There is a real art to content curation. Not only do you have to find worthy content, but you have to find a way to deliver that to your audience. This is not as easy as it sounds.
Following are my top 12 sources for mind-blowing information.
1. Doug Rice
You may not know this, but regular 12 Most contributor Doug Rice curates the best reads on his blog every month. He creates a reading schedule for his clients, one article a day. To make it even easier, you can subscribe to the Scoop.it RSS feed to get the updates daily.
2. Jan Rajtoral
His design blog has literally blown my mind. I love the weekend when the author does his Twitter roundup.
3. Maria Popova
Maria Popova, author of Brainpickings, is one of the most well-known curators online. For good reason. The best curators are the ones that can find and connect us to obscure resources. I think Maria does an amazing job at bringing these buried links to us. She is also the author of the curators code.
4. 12 Most
We cannot forget 12 Most. The posts are phenomenal and the topics diverse. No two writers tackle the same subject with similar perspectives. It gives us a chance to see things from another point of view. Plus… disagreements make for great comments.
I know that Lisa Barone has left Outspoken Media, but she left an archive of amazing links. Check out the “Reading Nuggets” category and find some great resources. Of course, you can follow her on Twitter too.
7. Daily Infographic
The world cannot get enough of these. Subscribe to the Daily Infographic and get your fix.
8. Kristi Hines
Every week Kristi Hines offers “Fetching Friday.” These are so popular that she offers a separate RSS feed to subscribe to updates.
9. Sonia Winland
Sonia of “Logallot” shares great content. She has an eye for spotting the most informative blogs. I trust her instincts. I also appreciate her blogger spotlights that introduce me to new writers.
Are you itching for a new business idea? Springwise has found some of the best ones. It is very inspiring to read what they have gathered.
11. Michael Stevens
Michael Stevens, aka the Bearded Nun from “Key of Awesome,” has a YouTube channel called VSAUCE. This is truly for the science inclined. Common topics are math, physics, astronomy and cognitive psychology. He also shares some geeky pop culture gifts via LÜT, my favorite show.
12. QI Elves
QI is the most popular show you have never seen (if you live outside Europe). It is a quiz show were guests have to answer trivia questions in the most interesting way they can. The facts presented are so obscure that points are given if they can come up with a humorous response. The show tweets quite interesting trivia from its Twitter account.
What sources have you found? Share your favorites in the comments.
Featured image courtesy of @Doug88888 via Creative Commons.
@lisabuben290 Thanks for understanding Lisa. I spend so much time trying to sort things through out the day. I have cut back my blog reading to friends and a few favorites. I try to keep tabs on news by following good curators. It is the only way to keep on top of changes in Technology and my business.
Hello Susan, nice list of writers. With all due respect however my understanding of content curation is not about writing posts/weekly round up then sharing snippets of those posts on one page. Maybe I'm misinformed. Content curation, much like museum curation, is finding, collecting, categorizing and selectively displaying works of art, not necessarily yours. It's time consuming no doubt...The reason I mentioned this is I noticed a few people you include are wonderful writers but they are not what I consider curators per say.
@SEOcopy Disagreements are very welcome. To clarify you are saying taking one piece of work, sharing, and going in-depth about it instead of just presenting a snippet? Like Open Culture who shares one resource and then writes a blog post around it.
This is certainly something for me to think about.
I personally see round-ups to be a crucial aspect of content curation. My definition differs in that I consider it anyone that can cut through the noise and bring good resources to light. Perhaps you could write a response on 12most and share curators from your point of view. That could be an awesome post.
@Peg Fitzpatrick I thought it was kind of a weird topic and that it might bomb. I think of it like everything else I do. If I cannot read everything, then I better find ways to be smarter about what I do read. These 12 have been a great resource,personally, for me. There are many others out there and I have my secondary go tos too.
@annedreshfield I am always keeping my eyes out for good sources of information. there should be a blog dedicated to people who can find the stuff others can't. It takes effort to share more than just the most popular links.
Hey Susan, thank you so much for the mention here! I am so honored and glad I know you. I don't know the other bloggers except Kristi and will have to check them all out. Again, thanks for including on this list alongside some great bloggers. You made my day girl!