to manage/delete messages, like with email subscription lists. The posts will refresh often.
Bloglines made my research a lot easier, a lot more productive, and a lot less time consuming.
It is one “search” tool I couldn’t do without.