This post was originally included as part of an ebook that I published alongside the launch of my book, Tradestream, entitled "Tradestreaming and the Future of Investing". The content was so good I wanted everyone to have access to it :-). *********** The rise of independent publishers through blogging tools such as WordPress has been profound for the investor community. With the integration of RSSCloud, PuSH, Twitter, and Facebook -- blogs are now part of the real-time stream and are playing an ever large role in the day-to-day of the investors. I've seen firsthand two major trends that were previously unthinkable and nearly impossible to pull off. The first is the micro specialist blogger who focuses on a very niche topic -- perhaps a single stock or a single bucket of previously uncovered equities. The exposure and insight from these publishers has provided a key data point to investors, and provides content on topics that are not covered by analysts and the MSM financial publications. The second major trend has been the inclusion of bloggers covering seemingly non-financial content, but who are in fact informing investors with their coverage. This trend includes fashion bloggers who impact investors covering retail, and local political bloggers who cover topics which impact energy markets, currency trading, and the like. Raanan Bar-Cohen has over 15 years experience as an entrepreneur and innovator in the digital media space. Raanan currently serves as Vice President of Media Services at Automattic, which leads the WordPress Open Source publishing project and runs a number of online services including WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravatar, IntenseDebate, and PollDaddy. Raanan blogs often @ http://raanan.com and can be followed @ http://twitter.com/raanan *—> Like what you see? Hey! Don’t forget to subscribe to the free Tradestreaming newsletter for updates, tips, and special offers.