Posts That Made Me Cry
1. You Need a Suzanne Vara, by Chris Brogan. Ok, I’ve mentioned this post a couple of times. I was of course beyond flattered that two amazing and special people would actually be spending time talking about me, but more than that, I just thought this tribute to Suzanne, who has since become an even more dear friend, was just spectacular and well-deserved.
2. The Power of Not Giving Up – One Blogger’s Story, by Naomi Dunford. This was a guest post at ProBlogger, and not only was I moved by the post itself, but I was also at a point in my budding Social Media career where things didn’t seem to be catching – this post showed me that maybe I wasn’t crazy to think things would get better. If you’re feeling a little low, give this post a read.
3. Why are you scared to be outspoken? by Lisa Barone. A perfect mixture of using the personal to make a professional point, of showing vulnerability and toughness at the same time – and a great message running through it all.
4. The $10 Difference, by Jason Falls. A story of struggle, inspiration, and a call to action.
5. How Social Media Got Me A Message from Superman, by Cristian Gonzales. Cristian had found my #30Thursday posts and asked if he could submit this one. Um, yeah, you think?!? Shake my hand and make me bawl, why doncha?
6. Fielding Love: The Walk to Remember, from the Sweet Salty Blog. This was hard to read but I’ll never forget it.
7. What I learned about networking when I asked a stranger for a kidney, by Lisa Petrilli. You’ll well up and you’ll learn at the same time. What could be better?
8. Thankful for her unblessings – an astonishing video by Estrella Rosenberg.
9. A Veterans Day message, a vlog by Amber Cleveland
Posts that made me laugh
10. Food Glorious Food, by Molly Campbell. I love all of Molly’s writing, but this one just sticks out in my head.
11. Bring Your Whole Self To Work, by Tristan Bishop. What’s better than a brilliant dude imitating Shrek & Donkey, anyway?
12. The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging, by Sonia Simone at Copyblogger. So funny. So smart. So Sonia
13. Growing Old Gracefully, by, well, Fadra Nally’s cat! Being a cat person, I loved this post!
Posts that blew my mind
14. It’s time to get to work. Arm yourself with knowledge, by Beth Harte. The amount of information and learning packed into this post is, like, woah.
15. The Social Network: Ecosystem vs. Egosystem, by Brian Solis. If you didn’t need to read this post twice, well, you’re smarter than I am!
16. How to use inception marketing on your blog, by Tommy Walker. A guest post at ProBlogger, this post was enjoyable as the movie!
17. Are we outsourcing common sense to the internet? by Fred McClimans. Brilliant post about the current state of the world, and a lot to think about!
18. The Marketing Solar System: Making it easy for customers makes them more loyal, by Debra Ellis. It’s “just” a picture
19 Why PR has its head up its ass, by Danny Brown. This blew my mind in a different way than some of the other posts, but it’s still a great post!
20. Socialopoly: The fictional mashup of Social Media and Monopoly, by Brian Rice. I debated whether to put this in the laugh category or this one, but it’s too freakin brilliant not to include here!
21. Confessions of a Narcissist, by Mitch Joel. This post really made me stop, think, and evaluate. I can’t believe I first read it four months ago!
22. It’s Micro-Local isn’t it? by Maya Paveza. Well, this post still has me puzzling. Maya’s post has ramifications for real estate, but also well beyond real estate. Really amazing insight here.
23. The Fine Art of Chunking, by Jonathan Fields. I’m a “grab the whole pie in your mouth with one fell swoop” kind of person, so the idea of chunking really hit home.
24. Oui Theory, by “Gaga” Susan Fox. I love this post, the tonality, and what it describes.
25. Personal Branding Basics for 2011, by Chris Brogan. Only Chris could use the word “basics” and have it change a way of thinking. Kind of disgusting, really
26. You’re Already a Community Manager, by Amber Naslund. And she should know!
27. Ask Better Questions, by Chris Brogan. Well, what can I say. I look up to Chris, and there’s a reason for it. Waddya gonna do ’bout it?
28. Marketing Outsourcing, by Stephane Poirier. A brilliant post, really and truly.
29. Dear Marketing and PR Pros: You’re Still Pushing, by Beth Harte. Beth is a great mind, and this post really exemplifies why. If you’re pushing, you’re not really all about the customer.
