Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets Part Two: Following other Blogs

November 18, 2011 by
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In this latest edition of Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets, I’d like to discuss the hundreds of other sites out there similar to Green Bay Consumer.

When I started my original website, I think I followed more than 50 money-saving blogs and websites, trying to find the best online deals to share with readers here in Northeastern Wisconsin.   I was so afraid of missing a deal!  This summer, after a post of mine went viral (which, BTW, was a VERY cool thing), I discovered at least 100 other sites that I had never heard of!  As time has passed and literally hundreds of new sites have popped up, I find myself  now following less than ten money-saving sites.  That’s it!

Why the big change? Two words: information overload.  My head was ready to implode from the amount of stuff I sifted through!  Even with my RSS feed, on any given day I had more than 1000 posts to read from other bloggers.  Add that in to the other content I have on my Google Reader and it was about 2-3 hours of reading, even when skimming just the titles of posts.  And you know what?  Most of the stuff was repeated on umpteen different sites.  Who  needs to read the same stuff 20 times?  Not me.

Also, bloggers all have the same resources, the sources that I now know about and use on a daily basis.   They rarely come up with something that I haven’t seen.   Before I knew about these resources, I would find a deal.  Let’s say on Amazon.com.  I’d write about it and then the following day or two a bigger blogger would also mention it.  Frustrated me to no end.  So I asked a big-name blog about it and found out the “tricks of the trade”, so to speak. I no longer have to scrounge for those deals, the deals now come to me. (And I’ll tell you where to get that information in our next installment of Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets).

Another reason I only follow a few sites is because I don’t like to regurgitate what every other blog and their mother is doing.   One of the reasons I started my site was to bring something unique to the readers of Northeastern Wisconsin, not regurgitate the latest Old Navy coupon code.  I think I’ve got more than enough content to share with the Green Bay Consumer readers with local sales, events and consumer-related articles.  Some days there’s so much I can’t get to it all!

One of the first sites I’ve ever used and continue to use is Coupons, Deals and More.  Ann advises people to follow ten money-saving blogs so you get an overall look at the deals out in cyberspace.   I think that’s a good rule of thumb.  Here’s my list which is found under “Favorite Sites” on Green Bay Consumer: (Psst.  You’ll also find other cool sites listed on there, too, not just these!)

Regional sites:
My partners in crime :-)
Eau Claire Consumer
Madison Consumer
Milwaukee Consumer

Creative Couponing:  Copps sales match-ups come from here and is Minnesota-based. I  have such admiration for Karen because those Copps ads can be a major pain to put together with all those different sales and coupon booklets and games!
Pocket Your Dollars (Minnesota-based) Carrie (and Laura) have very strict criteria for what is posted.  So if you see a deal on PYD, you know it’s not a 15% off deal, it really is a good deal.
Rose Knows Coupons Wisconsin-based.  Rose rocks!  She does all the stuff that I don’t have time for right now.  Must be nice to have all your kids in school, Rose!  I’m still tripping over two of my four kids during the day (JUST KIDDING!) As I was saying, I will more often than not just post Rose’s link to a deal on the Green Bay Consumer Facebook page due to lack of time on my part.  We Sconnies have to stick together.

National Deal Sites:
Common Sense With Money (did you know this big-name blog actually got it’s start in Plymouth, Wisconsin?)
Coupons, Deals and More (I think of Ann as my godmother; I love the way she writes about deals and how she runs her site)
Hip to Save
Mojo Savings
Money Saving Mom

By streamlining my resources instead of following a ton of sites, I may not get you every deal out there, but will continue to bring you the best deals out there.  Who has time to read that much?  I sure don’t!

If you’d like to read part one of Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets, click here.

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6 Comments on Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets Part Two: Following other Blogs

  1. JOdy on Fri, 18th Nov 2011 11:35 am
  2. Love this!! I am getting info overload and have often wondered which sites to follow. I live in Oshkosh, WI. Do you know of any local site from Oshkosh. I love your site and it has been very helpful to me. Thank you.

  3. The Bargain Sleuth on Fri, 18th Nov 2011 11:38 am
  4. I haven’t heard of one specifically for Oshkosh. You could try Fox Cities Cheapster but don’t know if Sarah covers that far south. The other ones I know of don’t cover much local, if anything.

    Thanks for the kind words; glad I could be of some help!

  5. Rose on Fri, 18th Nov 2011 11:40 am
  6. I think I was less busy when the kids were home…now that they are in school I feel like I am running back and forth from both school all of the time! I hope you can create more time in February and August when I hope to have YOU running RKC for me! :)

  7. The Bargain Sleuth on Fri, 18th Nov 2011 11:44 am
  8. Don’t remind me; I have no idea how I’m going to keep up with your pace! :-) And again I say, You ROCK!

  9. Sarah on Fri, 18th Nov 2011 1:43 pm
  10. Thanks for the mention, Sleuth. I don’t much mention Oshkosh because with my littlest one the extent of my trips are usually Appleton & Green Bay! I like to write about what I know and most of my knowledge of Oshkosh has to do with the outlet malls, EAA, and Menomonie Park. Love the other sites you mentioned. I, too, have cut way back on my reads because of so much regurgitation.

  11. Laura @ Pocket Your Dollars on Sat, 19th Nov 2011 10:22 pm
  12. Thanks for the mention, Jennifer! :)

    One reason we have such strict guidelines at PYD is that there are just SO many deals out there. There’s no way Carrie and I have the time to post everything that others consider a “deal.” We’d be on the computer *all* the time (and our husbands would probably say we’re already online too much as it is).

    I love how you don’t just regurgitate every other deal out there – your blog is a breath of fresh air. Thanks again!

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