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Top Social Media Blogs 2010

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On January 15, 2010 Social Media Examiner announced the finalists for the Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2010 contest. They set out to pick the winners based on initial qualification, blog ranking, reader involvement, frequency of posts and quality of posts.

Of course, there could have been an entirely different list of criteria. This is where I enter a dream state – lets called it Fantasy Laura – where I select the winner based on the criteria I set out in my previous blog called Top 15 Blogging Best Practices. Fantasy Laura is a beautiful place where I have a personal chef, bunnies have wings and the powers that be in the social media world turn a blind eye and let me have my 12 seconds of fame.

Drum roll please… based on the top 10 blogs that the judges on Social Media Examiner have deemed worthy and on Fantasy Laura’s criteria, the winner of Top social Media Blog 2010 is Mashable. Okay, granted that was a bit anti climatic, but true nonetheless. Runners up include Chris Brogan, Copyblogger and Convince & Convert. They are my heros, a tip of my hat to you all.

The vast majority of nominees were using most of the best practices listed in my previous blog post, so for the most part, it came down to a matter of degree. The winner and those nominated posted more frequently, used shorter copy (if the copy was long-ish, but used bullets, bold font, italics, etc. that was sufficient since readability is what’s key here), more effective use of visuals, and the degree of ‘catchiness’ in the header (more of an art than a science, really). Those were the main points of differentiation.

Fantasy Laura now turns to you, dear reader, what social media blog do you vote as being the best and why?

Photo credit: Reinante El Pintor de Fuego

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