The concept of blogging hit the mainstream only within the last decade and now most of us have at least a handful of blogs we read regularly. Recent estimates say there are 250 to 300 million blogs in existence. Here we highlight 11 favorite blogs for entrepreneurs and marketers.
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, author and a celebrity in marketing circles. He often inspires people to try different ways of doing things, and his blog mixes commentary, news and personal anecdotes to share such an approach.
A small business-focused blog from American Express, OPEN Forum is an excellent resource for business leaders, covering everything from managing people to marketing to technology. A broad range of contributors keeps the ideas fresh and helps bring perspectives from various industries.
This is a must-read if you're looking for career advice or want to be a better manager. Alison Green started the Q&A blog a few years ago and its popularity has grown tremendously. Her answers are always reasonable, her background in nonprofits brings a fresh perspective, and she's a frequent contributor to U.S. News & World Report on career search and management issues.
She calls herself a desperate housewife who channels Lucille Ball, Vivien Leigh and Ethel Merman. Packed with everything form recipes to a full range of DIY projects, the Pioneer Woman recently released her second cookbook and even has a show on Food Network. Her loyal readers support her posts with hundreds, sometimes thousands of comments, and to call it just another lifestyle blog would be a disservice.
As the name suggests, this blog covers news and trends in the small business world. The site has a great sense of community with an active spirit that's evident in comments and discussions.
Perhaps the crème de la crème of business-related sites, the HBR Blog presents detailed insights, deeply researched case studies and insightful opinion pieces. Whether you're trying to figure out how to lead a business or see where your efforts might fit into the human experience, the HBR blogs have probably covered it.
If you do anything that touches tech or social media, you need to read Mashable at least once a day. The site has firmly established its place in the digital world and has a wealth of news, trends and case studies that are invaluable for businesses navigating new media.
This content-marketing-focused site has a great blog covering everything from copywriting to SEO. While the site sells various ebooks and training services, the articles are free and feature some well-known names in the industry.
Focused exclusively on small businesses and new entrepreneurs, Noobpreneur is a startup on its own and is a good forum for those looking to launch a small business.
Blogging since 2005, Matt's blog covers SEO as well as general developments in technology. What's great about this blog is the expertise and exposure that comes from Matt's day job—as head of Google's Webspam team.
What blog list would be complete without our own? The LegalZoom blog highlights intriguing legal cases, intellectual property protection issues and weekly roundups of stories related to the small business world.