FINALLY. I started teasing it last night hoping I’d get it up then (and over-deliver), but I really wanted to do justice to the explanations for each of the top 10 Gen Y Blogs. Thanks to everyone who voted and continue to make our efforts to highlight tremendous Gen Y Blogs possible.
ALSO, I would be very appreciative if someone significantly more graphically inclined than me could whip up a badge of sorts everyone could display on their blog linking back to these lists. I know the value you all provide, but I want the entire blogosphere to realize that Gen Y isn’t just a bunch of pretentious trophy-kids, but provide real, valuable insights!
WITHOUT FURTHER ADO…
Also Receiving Votes:
Be Deviant, Sydney Owen, Young Go Getter, Water Cooler, Gen Y PR Prescriptions, The Office Newb, Keep Up With Me, Creative Career, Ryan Paugh, I Hate HR, Young and Frugal, Quarter Life Lady, Next Generation Consulting (Don’t have a link for this blog), Intersected, Two Notes Ahead, Millennium Marketer, Life Before Noon, Gen Pink, Driven Leaders, Hard Knox Life, Pipe Dreams and Professions
Only a few votes separating…
Echodemic – A new blog to the mix, making its debut within a few votes of our top 10. Phil and Josh have solid volume and write about all things Gen Y.
PR Interactive – A way for Meg to interact with other professionals, students, and professors in communications to further her (and your) knowledge and understanding about the PR field and industry trends.
Ryan Stephens – Not sure why any of you clowns would vote for this blog, but I’m flattered nonetheless.
Ben Casnocha – A blog about entrepreneurship, books, current affairs, and intellectual life.
Brazen Careerist – Penelope’s blog is about career advice, and her of course.
Millennial Leaders Blog – Like Echodemic, Bea’s blog made a big push this week. She covers a wide range of Gen Y topics.
I Will Teach You to Be Rich – Personal finance blog for college students, recent graduates and everyone else — including entrepreneurship — for getting rich.
The Top 10 List:
10.) Work Love Life (3) – Explores topics that range from career development and entrepreneurship to relationships, from personal finances to spirituality and community building.
Holly’s blog slipped from the number 3 spot, but she remains on the list. Maybe her fall is because she’s only written two posts on Work Love Life since our last top list. Maybe it’s because of Meredith’s post referring to her blog as a “guilty pleasure,” (I appreciated Meredith’s insight even though I disagreed.) It could be because she’s invested time in launching a new blog. I’d like to think it’s because she’s running around creating crazy blog-worthy stories to share with all of us. In any event, you can suspect she’s “living like her life depends on it.”
9.) Personal PR (NR) – How the principles and theories, the practices and norms of public relations can work for you, your online identity, your network, your career.
Tiffany’s another woman who I’ve always enjoyed to read, and was frequently featured on my old lists before I moved to the voting process. It’s nice to have her back. She has only written a couple of posts since the last list as well. That obviously means the couple she’s done have resonated with her audience. She’s experimenting, less with PR, more with passion and words. It’s a fun shift to witness, and helped her articulate why “It’s Never To Late.”
[Side note: Anyone else think that Susan is just a tremendous filter? If she tells me to read it, I’m there in a hurry. Seems she’s always making incredibly insightful comments on tremendous posts.]
8.) The Rest is Still Unwritten (9) – Tech News and Random Ramblings from a 20-something year old bachelor.
David debuted on the February edition of this list in the 9th spot and moves up a spot this month. The thing about David’s blog is it always feels so fresh to me. Fresh content, fresh ideas, fresh insights. He really mixes it up with short posts that just make me laugh and longer more insightful posts. He has a very distinct voice, and he doesn’t let himself get boxed into one niche, writing about all things that interest him (and his readers as evidenced by the fact that he’s got on of the most commented blogs on this list.)
7.) The Mad Grad (1) – These ladies dish out advice based on their own experiences that they hope will be helpful in your quest for the perfect job, house or roommate!
Ashley and Jenny made a bold debut last week in the #1 spot, but as others will soon find out (and NCAA basketball teams already know), it’s tough to consistently stay atop a list with so many talented competitors. I was very impressed by their coverage of all things involving the transition into life after college. I still am. Like David, these two ladies do a good job intertwining easier to digest nuggets, and more provocative posts that generate a solid amount of discussion.
