Filed Under (Musings) by Mike Wilton on 12-26-2008
Tagged Under : blogs
As we end the hustle and bustle of Christmas and wrap up the 8 crazy nights of Chanukah we are slapped in the face with one more major event, New Years. It’s hard to believe in just 6 days it will be 2009. 2009 brings with it a lot of personal milestones for me, including my ten year high school reunion and my five year wedding anniversary. But it will also bring forth my first full year of being fully engulfed in blogging and social media.
Earlier this week I posted 5 blogs you should be reading if you’re not already and asked readers what blog they would recommend to someone who could only read one blog in 2009. I posted the same question on a number of social networks to see what others thought and have taken the responses and compiled them in an organized list below for your reading pleasure. I have added my own choices to a few of the categories just to add some variety to the ones that only had one entry. I hope you find something of interest to ring in 2009 with.
SEO & Internet Marketing
The popular copywriting advice blog for bloggers and internet marketers has made waves throughout the blogging and internet marketing communities. Deemed as one of the world’s 50 most powerful blogs by The Guardian and authored by Brian Clark who was named the most influential blogger of 2007 by the editors of Performancing, it’s no wonder this blog got a recommendation.
A long time standard in SEO blogging and search engine news Search Engine Journal brings to life the latest happenings in the search engine world as well as SEO opinion and research. Considered an authority in Search Marketing it is another blog that makes a number of lists and gets a large amount of recognition in the search marketing community.
The author of a number of bestselling marketing books and founder of Squidoo, Seth Godin is no stranger to the marketing world. Again a staple in many online marketing lists, Godin regularly updates his blog and discusses various facets of marketing.
Mashable – Ok I’m plugging my personal choice again here, but I feel that Mashable does an AMAZING job at spreading all things internet related. The site covers practically any news you can think of on the web from social networking, startups, mobile, music, politics and more. I love this site not only because of what they cover, but how they cover it. Seriously if you’re a internet geek like myself and you’re not reading Mashable, start in 2009!
tuaw.com – Recommended by Stephen Sharon: “I like reading tuaw.com but I don’t know how much it appeals to others since it is entirely mac oriented. I like that just about every post has some humor thrown in.”
Labeled as “The Unofficial Apple Weblog” tuaw.com covers everything Apple from Macs, to apps, to the iPhone.
B-Sides “R” Us – OK Again I have to throw in my two cents for this category simply because this site is incredible. If you love music like I do you are always looking for something new from your favorite artists. Thankfully B-Sides “R” Us gives just that. The purpose of the blog is to post music that can’t be bought elsewhere, such as out of print albums, b-sides, demos, live sets, audio rips of Live DVD’s, acoustics, special edition or re-release bonus tracks, etc. I have found a number of great tracks from bands like Jimmy Eat World, AFI, A Static Lullaby, and Thrice on this site.
A daily music news site, Prefix magazine hosts interviews, reviews, mp3’s, video’s and more for a number of music genres.
Dead Spin – Recommended by teduncan: “If I could only read one, I would have to chose Dead Spin not because I like it but because they seem to cover everything as far as gossip and funny videos in sports.”
Mother Pucker – Friends and family will tell you that one of the few things that is actually “manly” about me is the fact I like hockey. My father was a long time Los Angeles Kings fan and got me into the game at a young age. I have been following the team and the sport of hockey ever since. One night after tweeting about a game Mother Pucker started following me on Twitter and the rest is history. Mother Pucker offers some great hockey news and info and is not biased to any specific team. The blogs writer is an avid hockey fan and follows both NHL and international hockey.
A site made up of a number of funny finds and oddities from around the world. Some of the most recent posts include The World’s Most Extreme Piercings, 12 Funniest Billboards, and 15 Most Bizarre Bears and Mustaches.
Slated as “A blog where I tell cute animals what’s what.” Fuck You, Penguin does just that. If you ever wondered what it was like for someone to rip on an animal this is the site for you. It’s really something beyond explanation that you just need to experience first hand.
Dooce chronicles the life of Heather Armstrong from a time when she was a wealthy Los Angeles web designer to her current life as a stay at home mom.
Chickens in the Road chronicles the life of Suzanne McMinn who gave up city life for the life of a farmer in the country outside of a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills. She posts a daily farmhouse journal chronicling her photography, stories, recipes, crafts, and sentimental thoughts on the history, people, life, and beauty of rural Appalachia.
Honestly a potpourri of content here with no one way to define what the site offers, but they label themselves as “A Directory of Wonderful Things”
Making the number 10 spot among college females in Youth Trends’ February 2008 “Top Ten List Report”, PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project in which people mail their secrets anonymously and if they’re lucky get them posted on the website. The site’s creator has also published 4 books composed of the many secrets he has received over the years.