Content content everywhere, not a drop to consume! Well, that sounded a little too dramatic, but honestly, the fact is that there is a whole lot of content on the Internet today. Considering that there is so much already out there, is it still a good thing to create content? Or should you rather be the good guy, do some hard work and curate content?
I’ve always faced this question with my blog on startups, TheTechPanda.com. While I am still not sure as to what the best practice is, I am getting inclined towards the curation part. With a lack of quality writers who’d also be passionate about the topic, no doubt curation seems a better way forward.
Here’s why content curation makes sense:
1. Become a thought leader
This is one of the biggest benefits of curation. To be a good curator, you have to go through a lot of content. And I mean a lot of content. This not only helps you expand your knowledge on the topic but also helps you establish yourself as a thought leader in that field. Since you’ll have to stay on top of the industry news and trends, your audiences will keep coming back to you and will look up to you.
2. Become a community builder
Well, curation often leads to conversations and discussions. In fact, sometimes even the other way around. It is an excellent way to get involved in communities and participate actively in groups related to your industry. You can soon start such discussions yourself and become the talk of the town, online of course!
3. Make great friends
Being a curator will definitely get you a lot of friends. Many of them will be your readers who follow you because they are interested in the topics that you curate. Many of them will be content creators who appreciate the fact that you recognize their content among all that there is on the web. All in all, you’ll make some new connections that will be a starting point to long lasting relationships.
And the best part,
4. Curation can save you some time
I don’t say that curation is an easy task. If you have to be good at it, you’ll have to work really hard. But, honestly, having run a content business for more than two years now, I know how difficult it is to create content. That’s when curation becomes necessary.