Back in my early days as social media manager, I would find myself searching the phrase, “best social media blogs,” on Google regularly. I didn’t do this to steal ideas or copy work. I just wanted to gain inspiration and gather knowledge on topics I was unfamiliar with. And, to this day, I still use this technique.
Today, I work smarter rather than harder.
How you ask?
Instead of going to Google and typing that phrase into the search bar every couple of days, I created a list. A very simple, very time effective way of organizing my favorite social media blogs. And, because I am such an advocate for gaining inspiration and knowledge from sources all over the internet, I will share my list of favorite blogs with you.
While I love the content that Buffer shares (duh), what I really love is reading some of the comments that readers post on the blog posts. More often than not, the people commenting are involved in the world of social media management or online marketing. While reading individual comments may seem a bit time consuming, I love the gratification of finding a golden nugget after some digging. It’s like finding a $20 bill in the couch! Big time win.
Buffer does a great job of creating lists, utilizing links and embedding videos into their blog posts. Not only does their post about URL shorteners depict that, it is full of great information. Hint: I am a huge supporter of link shortening. Like I always say, work smarter not harder.
Find the Buffer blog here.
With SocialMouths’ focus on small businesses, I was originally drawn to this blog because of the promise of helping to turn a “vanilla” social media plan into a “powerhouse profit machine.”
After following along with the great content for sometime, I realized I was also a fan of the author of the blog, Francisco Rosales. Rosales shares content in a way that is grounded, intentional and can be applied in a very practical way. He’s relatable, creative and inspiring. Plus, if you’re in need of training resources, SocialMouths offers that, too!
Find the SocialMouths blog here.
SocialTimes is a entity of Adweek, a magazine and website that covers media news, including print, technology, advertising, branding and television.
SocialTimes focuses largely on Facebook and Twitter. When you visit the SocialTimes homepage, you’ll notice a Facebook and Twitter tab that allows you to filter through one or the other. Other social networks, new and upcoming apps and even news pertaining to marketing techniques will occasionally be presented as well.
SocialTimes sets aside a spot on their homepage for job openings and courses to take within the social media field. Not only can you get great information, you may be able to knock out that training you’ve always wanted to do, or snag that next great job!
Ignite Social Media
I thoroughly enjoy the Pinterest-like homepage Ignite Social Media uses. By displaying their content as they do, I get multiple snippets of information as I scroll. Great graphics consistently draw me in, begging me to click on the post to read more. If I were to say Ignite Social Media doesn’t remind me how important blog design and graphics are, I would be lying.
Ignite Social Media’s “Social You Should Know” series is one that I check out every week. Most similar to a newsletter, “Social You Should Know” gives a brief update of the important social media news of the week. It is a great jumping off point for me to gather more information in a variety of areas.
I am continually on a hunt to gather more information and find new resources to broaded my knowledge. What are some blogs that inspire you? Post in the comments, tweet to us or shout us out on Facebook!