Okay, not a very catchy title, but this is a work in progress.
The general idea here is simple. I appreciate when someone recommends something for me to read. And, I’ve found that there are lots of things out there that deserved to be shared. Enough said.
While this feature will usually present new recently published (communications-focused) works, this first issue features a couple of posts that are a little dated, but have recently been republished and have proven to be timeless.
P.S. If any graphic designer wants to contribute a cool PR WIRL logo, I’m more than willing to accept it.
Before unveiling the 2012 PR33 list, here are a couple of semi-personalized notes.
- To the bloggers listed below – many thanks for the quality content over the last 12 months. Also, please don’t feel like you need to send me a public thank you. That’s not why this list was created.
- To visitors looking for top PR / communications blogs – this list reflects countless hours of labor, but it is far from an all-inclusive list. Please feel free to comment below and add your favorites.
- To the bloggers who were on last year’s PR33 but not on this year’s list. It’s not you. It’s me. See companion post for more details.
To those of you about to comment that you hate these ‘best of’ lists – why are you still here?
Finally, wanting this list to be about the folks listed below, any and all further commentary, information, disclaimers and even some bonus selections, can be found on a separate post – Now the Rest of the Story – PR33.
In no particular order – the 2012 PR33.
InkHouse Inklings Twitter: @bamonaghan or @InkHousePR Leading the 2012 class is Inklings, which is a fantastic example of agency blogging done right. Want to know what makes a PR33 blog, look no further. The blog includes a steady flow and perfect balance of industry specific subjects with entertaining human interest type of posts. Beth Monaghan’s writing is what first won over this blogger (Exhibit A – Breaking News: When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up), but she is also joined by a number of talented bloggers. InkHouse and its blog continues to bring the goods week after week.
The Steveology Blog by Steve Farnsworth
A returning PR33 blog and a favorite of this blogger, Steve has evolved as well as anyone in social media, from humble beginnings as TheRealPRMan, to his Digital Marketing Mercenary blog, Steve never fails to entertain and educate. Currently, he is creating video content as well and as fast as anyone. He always leads the list of must follow on Twitter. New disclaimer, I finally had the opportunity to meet Steve in person and he is just as smart and funny in real life as he appears online.
PR in Pink by Krista Paplau
Not sure how to best characterize this next comment, but no one on this list makes this reader smile as much as Krista. Practically every new post, comment and tweet brings either a warm smile or a full-on belly laugh, often complete with snort. It’s not all about humor, her posts are smart and insightful like when she is declaring independence from PR stereotypes. Her sense of humor and her writing style are a joy. She also gets extra credit for staying involved in PR blogging even though she is no longer part of the industry’s daily grind. This gives her a unique and valuable perspective. Enough said. Read more…
While the true highly-proprietary and closely-guarded research, evaluation and selection process will never be revealed as long as this blogger is still alive, here is some insight into the background behind the 2012 PR33 list.
The original thought behind this year’s PR33 list was to create an entirely new list with no repeats from 2011, but that seemed disingenuous. It felt like that would make the 2012 list no more than blogs number 34 – 66 and that wouldn’t be right. So, in order to create a new list while avoiding repetition from the 2011 list, the decision was made to limit the number of returning blogs to about half the list. This proved to be the hardest part of the process. Truth be told some quality blogs were probably unfairly disqualified from this year’s list simply because they were recognized a year earlier.
It isn’t you, it’s me. For those on last year’s list but don’t find their name on this year’s list, let me be clear – it isn’t you, it’s me. Seriously, in many cases it means that what I’m looking for in a blog has changed to the point where I’m attempting to expand to alternative points of view. That being said, I do continue to read every blog included in last year’s list. Read more…
Earlier this year this blog published a list of the top (in my opinion) 33 communications blogs – 2011 PR33 - and it is time for an update.
Please take a moment and tell me who is your favorite PR / communications blogger.
Lessons learned: After publishing the original list, it became clear that some people are critical of these types of lists. Whatever. Sometimes I am too, but the number of people who thanked me for building the list – and no, not just the people on the list – is reason enough for me to repeat the process.
New for 2012: As of this writing, no decision has been made regarding if blogs from the 2011 list are eligible or not. As of right now, I still like and read most of the blogs on last year’s list. Not wanting the 2012 list to be overly repetitive, I’m leaning toward not allowing any repeats. Again, this is still a work in progress and your nominations will be helpful in making the final decision. Read more…
Wondering where I’m going with this? Well you won’t find that answer here. The post Critical Elements Public Relations Strategy Should Always Consider is part of the Public Relations 2011: Issues, Insights Ideas e-book found on Craig Pearce’s blog.
Illustration provided by Pennington & Co.
A list of top PR blogs – how original!? Yeah, I know this has been done before and other lists have been compiled much more scientifically, but this blog is about sharing opinions, so here (in my opinion with input from many of you) are the 2011 PR33 – the top PR / Communications bloggers.
Notes and disclaimers: These are not ‘just’ PR people on this list. public relations needs to continue to expand its reach to include social media and core marketing disciplines, so you’ll see that reflected in this list.
While I was willing to accept cash for placement on this list, no one was willing to ‘donate’ so; I can honestly say that I received no monetary gain from including anyone on this list. Truth be told, I know some of these people and have some level of professional / personal relationships with some of them. If you have any questions regarding my motivation feel free to ask, but I’ve made note where I thought is was necessary.
In no particular order here are the 2011 PR33. Read more…
Because we (PR industry) don’t already have enough lists and because I’m arrogant enough to think my opinion matters – I’ve decided to create the first annual PR33 – list of the top 33 PR / Communications bloggers.
Please (come on, I’ve never asked you for anything before) take a moment and tell me who is your favorite PR / Communications blogger.
- Send me a link and briefly explain why you like it. That’s it. Nice and simple.
- Nominations can be sent via Twitter (paulrobertspar), via comments section of this blog or directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Self-nomination is cool
- Not just for PR – any blog about communications / marketing is eligible. I would have named it the Comms33, but my initial are not COMMS, so it wasn’t as cool. Read more…