Last week, Social Media Examiner announced its Top 10 Social Media Blogs for 2011. Over 300 blogs were nominated, and a panel of judges (Edelman's David Armano, Blogworld CEO Rick Calvert and author Debbie Weil) selected the following 10 winners as their "best of the best" for the coming year:
- Brian Solis
- Convince & Convert
- Six Pixels of Separation
- Social Media Explorer
- Brand Builder
- Spin Sucks
- Danny Brown
- The Anti-Social Media
I had already been an avid reader of most of these blogs - Jay Baer's Convince and Convert, and Mitch Joel's Six Pixels of Separation are among my favorites - and I've since added Gini Dietrich’s Spin Sucks and Lee Odden's TopRank to my daily media diet. I first got to see The Anti-Social Media's Jay Dolan at an Ignite event in Raleigh, NC, and began to truly appreciate his counter-culture take on the nuttiness of social media. There are some singularly great minds on this list, from Danny Brown and Brian Solis, to Olivier Blanchard and Jason Falls. I was especially pleased to see Social Media Explorer at number five -I am a regular contributor there, and Jason has done a wonderful job assembling a quality team of writers and producing consistently great content.
Needless to say, finding this humble blog at #10 was quite a shock.
It's highly doubtful that BrandSavant will win many popularity contests - I'm a wordy bastard, don't pay as much attention to SEO as I should, and sometimes delve into some pretty esoteric topics. The judges' criteria included traffic, posting frequency and quality of content. Given that I muster 1-2 posts a week here, and Brian Solis probably gets more traffic in a day than I get in a month, I'm forced to conclude that the judges found my content worthwhile, and for that I am truly humbled and grateful to SME's Michael Stelzner and to the team of judges he assembled.
Most of all, I'm grateful for you. Thank you for reading, and commenting, throughout 2010, and I hope to meet as many of you as I can in 2011.