30. 12 Questions to ask BEFORE investing in mobile marketing assets, by Joe Ruiz. As mobile starts to catch on fire, this is a great fort of knowledge to reference.
31. When the Orchestra Plays Instead of a Solo, by Mary Biever. A truly great way to explain the value of integrated marketing.
32. I’ve Got a Number in Mind, by Dawn Westerberg. It’s not even just local anymore. It’s one on one, individual to individual.
33. The Three Amigos: Email, Blogging, and Social Sharing, by Jay Baer. A brilliant analysis of why using multiple channels at one time can really open the door to some amazing marketing.
Blogging (Yes, some of my favorite blog posts were about blogging. Let’s move on, shall we?)
34 What is the purpose of your blog? by Suzanne Vara. Seems like an easy question to answer. Not so much, though.
35. Still not sure about launching your blog? by Stanford Smith. This is one of Stan’s shortest posts. I also think it’s one of his best.
36. Why you shouldn’t just blog for yourself, by Stanford Smith again. He is the king of bloggy motivation, at least in my world. This post made me realize that this guy was going to be headed straight towards superstardom.
37. How to use a writing frame, by Chris Brogan. If you’re new to blogging, or if you struggle with writing in general, this post may be just what you’re looking for.
38. The Eminem Guide to Becoming a Writing & Marketing Machine, by Sean Platt at Copyblogger. Even if you aren’t an Eminem fan, you’ll find this post pretty amazing. I am an Eminem fan, so I enjoyed this post all the more.
39. Women in Blogging: 125 Fearless Female Bloggers, by Kristi Hines. Well, aside from the fact that I almost passed out when I saw I was on this list, there is so much to learn. Kristi did such a nice job of rounding up women from all different kinds of industries. It was an honor to be part of that crowd!
40. Full Disclosure: I think Social Media Marketing is BS, by Tom Moradpour. An interesting blog title for a fellow who is involved a great deal in Social Media Marketing, non? I thought so, too
41. Did Social Networking Kill the High School Reunion? by Chase Adams. An intriguing thought that certainly has rattled around in my brain. What do you think?
42. Building Relationships that Matter, by Suzanne Vara. This was Suzanne’s response to Chris Brogan’s post about her. While some people would just gush, Suzanne sent out the light to other lucky people in her community, including me. It’s what Social Media is all about.
43 Let Your Voice Be Heard, by Amber Cleveland and Kay Whitaker. Such a simple message, again, but it’s true. Social Media has given us all a voice. Why not use it?
44. We probably wouldn’t be friends in real life, by Dawn Westerberg. I love this post, still, and I hope it resonates with you as much as it did with me.
45. We were right, most Social Media numbers are useless, by Mack Collier. The title pretty much says it all. Great points. Very encouraging if you’re new to this world!
44. Is there a crisis in crisis management? by Cheryl Burgess. This is more about the dangers brands face online than branding itself, but still, a very important read.
45. Why personal branding is not just an exercise in egoism, by Cristian Gonzales. Can you build your personal brand without becoming an egomaniac?
46. What’s your MO? Does your brand have conversation starters? by Tom Moradpour. Another jewel by Tom, and a way to promote Movember as well. Not bad, eh?
47. How to manage an enterprise Twitter presence: Avatars, account structure, and basic response methodology, by Olivier Blanchard (aka The Brand Builder). This also easily could have gone into my “Blows my mind” category, but, you kind of have to have Oliver in the branding section. I mean, really.
48. Google and Bing reveal that social influence bumps search engine results, by Mark W. Schaefer. A fairly recent post, but truly fantastic analysis.
49. Improve your influence, by Chris Brogan. Everything I believe about Social Media influence. He takes all my best ideas, I swear
50. 6 common habits of highly effective social media rockstars, part 1: The speaking circuit, by Olivier Blanchard. Some interesting points about what real rock-stardom could, or should, look like.
51. The Great Influence Debate – What if Watts and Gladwell are both wrong and right? by Jeff Wilson. I keep coming back to this post because it bowled me over. Give it a read!