I have to admit it, I'm hooked. Hooked on blogs mostly. They have helped me so much and yet they might be the end of me. I learn so much from other bloggers that I just can't get enough and then I can't find the time to put into practice the valuable things I just learned. Does that make sense? Does anybody else find the same thing happening to them?
The addiction started slowing and quietly. I would slip in a quick read here and there during the day. Then I would block out some time for some serious "extended" reading. I said I was doing some "research". Then I started staying late after work and reading blog after blog after everyone one else had left. That's when I admitted I had a problem.
I am David Moore and I am addicted to blogs. All kidding aside, I am not addicted to the reading of blogs. I hate reading and, unfortunately, so does my 16 year old son. But I am addicted to the wealth of knowledge that can be gained by reading blogs. It's limitless. There is always something new and powerful. It sounds like a drug doesn't it. But it can be good for you.
So, I listed 6 marketing blogs to help you get started on your habit:
- Unfair Advantage – I know that was a cheap shot and shameless self-promotion. I would love to be listed on a super-duper list one day. Most of the lists that I get myself on these days are lists that start with a "b" like "black list" or an "s" like " ___t" list. But that's another blog post.
- Seth Godin – If you could just read one blog a day for the rest of your life, this blog just might be it. Insightful, thought-provoking, and kick-in-the-butt moving.
- Hubspot – Hubspot is actually an internet marketing software vendor. Please don't let that stop you from visiting. Packed, packed, packed with info every day. It will lead you down many valuable paths to feed your own blogging addiction.
- Duct Tape Marketing – Duct tape? Yes, duct tape can solve everything, including your marketing problems. John Jantsch is wonderful. I have sat in on some webinars and podcasts and for the small business owner; he speaks directly to your needs, issues and challenges. Tons of resources as well.
- Groundswell – These guys don't post every day, but when they do, it's worth it. Josh Bernoff is the writer and it's really practical stuff. Also, get the book Groundswell to read or listen to the audiobook.
- Mike Volpe – I really hesitated on this one because I don't want it taken the wrong way. But Mike is VP Inbound Marketing @ Hubspot. I have already listed the Hubspot blog. I am not on the payroll at Hubspot, but Mike just gives very personal, practical touch to the marketing advice. Just say he puts a face on the strategies.
Are these the top six marketing blogs of all time? Certainly not. And everyone on that list could list 5-6 blogs off the top of their head and never think of putting their own blog on the list (like I did). These are just some of my favorites. They are widely read and a great start for any wanna be junkie.
If you want to help my blogging habit pay off so I can justify my time online…please visit my websites OBX Advantage and Advantage Printing. (That's my "Call to Action" in marketing terms. I learned that reading a blog.)