Tech news for business people: say hi to VentureBeat. It gives information about technological trends, specifically targeted at executives in both big and small companies. This blog helps managers make use of social media, mobile technology and more.
Trending topics such as the Facebook investment hype and even the new Diablo III game are covered with many articles, written by tech-savvies who know what they’re talking about. Apart from the many informative posts, here’s one about game addicts’ preparation for the Diablo III release. Have a laugh, then check out all the useful info on this blog.
Leo Babauta quit smoking, started running, became vegan, and ended up writing a best-seller novel and having one of the top-ranked blogs in the US. Showing the world that having a healthy lifestyle is not just for fitness freaks, environmentalists or yogis. Zen Habits is his first blog, that got itself to the Time magazine top 25 within a year.
Internet, social media, technology: it can be so useful, but often very distracting. Zen Habits helps you to keep it simple and to stay focused on what is most important in life: living. Here‘s a post that helps you avoid getting distracted by all the temptations on the World Wide Web. Breathe. Relax. Be zen.
Are you ready for some career building? Brazen Careerist will happily be your source of inspiration. With relevant and practical advice for college students and professionals, this blog can help you build a network, get a job, make your boss happy, and eventually, build an incredible career.
If career building is not your Ultimate Goal In Life, Brazen Careerist can still offer you some useful tips about for instance taxes, having a job alongside your studies or how to write cool blogs. A call to all bloggers: read this article. Learn. To. Be. Concise.
PR professionals: making a living out of manipulating people’s minds. These spin doctors often don’t have a very positive image, but this blog proves their critics wrong: it fights the negative connotations around PR and shows that most PR really is ethical, and not manipulative.
There are of course exceptions to the rule, that are also tackled on the blog, along with suggestions to improve these shady spinning practices. Spin Sucks looks at all dimensions or PR: social media, advertising, marketing and more. Here’s a (slightly discomforting) article about neuromarketing. Beware of bad PR, but have faith. Not all spin sucks.
Ah, how I love the sound of a little sarcasm in the morning. To counter all the raving reports stating Facebook Is The Road Towards Democracy and Twitter Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me Besides Having Children, The Anti-Social Media Blog is, surprisingly, not another ode to social media.
Jay Dolan writes posts about how social media is creeping into our lives, and points at the dark, shady, and annoying aspects of Facebook, Twitter, and more. So social media ain’t all that good. But Jay sure has made his blog a wild success, attracting both social media haters and lovers.
Apart from many funny posts about the irritating and frustrating parts of social media, Jay also has some useful advice about managing your online persona. Here’s his guide to becoming a badass on Linkedin.
Modern Nerd points at, and jokes about, everyday nerdy issues and dilemmas. It has been launched by Nick Cernis, a designer-slash-programmer, living in the UK. From the quality of toilet paper in office bathrooms to his own mental battle before buying an iPhone: Modern Nerd is funny, cynical, and sometimes, quite useful.
An especially relevant article stresses the ‘Importance of abandoning crap’:
“Anyone can make something. But to make something great, you have to find the courage to ditch the things dribbling along at half-past average.”
Read it. Learn from it. Abandon your crap.
KISSmetrics targets businesses online, and offers marketing software that help companies monitor and manage their online visitors. But this is not the end of the story: the KISSmetrics blog is a beautifully designed source of information for companies that are starting to get the hang of communicating with their customers online.
On this blog, you can find fun and informative graphical presentations, for instance on how colours affect purchase behaviour, demographics of social media users or how loading time affects a company’s bottom line. It also offers (free!) marketing guides on for instance social media outlets, keyword research, and, of course, blogging. All in all a very useful blog for the less advanced online marketers. Click here to check it out.