As I mull over the future of Bilerico Project, one of the things that always stands out to me is our coverage of straight news versus our opinion and longer form analysis pieces. Our rise to fame came from our more in-depth posts and we've never been too good at getting breaking news on the site quickly.
Frankly, my thinking has always been that if 20 LGBT blogs all report the same story with the same facts, who's going to stop and read it on the 21st blog? Since most of the sites usually run with a few sentences and a blockquote from another news source, these type of posts aren't really original, they don't add to a discussion or analysis, and, well, they're boring as hell to write.
I enjoy doing original reporting, but this regurgitation of popular news stories just isn't something I (or most of our contributors) am interested in doing. I'd rather have fewer posts on the site that are more widely read than a ton of aggregated news stories that get no traffic and spur no conversations.
To solve the problem, we're going to try out a new feature called "What You Need to Know." We'll do a simple roundup of top news bits from around the web so everyone can check out the original sources of news stories. This way we can go back to concentrating on what we do best - original reporting, opinion pieces, and news analysis - while still touching on the relevant news and including some space for less popular interesting tidbits. It'll also give us a chance to link to other sites more - especially some of the smaller folks who'd love the extra traffic.
So what do you think of this idea? Do you come to Bilerico for news blurbs or the opinion/analysis and original reporting?
First installment is after the break.