Classmates’ not included, there are a variety of blogs I try to visit every now and then. With so much communicated to communicators about ideas for best practice and how to “engage,” “listen” and “measure your ROI,” it can be hard to figure out where to begin. I wonder if there is a blog about which blogs to follow when you want to make a list of ten blogs?
Anyway, here is a list of some blogs I recommend for PR and Communication folks.
This blog is written by Tom Webster. He blogs about the social web through the lens of a researcher. My favourite line of his lately: “flipping the funnel, as it were, from top-down elephant hunting to bottom up empowerment – might yield some fresh, new ideas, and get you thinking differently.” Great words for today when internal relations and employee engagement still seems to me to be easily ignored by executives in many sectors.
Yes, spin does suck! Which is why this blog is so much fun. With guest bloggers weighing in on many sorts of social media and communication tidbits, I like the refreshing perspective communicators take on how stories are shared and why. Please read this inspiring blog from their site. It will make you want to blog nothing but happy faces from now on: http://spinsucks.com/marketing/social-good-is-in-negativity-is-out/
Okay, so Ragan should be a definite mainstay for all folks in PR and Communications. That they have a special Health Care Communication page as a spin off to their regular site is gravy. And cheese curds. Yes, it is absolutely that fantastic. Health care communicators, whether American or Canadian, would do well to frequent this site every day.
Did I mention I love Ragan?
The Oatmeal should be the place to go when you are feeling your snarkiest. While not a blog in the traditional sense, Matthew Inman’s funky comics and smart-assed take on web design and grammar lessons featuring party gorillas should make you laugh. Weird name for a page but really it doesn’t matter. If you appreciate grammar and hold it in high esteem (and you do!) you will enjoy this site.
Back to the root of it all: appreciation for writing and upholding grammar law. If you want some tips to keep in mind and make you feel like you’ve got one-up on everyone in your office when it comes to grammar and writing, you should get to know Mignon Fogarty’s site. After all, aren’t we all in this cause we love the written word?
Hubze is an all-social media blog that segments different channels to allow you to explore posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and YouTube separately. This doesn’t sound like a big deal or an interesting way to format a site, but when you’re really tired of sifting through reads that involve so many platforms, it’s refreshing to delve deep into one or two of your fave social web tools.
Okay, I know this blog isn’t about social media or PR, but I really do enjoy Jay Onrait’s wit and the merry way he delivers sports news. Such a far cry from the traditional sports broadcaster with his self-deprecating style and usual references to Thundercats , he’s almost like the anti-anchor. He’s a refreshing personality that I think deserves attention.