The top 10 blogs to read in 2009


Yep add my blog post as one of those end of year “lists’. But as I’ve stated, I’m going to scale back what I read. I’m going to hone in on quality. With that being said here is my list with reasons why. They also are in no particular order either.

  1. Paul Chaney’s Conversational Media Marketing blog always has an interesting post or content. It’s light, it’s a good read and it’s insightful.
  2. Shannon Paul’s Very Official Blog is always in the sweet spot. Her stuff is short, generally, always to the point, and it resonates on many levels.
  3. Lee Odden’s Online Marketing Blog is a no brainer. It’s updated daily and it’s chock full of content that makes you better at what you do. Even if you don’t do “it”, it’s worth reading.
  4. Chris Brogan is our Grand Poobah”. Now I know he’s taken hits lately but look, Chris gives away 10 times more than he takes, and thus he should be a blog that you check in on from time to time. He’s a content creating fool.
  5. Valeria Maltoni true to her tag line, “connects her ideas with people”, and will make you think. When I read her stuff, that’s what happens. Her blog is another that I dip into every once in a while for perspective. She’s current, always on point and she’s eloquent.
  6. I like the Ignite Social Media Blog but it might be because it’s very vertical for me. I’m entitled to one or two of these, and this is one of them.
  7. Ok, so something about Joseph Jaffe makes me want to read his stuff. It’s funny usually, and underneath it all, there’s generally some sort of marketing theme or message.
  8. Beth Harte is one smart cookie. She says it in a straight shootin way. She’s respected, she’s connected and she knows all things marketing.  You will love her perspective.
  9. Brian Solis is a good read, he churns out content, it’s not over your head, it’s current and it’s useful. Boom.
  10. Mashable is the source or the site you would go to if you needed information, if you need updates and if you could only go to one site. This is it. Check it out.

Honorable Mentions

Here are 10 more that I read because  they are prolific in cranking out content that is in tune with the issues of marketing, PR,  social media, and life. You didn’t think I could just read 10 blogs a day did you? Well neither will you, not with this much quality out there!

  1. Ari Herzog
  2. Liz Strauss
  3. David Armano
  4. Peter Kim
  5. Jeremiah Owyang
  6. Mack Collier
  7. Amber Naslund
  8. Adam Cohen
  9. Gavin Heaton
  10. Ken Burbary

Like I said, it’s quality over quantity, though all of these people churn out some pretty good quantities of content. I could only hope to do the same.  I look forward to continued learning from all of them.

19 thoughts on “The top 10 blogs to read in 2009

  1. Marc, thank you so much for including me on your list. I’m so flattered! I enjoy your posts very much and I’m glad to be getting to know you better on Twitter, too! Great choices. All of these lists going around is making me feel like I ought to do one, too…. I’ll have to give this some more thought.

    Thanks again!

  2. Marc, thank you so much for including me on your list. I really appreciate the support. Further, this is proof that my post today really didn’t piss you off *that* much. I think there’s still a lot of room to elaborate on that topic and I love that you would like to tie in some economic issues there, too. Let’s talk more.

    Thank you again! I also enjoy your blog very much as well as our conversations on Twitter.

  3. Thanks for the mention, Marc! Surely you should put yourself on the list as well, but I guess as the author you’re reading your own stuff… 🙂

  4. Marc, thank you for the shout. I agree with Peter, you make an interesting read as well, with a remarkable point of view. I could pick up a tip or two from your descriptions of the favorites up there – more marketing content, shorter posts, a dash of humor and helping folks get better at what they do 🙂

  5. Marc, thanks for including me! I’ve come across so many great blogs this year – yours included – and am delighted to be so immersed in amazing information. Thanks for being such a fun part of the discussion ,and for letting me play along with you.


  6. What a great list Marc – I love lists to find out about new blogs I should be reading, thank you. Thank you for including Online Marketing Blog too – it’s quite humbling to be on a list with these heavy hitters.

    Cheers and Happy Holidays!

  7. Thanks for this list. There’s a few on here I hadn’t heard of before which I will definitely check out!

  8. @Sonny, they all do rock, don’t they?

    @Shannon we have much to discuss in the new year

    @Peter Kim thank you for your kind words..

    @Valeria, you have no idea how much I have learned from you!

    @Amber no…thank you! 🙂

    @Lee Your blog was a no brainer for me to add to my list!

    @Jill it’s a solid list with solid people with solid character!

    @Jim I’m glad your in my niche too!

  9. What an invaluable list! I’m follow the majority of them but also picked up a couple new gems thanks to this post. I’m honored to be included on your list. While I don’t consider my blogging as interesting as yours or the folks you mention, I’m doing my best to contribute. I’m glad to have found you and your blog this year, and look forward to more great perspectives from you in 2009. Thank you Marc!

  10. There’s something up with my Google Alerts, for you’re the second blog in an hour I’ve stumbled across, reading because the title looked interesting, and finding my name and a link to me there.

    That said, thanks for the honorable mention. My peers on THAT list are already in my RSS and Twitter feeds; your entrees are all known to me, with a few minor exceptions, such as Joseph Jaffe — whose blog I just subscribed to at your recommendation.

    I recently initiated a “blog roll” and you’re there, too…

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  12. Marc,
    I’m very honored to be included in the honorable mention list and agree with Peter, your blog should be in the list too. I’m grateful to have met you virtually in ’08 and enjoy our conversations on Twitter and through our blogs. I look forward to meeting you in person in ’09.

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