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Following up on my post yesterday, on lesser-known bloggers, I’ve had quite a few comments come my way, some via the blog, some via e-mail, some face-to-face. I liked Cornelius’s suggestion the most:

You could pick one day per week/month/year and review one or more new blogs that you find noteworthy and under-appreciated on that day. Get the bloggers mentioned to write similar posts and have everyone use the same technorati tag; something like “LongTailTuesdays” or a similar catchphrase.

Something about the suggestion made me feel it would have more “legs” than a chain-letter or “list of five” approach, that a tag-based ritual would somehow be more sustainable.

So what I thought we’d do is the following:

Every now and then, choose a blog that, in your opinion, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Introduce it to your community. Keep the intro short. Tag it NewTailBlog.

How often should you do it? Up to you. No rules.

Which blogs should you pick? Up to you. No rules.

Let the tags do their work. Let the blogosphere do its work.

And see what happens.

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  1. bobby says

    the best way to pick a lesser known blog is to search by a topic related to what youre thinking that day,,, there are enough good blog search tools to help you find the blogs…
    another good idea is to comment on lesser known blogs… comments are always aopppreciated by bloggers

    JP can you get rid of the Snap pop-up, it’s annoying :)

  2. sri says

    or could you turn it off atleast for
    internal links please

  3. JP says

    Bobby, Sri, it should be off by now. Just thought I’d try it out, looks like Snap didn’t work out. Thanks for the feedback.

  4. John Dodds says

    Isn’t this what we do anyway? Or are you highlighting the fact that many bloggers are intent on personal aggrandisement rather than genuine interaction?

  5. JP says

    I think many of us do this, but when I read Scoble’s post (which brought back all the memories of the A List debate some months ago) I realised that maybe we don’t do enough.

    So I thought I’d do my bit. This is not about technorati ranking, not even about linking, just about exposure. And access. And community.

    No blog is an island.

  6. Sunil Bajpai says

    The tag would work, if the bloggers do what you suggest.

    But would they do it? What’s in it for them? That is, would the idea catch on with bloggers? Of course, nobody can predict these things. If it works out cool and if it doesn’t, nice try!

  7. Amit Agarwal says

    Brilliant idea..

  8. Siddhartha says

    The idea is benign as well as useful.

  9. Sid says

    Your premise is that your blog is one worth reading , and there lies the fallacy of your argument.

  10. Vi says

    I generally find great blogs by following links posted on other blogs and add them to my own blogroll, because they deserve to be read…but this is great; I might do it. Thanks for the idea =)

  11. Damien Mulley says

    On the Irish Blog Awards site –, I have a “New Blogs on the Block” post every Monday which links to Irish bloggers who have just started out or not very well know. It seems to work well. I’ll add NewTailBlog as a tag to it from now on.

  12. Stephen Smoliar says

    I do not know if Sid was trying to be positively or negatively argumentative, but there is an important positive spin to what he said. The bottom line is that, even within the restricted confines that have grown up around this particular blog, I doubt that there is very much (any?) agreement over what is “worth reading.” The reason I subscribe to THE NEW YORK REVIEW is that there are just too damned many books to read, and even advice from those who know me best is often a waste of my time. So I invest a good chunk of my reading cycles in reading about WHAT I MIGHT WANT TO READ; and, because I uses THE NEW YORK REVIEW as my primary source, I tend to come away far better informed for the experience.

    Now I doubt that anything like THE NEW YORK REVIEW will emerge over the current state of blog content. Let’s face it, for most of the bloggers out there, the blog is the easiest form of vanity press; so it would be a waste of everyone’s time to write about this sort of thing the way THE NEW YORK REVIEW writes about Niall Ferguson’s latest book. As to what I write in my own blog, I certainly recognize the vanity factor; but what counts more for me is the “rehearsal” factor. Since I still put a lot of work into writing for peer-reviewed publications, I like having a nice hypertext environment in which I can work out half-baked thoughts while linking them to their relevant sources. This becomes a useful resource when I then set myself to my REAL writing. (I used to write into Usenet newsgroups the same way.) It also affords me the discipline of writing SOMETHING every day (on the average), even if it is a commonplace-book entry of a quotation that really appeal to me.

  13. vik and viraf says

    send us your number cigar eater

  14. vik and viraf says

    speed it up

Continuing the Discussion

  1. Frequently-updated sites I recommend because they don’t get the attention they deserve « Dominic Sayers linked to this post on November 21, 2006

    […] So, Confused of Calcutta has suggested that people who do blog should recommend other sites that don’t get the attention they deserve. If you are interested in some good reading that is outside the Technorati A-list then check out my blog roll. All these sites have passed my personal litmus test of quality, and I shrink from including A-listers because they don’t really need my link and I’m not a sheep kind of person. More of a goat really. […]

  2. CorpBlawg » JP Rangaswami and the NewTailBlog avalanche linked to this post on November 21, 2006

    […] Yesterday JP Rangaswami proposed what you could call a grassroots initiative to generate more interest in new and yet-unnoticed bloggers. I love the idea (well, I admit, partly because I suggested it) and I’m looking forward to presenting a few of my daily reads here soon. JP’s own blog, by the way, is one that you should definitly be reading if you’re interested in what the unboxed digital society looks like. […]

  3. DesiPundit » Archives » Tailblogs linked to this post on November 24, 2006

    […] JP at Confused Of Calcutta hits upon an idea to promote lesser known bloggers, who don’t get the attention they deserve. [hat tip: Peter] […]

  4. Selective Amnesia » NewTailBlog linked to this post on November 26, 2006

    […] The right honourable Zigzackly brings to our notice this post from Confused Of Calcutta, called New Tail Blog. We like the idea. We’ll also add, humbly, that we have in our own way, been helping bring to light some of our friends’s blogs for a long time now. Still, as we’ve mentioned, we like the idea, and so, we will post our own version of the New Tail Blog. […]

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