Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance colleague Patrick Patten at Handride reminded us once again this week that he’s not a big fan of Equidaily. He argued that it makes no sense for readers to rely on one site for racing news, and he pointed out that the site has included links to a variety of Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance sites in recent days.
Agree or disagree with Patrick’s perspective, his posts on Equidaily frequently invite spirited conversation in the comments, and this latest prompted me to think about why I am a fan of Seth Merrow’s link-aggregating website.
To get the obvious out of the way, and to perhaps pre-empt any lobs that might be directed towards me that suggest that self-interest guides my opinion: Equidaily regularly links to Brooklyn Backstretch, and for that I am grateful. More than a few readers have told me that they first became aware of this site through Equidaily, and that free publicity is invaluable.
And I know Seth and like him; his site is a reflection of the way he thinks about racing, writing, and media, and our conversations on those topics are one of many bright spots in a Saratoga summer.
However: I checked Equidaily before I met Seth and before Brooklyn Backstretch even existed, so my appreciation for the site pre-dates both my friendship with him and any benefits this site derived from Equidaily’s recognition.
I’m a fan of Equidaily because it does a lot of work so that I don’t have to. I don’t have to set up Google alerts on racing and wade through a lot of irrelevant or uninteresting links; I can go to one website, check headlines, and nearly always discover an article or a post that I would likely otherwise have missed.
I’m a fan of Equidaily because it draws from a wide variety of sources–the big trades; tiny local papers in far-off locales; blogs—and highlights a wide variety of racing topics, from gambling to breeding to marketing to media to news.
I’m a fan of Equidaily because as far as I can tell, it was the first site to grant widespread recognition and credibility to blogs. Links to writing by bloggers is mixed in with links to writing by professionals, and Equidaily regularly raises the profile of both new and established bloggers. I can’t speak for any of the other writers, but the traffic at Brooklyn Backstretch gets a healthy spike when Seth posts a link to it.
Of course Patrick is right: nobody should rely on any one source for news for any kind. The good news is that nobody has to. For one person’s view of what’s out there and interesting, you can check Equidaily. For a more open collection of blogs and other writing, you’ve got Raceday 360, over which Jessica Chapel exercises little editorial control. For original content, links to mainstream media and a few blogs, and a regular dose of titillation, you’ve got the Paulick Report. For the latest from the writers of the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance, you can get its feed, which exclusively lists our writing.
In the last few days, links to nearly twenty posts by Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance writers have appeared on Equidaily; we benefit directly from the site. In the spirit of looking back as we approach the end of the year, Equidaily would certainly make my list of the best in racing 2008.