As we approach the end of the year, I thought it might be fun to share Ten for 10 in 2010 – a list of people, blogs, apps, platforms and more that I think you might enjoy checking out in 2010.
These are just personal takes, and will probably either see you agreeing or thinking I’ve lost the plot – and either one is fine by me! As with any list, this is subjective so please feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments after the post.
First up, and in no particular order, is Blogs (this is different from Bloggers, which will follow later). I hope you enjoy.
- FU Penguin. The “F” and “U” is exactly what you might think they stand for, and set the tone perfectly for the chortle-fest that is F*ck You Penguin. An irreverent take on cute animals, it rips them to shreds and questions their right to be cute in the first place. A favourite.
- ReadWriteWeb. Providing analysis of web trends and products, ReadWriteWeb is a must-visit if you have any interest in how the web is growing and the direction it’s taking. It covers mobile, technology, business and social, and better still, its writers don’t fall victim to believing their own hype (unlike some at another popular blog that tags itself “the social media guide”).
- PR Breakfast Club. A collective of very cool minds from the public relations field, PR Breakfast Club launched in the second half of 2009 and is already required reading for anyone interested in PR, branding and much more. Not afraid to call things as they are, this should be in your reader today.
- AriWriter. Penned by Ari Herzog, AriWriter is a pretty neat collection of a wide variety of topics, although they’re all tied together by social media or strategy planning. While I don’t always agree with Ari’s point of view, there’s no doubting his passion for his topics and that’s always a plus. Besides, who wants to agree all the time?
- Jackass Letters. Part spoof, part satire, part comedy, part criticism – Jackass Letters is a pretty cool collection of letters sent to various departments of businesses worldwide. Some are just crude, while others are hilarious beyond belief. If you ever need a reminder why business and service are fun, this blog is it.
- The Customer Collective. While its parent site Social Media Today may be the flagship, The Customer Collective is actually my preferred destination. Geared more towards how sales and marketing professionals can communicate better with customers, it offers some great insights from a variety of contributors.
- BlogEngage. More a blog recommendation engine than a dedicated blog, I’m still including BlogEngage as it shares so much good stuff. Think of Digg just for bloggers, and with less gaming of the votes by power users, and you’ll have a good idea of what BlogEngage is all about.
- MA.TT. The personal blog of WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg, MA.TT is a nice collection of information about WordPress, not to mention Matt’s views on blogging in general, technology, start-ups and more. It’s a must-read for any blogger interested in the news around the medium.
- Digital Next. Part of the AdAge family, Digital Next is a great collection of what people see as the future of the web and advertising. Geo-tagging marketing, augmented reality, real-time audience targeting – this is a great resource for future trends and possibilities.
- io9. I’m a geek – I’ve never hid that fact and I’m pretty proud to say my sci-fi nerdiness has followed me into adult life, so io9 is perfect for me. Talking about sci-fi (and sci-fact that could be fiction and vice versa), it’s the ideal stopover for your inner geek.
So that’s the first part of Ten for 10 in 2010. As I mentioned in the intro, these are all places I feel you’d enjoy as new reading fodder next year. But, please feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments.
Hope you join me tomorrow when I look at technology that should leave its mark next year.