Friday Picks: 50 Best PR Bloggers of 2010

by PR Coach

50 classic PR blogs from 2010

It’s time to offer a final post of the year. I’m sharing my choices for the 50 Best PR blogs of 2010 and a bonus of the 15 best social media bloggers PR pros should follow.

After launching The PR Coach just six months ago, I was wonderfully surprised by the warm welcome, feedback and encouragement I received from so many established PR bloggers and tweeters. That truly was one of the best gifts of 2010.

With that same spirit of generosity, my last post recognizes, thanks and shares my top 50 PR Bloggers. They’re drawn from a very subjective, running list I maintain with more than 185 Top PR Bloggers and 75+ Best Social Media Bloggers for PR. Each is described in their own words and any of them could have made this short list for all kinds of reasons.

Big Name PR Bloggers

These are the A-list, mostly-PR bloggers that many public relations pros follow. They’re consistent with their deep insight, perspective and fresh ideas. That’s why they’re thought leaders.

A Shel of My Former Self – Shel Holtz blogs at the intersection of communication and technology.
Conversation Agent
– Valeria Maltoni is consistently thoughtful and thought provoking on social media and how connecting ideas and people can change lives.
KD Paine’s PR Measurement Blog
– KD Paine blogs about PR measurement, research and evaluation.
PR 2.0 – Brian Solis writes about social media, PR and the future of communication.
PR 2.0 Strategies
– Deirdre Breakenridge looks at how social media is re-inventing the aging business of PR.
Proactive Report – shifts in the media landscape, social media strategy and online PR by Sally Falkow.
Seth Godin’s Blog
– mostly about marketing but always things PR should care about; he’s on our list because he’s influential and insightful.
SHIFT  PR Blog– conversations about PR, social media and marketing.
Steve Rubel
– Edelman SVP writes on media, technology and cultural trends.
Web Ink Now
– David Meerman Scott writes about marketing and leadership strategies.

Smart PR Thinking

These are the “traditional” PR bloggers with fresh thinking and useful content:

BulletProofBlog – crisis communications from Levick Strategic Communications.
– Cision’s corporate blog is aimed at media relations professionals.
Communication Overtones
– Kami Huyse covers social media and public relations strategy.
– PRSA’s guest bloggers provide PR insight and public relations conversation.
Crisis Manager
– Jonathan Bernstein writes expertly on crisis management.
– for crisis managers and communicators from Gerald Baron.
Flack Life
– pithy commentary on the public relations industry by Canuck Bob LeDrew.
Harold Burson’s Blog
– legendary Burson blogs occasionally on PR.
Heather Yaxley – Greenbanana views of public relations and more from UK-based Yaxley.
Media Orchard – Scott Baradell blogs on strategic public relations.
Media Relations
– Jeri Cartwright offers unique news, professional pondering and irreverent humor on media relations and the PR profession.
Monday Morning Media Minute
– weekly media tips you can read in a minute or so by Jerry Brown.
Mr Media Training
– Brad Phillips provides consistent, excellent media training tips and advice!
Murphy’s Law
– Tom Murphy blogs about PR and other things.
My Three Cents
– NY PR agency CEO Ken Makovsky is always topical and insightful.
O’Dwyer’s Blog
– covering PR, public affairs, marketing and the world of communications; occasional free articles, reports.
Online Public Relations Thoughts
– Jim Horton blogs on public relations and communications ideas and trends.
PR at Sunrise
– Andrew Worob wakes up with random thoughts and musings about PR.
PR Conversations
– a collaborative blog with global opinions on public relations and its impact on society.
PR Disasters
– PR disasters, spin doctors and reputation management gone wrong, served up by Gerry McCusker.
Pro PR Tips
– quick, practical PR tips from CNET editor Rafe Needleman.
Pro PR
– Agency CEO Joe Thornley blogs on social media and public relations.
– Steve Cody’s take on the importance of a good reputation in a world gone mad.
– blog by reputation strategist Dr Leslie Gaines-Ross.
Richard Edelman 6 A.M.
– big agency CEO blogs on a wide range of topics.
Solo PR Pro
– a nicely targeted blog for solo PR and marketing pros by Kellye Crane.
The Buzz Bin
– musings and analysis on marketing, buzz and communications by CRT/tanaka.
– Barbara Rozgonyi blogs about marketing, branding, PR and social media.

Always Thoughtful

Here’s a set of blogs that always offer high level ideas about communications and PR and I find them thought-provoking.

Journalistics – a blog about journalism and PR by Jeremy Porter.
– UK-based Hobson covers business, communication and technology.
Page Turner Blog
– blog of the Arthur W Page Society.
POP! PR Jots
– Jeremy Pepper blogs on PR from sunny LA.
– blogs on public relations and new media.

Edgy, Opinionated, Irreverent

I enjoy these PR bloggers for their sometimes edgy, often opinionated and frequently surprising posts.

A PR Guy’s Musings – musings on business, public relations, social media, word of mouth marketing and politics by UK guy Stuart Bruce.
Bad Pitch Blog
– Kevin Dugan and Richard Laermer seek out and share bad PR pitches. And there are many.
Danny Brown
– talks about the human side of media and the social side of marketing.
PR Watch
– the Center for Media and Democracy exposes how PR and propagandists manipulate public information, perceptions and opinion on behalf of government and special interests.
Strategic Public Relations
– Kevin Dugan focuses on strategy within integrated marketing communications.
The COMMS Corner
– Adam Vincenzini on PR, social media and common sense.

Social Media Mavens

Here’s a bonus. Most of these 15 social media mavens come with a PR perspective though several are simply social media bloggers PR pros should follow.

Analytics is King | Content is Queen – Chuck Hemann on social media, measurement and more.
Communications Conversations
– Arik Hanson on social media and communications.
Convince & Convert
– social media consultant Jay Baer has a lively blog filled with practical advice.
– Excellent content, web writing and social media blog from Brian Clark.
Dave Fleet – carries on conversations at the intersection of communications, PR and social media.
Jeffbullas’s Blog
– A superb social media blog by Jeff Bullas. Consistently practical, thoughtful and strategic.
MediaShift – PBS’s Mark Glaser guides readers on the digital revolution.
– Gillin writes an excellent blog on social media.
Social Media Explorer
– Jason Falls’ social media, PR and communications blog is consistently worth reading.
– Erik Qualman on how social media is changing the way we live and do business.
– Tamar Weinberg is a social media consultant and tech geek at heart.
The Altimeter
– social media and technology leadership blog by members of Altimeter Group including Charlene Li, Jeremy Owyang and others.
The Future Buzz
– Adam Singer writes a lively blog on marketing, social media and PR.
The Harte of Marketing
– Beth Harte focuses on integrated marketing and communications.
– Lee Odden writes with insight and often a PR perspective on social media.

That’s it for my best PR blogs for 2010. Who were your favorites? Your comments and suggestions below are most welcome.

My New Year’s Resolutions?

Finally, here are my three “more” New Year’s PR resolutions:

  1. Share more – keep searching for the best PR content I can find and share.
  2. Learn more – driven by curiosity and a firm belief in lifelong learning, I hope to learn even more in 2011.
  3. Listen more – watching, interacting and listening are the best parts of PR and social media. I hope to hear “more” from you all.

May you have a wonderful 2011 filled with success and new PR adventures!

Author:  Jeff Domansky is Editor, The PR Coach

Photo Credit: Mike Licht via Flickr

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