This week a colleague asked me what social media blogs she should be reading. She knows I strongly recommend reading and commenting on other blogs in your niche for a number of reasons. I had to think about it.
I don't read blogs that are specifically about social media and social marketing. Or at least I read very few that are ONLY about social media. The exception I think is Social Media Examiner.
I subscribe to and read a lot of blogs about online business and many address social media in the bigger context of doing business on the web. That includes blogging, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email marketing, ecommerce, search engine optimization, and on and on. I follow many blogs on diverse topics by my colleagues and clients.
I decided to dive into my email and Google reader and see what social media blogs I'm subscribed to. I read a lot of stuff and decided to pick a few to recommend. Remember, this is just a few of the blogs I read. I HIGHLY recommend you do your own research and find those that resonate for YOU. While I'm happy to be a filter, you may prefer different emphasis on subjects, content and different writing styles. So, don't rely solely on me. Create your own recommended reading list as well.
5 Blogs I Recommend That Focus on Social Media and Online Marketing
Social Media Examiner - I'm a contributing author and this is one of the few blogs I read EVERY DAY. The quality of content is top notch and varied across the social media landscape.
Kikolani - I really enjoy Kristi Hines' style. She goes deep in her posts and shares a lot of useful tips and tutorials.
Problogger - No surprise here. Darren Rowse is among the very best and brightest and original when it comes to educating readers about blogging.
Paul Chaney (formerly The Social Media Handyman) - always insightful, Paul was an early inspiration for me when I first started blogging.
SocialMouths - published by Francisco Rosales, this blog offers common sense advice and tips about how to use social media.
As I prefaced, this is just a small glimpse at the blogs I read. There are so, so many more. To find a plethora of social media blogs and start your own recommended reading list, use AllTop to sort through by subject. Start here for social media blogs.
What's on your recommended reading list for social media blogs? I love to find new sources so please share links and why you like the blog in the comments.
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