I remember wondering early in my career, as blogs emerged, how many people would really undertake the responsibility of writing and maintaining a website devoted to their own musings or watchdog tactics, and how many blogs would keep readers’ interest. Of course, anonymity was a plus, but could bloggers really develop a loyal following?
More than 12 years after the introduction of the blogosphere, blogs are alive and well as bloggers create niches and everyone from corporate executives to mom and pop at the shop on Main Street begin to grasp the value of starting a dialogue and engaging multiple viewpoints.
Technorati tracked more than 112 million blogs in 2008, which provides a pretty succinct answer to my one-time question about who would carry the blog flame throughout cyberspace. And of course, blogs have loyal followers as evidenced by commenters and repeat commenters. It’s still difficult to track the exact demographic of loyal blog readers, yet highly targeted topics and analytic software can track hits and impressions.
Now, other technology makes it increasingly easy for us to share blogs that we read regularly and even those that we stumble upon and want to share. Sure, we can subscribe to a blog’s RSS feed to catch up on our RSS Reader or sign up for email notifications when a new post is made. But with the integration of more than one million websites on the Facebook Platform – including two-thirds of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites according to Facebook – receiving updates on new blog posts as part of your news feed or sharing via the Like button nails the “touch it once” rule suitable for both organizing your desk and managing a busy social media network.
Around the agency, we value blogs on industry news and cutting-edge trends. We’re inspired by art techniques and the clever integration of the verbal and visual because it’s what we do! We also appreciate the quirky and downright creative. Enjoy a few of our favorites and look forward to exploring a few of yours.
Social Media Today – socialmediatoday.com
Useful nuggets of info on social media that we can implement immediately plus valuable resources too
Message With A Bottle – messagewithabottle.tumblr.com
A freelance writer turned stay-at-home dad armed with a pen, post-it notes and hysterical observations about “the kid.”
Beast Pieces, Blog of Studio on Fire – www.beastpieces.com
Hybrid design and letterpress concepts from the Studio on Fire workspace in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dralin Design Co. – www.draplin.com
Satirical approach to the daily life of designers who love what they do
Stuff No-One Told Me – stuffnoonetoldme.blogspot.com
Comic strip-style blog with new lesson or saying for each day
All Business – www.allbusiness.com
Compilation of bloggers on business intelligence, small business, finance, operations, sales and technology
Catalogue Living – catalogliving.tumblr.com
“A look into the exciting lives of the people who live in your catalogs.”
Daily Heller – www.printmag.com/dailyheller
Commentary on graphic design pieces from industry expert, Steven Heller
Design – www.design.org
A blog about anything and everything design
Woot! The Blog – www.woot.com/blog
Information on technology and technology based products
Designer Daily – www.designer-daily.com
Design inspiration and resources for industry professionals
Think Design – thinkdesignblog.com
Designer blog with freebies, resources and inspiration
The Daily Reckoning – dailyreckoning.com
A veteran blog, giving advice for how to live well in uncertain times
Felt & Wire – www.feltandwire.com
Impressions from the paper-obsessed
Lifehacker – www.lifehacker.com
Better living through technology
A List Apart – www.alistapart.com
Critical thinking, industry trends and fantastic tutorials for designing on the web
DC Radio and Television – dcrtv.com
Information/gossip on the media scene
Simply Recipes – simplyrecipes.com
Food blog for easy meals–beautiful pics too!