Mark Story, the author of a great blog about using social media for PR functions, had an inspired idea a couple of weeks back called Blog Monday. Picking up on the Twitter convention called Follow Friday where people recommend other Twitter users that you might want to follow, Mark thought it would be a good idea to give exposure to some of the internet’s “hidden gems.” (You can see his first post here.)
I was proud to be included on the inaugural roll call of must follow blogs and, in keeping with the tradition that Mark is trying to establish, I wanted to recommend a few blogs that I really get some value out of in the hopes that you might, too.
I think this is a better idea than Follow Friday for one reason: on Twitter, people will just cram as many people as they can into a tweet as suggestions of who to follow. Like most things on Twitter, that technique lacks all context. It would be much more beneficial if you told me WHY I ought to be following @mcdopeincredible and @djfresh. Posting BlogMonday recommendations allows us to tell you WHY we think you might like the content, something Twitter does not really allow for. OK, digression over. Here’s my list:
Podcasting News– Something of a misnomer since it does not just cover news about podcasting. Rather, it does a better job of what I try and do on my blog and that is, offer up news, data and trends about social media adoption but with a healthy dollop of analysis as to WHY you should care that podcast use is up 22% this year.
Media Emerging by Scott Hepburn- Scott also blogs about marketing, PR and advertising with an interesting take. You might not always agree with him, and that’s fine with him, but he will always give you something to think about or tell you something you probably didn’t know.
The Brand Box– Amber Naslund’s essential blog that does one thing REALLY WELL: she constantly presents real life examples, tips and guides to making social media work. She recently became community manager for Radian6, but that has not diminished her drive or output in any way as it pertains to consistently offering up A-1 content on her blog.
The Fail Blog– A lot of you probably know this one, but if you don’t, go ahead and subscribe. A hilarious break in the day with funny pictures videos that depict, well…examples of fail.
I realize my recs are a little social media heavy but, hey, that’s what I am about. Thanks to Mark for starting this and I hope it continues to grow. Finding good content online can be hard so if someone can do the heavy lifting for you, you would do well to take advantage.
Oh, and I made it through this entire blog post without cracking back on Mark for being a Red Sox fan. He is a good guy, but nobody’s perfect.