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I think that a general "dumb aggregator" would be a decent idea and there may be demand for one. I think the problem is that this strategy quickly devolves into pretty low-quality content and may end up being more trouble to search through than its worth.
When I started YachtBlogs, I had actually intended to just aggregate all sailing blogs, regardless of content. But, as I added blogs to the list, it became apparent that 5% of the blogs are excellent, 80% are decent, and the rest are pretty awful. So, the selection process was installed as a way to filter out the sludge at the bottom as a tradeoff to make the site more usable. The other issue is that the worst blogs, the bottom 15% really don't post that often at all, have very little readership, and therefore an aggregator won't really do much for these blogs (since they rarely post).
Some of the things that we're implementing at YachtBlogs over the coming weeks and months include:
- A custom RSS feed (you opt-in to emails and select only the blogs you want to follow).
- Email updates / Daily / Weekly Digests of the blogs you choose to follow.
- Yacht Profile Pages: Users will be able to claim their yacht's page on YachtBlogs and will take control of the page. They can add photos, post status updates, notes, and even blog directly on the site. The profile pages (which are now the category pages) are transitioning from static blog-aggregation pages to live, interactive yacht profiles: This is going to be very cool, I promise.
- We're also introducing a Burgee program that users can display on their blogs to show how many followers/readers they have on their YachtBlogs page.
Hopefully these things add value for you, the reader. As a result, we will be able to syndicate content from more blogs because of the filtering mechanisms that we will create.
Hope you like it!
Founder - YachtBlogs.com