Business Week has a special report called Best of The Web Your Favorite Bloggers, so let's take a look at their top 12.
- Techcrunch - This is a must read for me everyday or at least a must browse to see what is new in the internet world.
- Infectious Greed - Again no issues with this vote, but I just don't have the time to be a regular reader. I always liked the layout with the headlines at the top.
- The Gothamist - No problem with the vote, but not my personal cup of tea. As much as I love the City, living at least 1 hour away puts a damper with the amount of visits I can make.
- Seth's Blog - Seth Godin's blog on advertising and marketing. I forget why I stopped reading his blog, maybe it had to do with the lack of comments scandal from a while back. I still think blogs are a two way conversation otherwise, all you have is a newspaper article. Seth Godin does have a lot of fans....
- Chris Baggott - This one I really don't get, but obviously had a ton of write-in votes. What do you think? Sure Chris is co-founder and CMO of ExactTarget, but there are not a lot of recent posts and as a veteran of email marketing (both acquisition and retention) I don't find the commentary helpful. Plus his Alexa ranking is about a quarter of mine, which doesn't say much about his traffic.
- Scobleizer - A classic read that should have cracked the top 3.
- Blog Maverick - Obviously I'm a fan even though I virtually ignore his basketball posts. Cuban's blog should have made the top 5.
- Internet Outsider - Analysis of the business of the internet which is another must read for me.
- Scripting News - I have no comment because I've never read it, viewed it, or seen a link to it. You know I have to work once in a while.
- BoingBoing - No denying the traffic, but I always just viewed it as a directory of other posts.
- Engadget - I don't visit it regularly because I don't spend that much time reviewing the latest techie gadgets. When I need a new tech idea, I speak to my friends Adrienne and Clay.
- Feld - Not a regular reader, but I can see why people voted this in.
So, who would I add in to the list to replace the 2-3 that I would bump from above?
- GigaOM - I really enjoy the mix of tech, telecom, and internet news. It makes a nice complement to TechCrunch.
- Bambi's MarketWatch Blog - I've been a regular reader of her MarketWatch column for years and I love the combination of financial services news, analysis, and internet commentary.
- Adrants - Websites, good/bad advertising analysis, and just general fun.
Well, that's it. I hope nobody took offense to any commentary because it was in good fun and critique. Obviously anyone on the Business Week list should be celebrated. On a side note, Steve Rubel had a good post on bloggers and whether they Join The Blog Herd or Be Their Own Cow. I personally like making my own posts or at least give my spin on a subject that I think I know a little something about. I made a decision a while back when I figured out the traffic game for my own site (link to more popular posts, put a little commentary in, and then comment on other sites) and that is to worry less about traffic and more about content. Sure I can sift through Digg and link to popular blogs (my favorites are Google Press Releases), but the traffic doesn't come back often. I get more kicks out of people tracking back, making comments (when I'm right or wrong), or seeing someone link to me. Then I know I'm doing something right. Besides, I've met a lot of good people along the way and wish I started this sooner.