Old Reddit Link: https://old.reddit.com/r/hnblogs/|
Inspired by this post earlier this week: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23237559, I thought we could make blog discovery easier by having a place to find interesting, unusual, niche, or really any kind of non-marketing blogs that are posted by the people that write them.
There are a ton of interesting blogs on the web, probably more than there were when the web was new, but even though there's more they're a smaller percentage of the total internet and hard to find.
Search engines fail to help with this for a lot of reasons. They're both not incentivized to find this kind of non-ad, non-sales content, and there are lots of sophisticated actors trying to game search engines to show their own content.
Regular people just writing interesting blogs who don't have an interest in SEO will be lost in that shuffle.
HN and Reddit are great for link aggregations, but rely on submissions and upvotes which skew things to more generally popular content. The volume of posts also make it hard to compete (even though I really like HN and find the content interesting).
The restriction to only allow posts from the authors of the blogs should help and the writer can interact with the community.
The end goal is to generate a wiki on Reddit reminiscent of old 90s 'portal' pages with curated links to interesting content.
We have a small initial community from my HN comment on that other post (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23239999), but if you write a blog and want to join please do!