My Favorite Blogging And Social Business Blogs

June 28, 2011

Andrew Hanely wrote a great guest post today for Jason Falls entitled “That website ain’t gonna visit itself.” The article gave five excellent suggestions for ways to build a community of visitors and commenters at your blog.

You are not entitled to visitors just because you blog. Building community at your site requires an investment of time, effort, learning, and patience. It starts by doing for others that which you want them to do for you. If you are not subscribing to, tweeting, and commenting on the blogs of other’s, you have simply not earned the privilege to host an engaged community at your own site. You are not Seth Godin, so get over it and get to work!

I have to confess that I never heard of Andrew Hanely before today (sorry, Andrew). But I subscribe via RSS to Jason Fall’s excellent blog, and today Jason put his brand on Andrew’s brand by inviting him to guest blog. I read the article, vetted it, and then shared it with my community of followers on Twitter. I signaled Andrew that I had done so by adding his Twitter address to the Tweet. Andrew and I are now connected on Twitter, and I now also subscribe via RSS to his blog. That’s an example the networking Andrew described in his blog post.

Blogging really is like training for a marathon. I’ve run eight marathons, and each required detailed planning, a commitment to execution, and a passion to learn from others how to improve. I never took a class on marathon running. Once I decided it was a goal I wanted to accomplish, I bought a few books to learn the basics and then just started doing what the books advised. I networked with other runners and asked a lot of questions. It’s a tremendous amount of work but also extremely rewarding. The process, while not easy, is relatively simple and anyone that puts their mind to it can do it. The same is true for blogging.

One way I learn from others is by subscribing to blogs on leadership, management, and coaching – the kind of community of folks I want to host at my own site. My blogroll provides a list of some of these blogs I subscribe to and recommend without hesitation.

But I also subscribe to blogs about blogging and social business because they are a rich and robust source of learning how to improve my own skills. I don’t list these in my blogroll because the readers of my blog don’t come here to learn about blogging, but a few of my favorite ones are as follows:

Did I miss your favorite blog on blogging or social business? Do you have any other suggestions about how to build community with your blog? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Roger Scime says:

    Extremely useful post; I was unaware of more than a few of these sites/blogs. A useful addition to my Diigo bookmarks.


    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    I’m still bookmarking with Diigo! Very useful method. Thanks, Bret

  2. Jim Taggart says:

    The most unique point in the guest post is #5, which addresses the face-to-face reality of human beings.

    Roger Scime Reply:

    Jim – I agree that Hanelly’s 5th point—”Go to real life events and introduce yourself.”—is an important one, and one that is too often overlooked by social media-ites.

    I’m currently involved with an organization called ProNet, which counts face-to-face networking as the most effective means of finding a job (ProNet’s primary purpose) or growing a business.

    The second most effective is—in seeming contradiction—networking through LinkedIn. . . But that’s a ‘whole ‘nother story.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Linkedin is, I believe, now more effective for the majority of people than face to face networking. The challenge is most don’t know how to use LinkedIn to network and find a job effectively. Many organizations don’t even advertise job openings like they used to – they go directly to LinkedIn find the candidates they want. Thanks, Bret

    Jim Taggart Reply:

    I’d LOVE to see a post on LinkedIn. As much as I’ve continued to build my network, my view and that of many others is that LinkedIn has become a self-serving virtual medium. People talk about sharing, but too often what you see in discussion groups are thinly disguised sales efforts.

    I’d love to be enlightened.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Your statement about LI discussion groups is in my opinion correct. Job seekers are using LI to connect with decision makers but not via discussion groups. Bret

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    I always use social media tools like Twitter to move toward a face to face interaction, or at least a phone call. Thanks, Jim! Bret

  3. andrew says:

    Bret – I really dig your response to my post on Jason’s blog, it’s worth the read more than the original is.

    And to be honest, I don’t blame you for never having heard of me.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Andrew! Guest posting to Jason’s blog is huge. You have to know your stuff to do that, and you clearly do. Thanks for stopping by here! Bret