Each year, Social Media Examiner invites readers to nominate their favorite blogs and bloggers from the previous year, asking who they read and find to be most valuable. It’s an extreme honor simply to be nominated, as that demonstrates the value those bloggers are offering their readers, and there were hundreds of nominations this time.
This year, I have again been extremely honored to have been chosen alongside 19 of my colleagues as a finalist for the Top Ten Social Media Blogs. Regardless of who wins, this is a fantastic opportunity for each of you! What follows is a complete list of the 20 finalists, making it easy for you to read and follow the outstanding bloggers whom you may not yet have met. You can also vote up your favorites and mark those that you’ve already read.
The judges include Heidi Cohen (chief content officer of Actionable Marketing Guide), Marcus Sheridan (founder of The Sales Lion), and Sonia Simone (founding partner and chief content officer of Copyblogger).
Do yourself a favor. Follow all of the above bloggers on Twitter and subscribe to their lists. I guarantee that over the next year, you will be richly rewarded with a wealth of incredible marketing advice.
UPDATE! The Social Media Hat was selected as a Top Ten Social Media Blog for the second year in a row. Congratulations to all the winners!
And incidentally, if you aren’t already, you should consider attenting Social Media Marketing World in San Diego in March. Most of these bloggers will be there, including myself, either presenting or attending. I am personally looking forward to meeting so many fantastic people! If you’re going too, leave a comment below and let me know! It’s always an honor to meet one of my readers.
Finally, I’d like to thank you, my readers, who have stuck with me through the good articles and bad, and for those who took the time to nominate me for this. It’s extremely gratifying and humbling to be recognized.
A Note About Lists
Some of you may ask, “Isn’t this just another arbitrary list of buddies and cronies?” The answer, of course, is no. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I know there are new lists that come out daily that are simply someone’s personal opinions about the top whatever. There are also lists that are designed to be nothing more than an affiliate promotion, self-promotion, or buttering up to the listees.
But that doesn’t mean there are aren’t good, valuable, insightful, and honest lists out there. And this is one of them.
- It starts with a nomination process open to anyone. Social Media Examiner doesn’t pick their own favorites, and they don’t nominate themselves.
- The final selection is then handled by three impartial judges who don’t work for Social Media Examiner and who aren’t nominated themselves.
And beyond all of that, there is the unimpeachable reputation of Michael Stelzner and Social Media Examiner. For 8 years now, they have been using this contest as a means to highlight and promote their peers and colleagues. It’s one of the real blessings about working in the social media industry – it’s a very open and collaborative business.
So when I tell you that each and every one of the 20 finalists above are worth reading and following, not to mention SME and the judges, you should have no hesitation in believing me and the selectors.
Happy reading! (And best of luck to all of the other finalists!)