In order to create consistency and ensure a steady flow of blog posts for their readers, some bloggers choose to auto-post their newest del.icio.us links. I am definitely not a big fan of this technique. In fact, I think it’s lazy and reduces the overall perception of the blog.
In my case, I would rather not post at all than post a set of del.icio.us links. I truly believe that posting bad content (which I consider these links) is worse than posting no content at all. Quality needs to be at the forefront. If fresh content cannot be contrived, then a sentence or two should accompany each link to give it some level of editorial value.
Obviously, many will disagree with my view as auto-posting is quite widespread within the blogosphere. In any case, whenever I come across a link post in my RSS reader, 99% of the time I’ll just skip over it. Blog posts are meant to spur discussions and create conversations. A list of links isn’t very interesting or engaging. Instead of a blog post, a quick Tweet may be a better way to share links and generate reader engagement.
If you have no idea what this post was about, visit this Maple Leaf 2.0 post by my friend Tris Hussey. We have an ongoing, amicable ‘feud’ with respect to the topic. I’d love to hear Tris’ rebuttal via a trackback post.