How To Choose a Blog to Read

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More than 70% of Web users agree that personal recommendations influence their purchases and selections.

So what better way to find great blogs to read than to LISTEN TO people whom you’ve grown to trust?

Five bloggers who inspire me on my educational journey down Social Media Revolutionary Road

SETH GODIN

Seth Godin is a business genius, who coined the term “permission marketing” [wikipedia entry] whose books have sold millions.

I like reading his daily witticisms because they are typically short, anecdotal, and clearly focused to make one clear point — from a common sense perspective that may too often be overlooked.

This morning I caught up on a few of his recent posts:

ADAM SINGER

Adam Singer is my favorite blogger. He’s a Gen-Y-er with a huge amount of experience in online media/marketing strategizing, and he is very creative and hip. Some of his posts I go back to over and over, for example:

and I particularly like What If

In his most recent post, Tangible Media is Becoming Obsolete, Adam gives nine reasons why digital is better — from ease of use to the building of community.

SUZANNE VARA

Suzanne runs a small business marketing agency from her new home in Las Vegas, and I discovered her blog from a LinkedIn group. Her audience is very similar to mine, i.e., people who are relatively new to marketig online. Her articles are filled with easy-to-read tips on how to get the most out of online opportunities. Here are some of my favorite posts:

Today she discusses the new news about Google Search, and how “nonspammers” can benefit.

LARRY BRAUNER

This is Larry’s birthday week, and to celebrate he has created an amazing opportunity for bloggers across the globe to share their sites on his Facebook Fan Page.

Larry’s blog covers a broad range of social networking topics, but he is most concerned with building “Best Practices” for collaboration and mutual benefits. He is knowledgeable on a diverse array of strategies and tools, especially when it comes to building a successful blog.

Check out Larry’s article on social media basics for 2010.

ZAHID LILANI

Disclosure: Zahid was one of my star students at San Francisco State, and I can safely say that I have learned at least as much from him as he learned from me. Zahid has guest posted for me, discussing Our Facebook Future.

He loves his Iphone, and loves writing about it, so you can find the latest smartphone information — as it is announced — on his blog. Today he talks about Iphone’s responsive touch screen.

“Tomorrow” [sometime in the near future] he and I will be discussing all the ways that Baby Boomers [like me] will want and need SmartPhones in our lives.

Of course, these five are not the ONLY bloggers I read, but all five are great to check out for “Getting Started”

I purposely left off some really popular people/blogs so that my readers can add their 2 cents, so “have at it.”

🙂

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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   14 January 2010
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Jan 14, 2010
12:37 pm

Shari

Thank you so much for including me on your list. I really appreciate being amongst such a well recognized group. The photo is incredibly funny. I love it!

Suzanne

Author Jan 14, 2010
12:40 pm

Suzanne,
so, you did’t mind being in an article with that photo, eh?
🙂
One thing my list shows is that the amount of time one has spent blogging is NOT the determiner of one’s value to others.
Keep up the wonderful writing.
Shari

Jan 14, 2010
6:32 pm
#3 randy :

nice picture. The chix seem to be having a great time

Author Jan 14, 2010
6:34 pm

it came from you . . . I thought they were your friends [hung over from last night’s party]

Jan 14, 2010
6:44 pm

Random picture haha. I go by the way of trial and error.

Author Jan 14, 2010
6:46 pm

?? don’t get it James
maybe it’s the sun here in Mexico
🙂

Jan 14, 2010
9:37 pm

Thanks Shari – truly an honor that I’m your favorite blogger, wow! 🙂

Author Jan 15, 2010
10:56 am

Indeed 😉
And my hope is to let others be inspired and informed by you as well.
–Shari

Jan 15, 2010
3:57 pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and article. I rarely post comment…

If I want to get a hold of you, what would be the best way to get in touch? I’d love to run some ideas by you one of these days…related to the acn marketing & sales video phone project I am working on. Thanks a lot and I look forward to your reply.

Regards,
Eugene Gregorio

Jan 16, 2010
4:29 pm
#10 Zahid :

Thank you for the mention Shari.

I know all the authors on your list except for Suzanne, I will subscribe to her RSS feeds.

Shari, your BUS 360 at SFSU was the best class ever…

Author Jan 17, 2010
2:59 am
#11 Shari Weiss :

For the “uninitiated” who don’t have a clue about BUS360, can you tell what were the three biggest things you learned that are relevant to what you are now trying to accomplish?

Jan 17, 2010
1:10 pm

Love the blog! Especially love the fresh content and information….For those not taking advantage of articles, you are MISSING out!

take care

Jan 18, 2010
12:41 pm
#13 John Harper :

Heck of a hot tub shot. Looks like the reports I ah hearing about vacationing in Mexico are true.

I’ll check out your recommendations

Author Jan 18, 2010
2:03 pm
#14 Shari Weiss :

That’d be “groovy,” John, i.e., to check out my Fav Bloggers. Let me know if you get anything from them!
BTW, the great thing about being back from vacation is . . . that I get to play with my online toys more.
🙂

Mar 16, 2012
12:20 pm

The blog is truly very informative and to top it all, the picture is great and adds a sense of fun to the entire thing. Great!

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