6.) Modite (8) – This blog gives career advice for a new generation of workers.
Rebecca’s blog moves up two spots from our Feb. edition. Could her ascension have anything to do with the fact that she’s added vlogging to her arsenal? Apparently starting a new job and tolerating Ryan Healy haven’t slowed her down. I love that she’s not afraid to experiment, and I like her new agree/disagree approach of filtering interesting posts for her readers. She’s definitely an edge-walker, and that’s illustrated in this post, “Stop Writing About Social Media to be a Successful Blogger.”
5.) Employee Evolution (5) – Dedicated to helping the millennial generation answer the hard-hitting questions that come with the biggest transition of their lives.
Employee Evolution holds steady at number 5 this month, which is impressive considering Ryan has to run his own company without much funding, in a recession, all the while trying to keep Penelope from borrowing his credit card so he can afford to buy Rebecca Valentine’s flowers for her table so her vlog scenery is pretty. What I like about Ryan’s approach is that it’s totally different than a lot of 20-somethings (coincidentally, that’s why I like theirs as well.)
Most of us take a bit of a vulnerable, we’re learning this all as we go approach, but Ryan’s voice is typically very authoritative and assured. Here’s “10 More Ways Generation Y Will Change the Workplace,” and it’s better than the last ten.
4.) Girl Meets Business (NR) – A blog for young professionals who want to: develop professionally through growth and learning, improve themselves and the world around them, pursue passion and success, and share their thoughts and insights on career development.
From also receiving votes all the way to #4, and deservedly so. Admittedly I wasn’t all that familiar with Angela’s blog (and I try to read most of these blogs periodically so that I have a good pulse of what’s out there.) Because of that, I really delved into her blog this week, and if you haven’t yet, you should be.
Her blog is chocked full of useful pieces offering relevant and valuable tips and advice for essentially becoming a better person (personally and professionally.) As Angela learns, she shares, and we’re able to learn from her. For example, “What I Learned From Blogging that You Can Use in Real Life.” Also, though it came out after votes were tallied, I loved the innovative and insightful approach to this post about the “Seven Deadly Sins of the Professional.”
3.) Twenty Set (NR) – A place to talk about graduate school, married life, and her love of Chicago. At least that’s what her ‘about’ says. I’ll say it’s phenomenal insights into new media, and being a passionate 20-something navigating the real world.
How or why Monica’s blog didn’t even receive votes in our Feb. edition astounds me, but sometimes good blogs slip through the cracks; sometimes they also come roaring back with a vengeance. Like David, Monica is another blogger that has a really great, loyal readership that illustrates that love with an abundance of comments. It’s usually a great sign a blogger is engaging (both in their writing and the way they build community and cultivate relationships.)
What I like most is Monica’s ability to craft her words such that every thing seems so simple by the time I’m done reading her posts. They flow in a such a logical way that I “get it” without having to scour back through. That’s hard for some bloggers, but it seems effortless of her. Besides that she helped me answer a discussion I’ve been having with myself (and Chuck, and Nisha) with this blog post: “You Don’t Need a Blog Topic, Just Start Writing.”
2.) Personal Branding Blog (2) – Your #1 resource for personal branding online. this blog includes podcasts, interviews with experts, insightful articles, research reports, games and much more.
I thought this might be the week that Dan regained his throne atop this list, but alas it wasn’t to be. I suspect he can’t complain too much about holding steady at 2-spot. Dan’s current team of writers is constantly changing (and it’s because he’s picked so well they’re all getting promotions and don’t have time anymore), but the value provided by his blog is not. I guess it doesn’t hurt that he has the author of the #3 blog writing for him once a week, and one of my other favorite bloggers as well.
As we inch ever so close to his book launch (Congrats Dan!), he’s still pumping out awesome content and interviewing some very interesting people like Tony Hsieh and one with author John C. Maxwell, which I particularly enjoyed. Dan thinks about personal branding non-stop. He took one look at February’s top list and goes, “Hey you need a badge people can put on their blogs. That’d be huge!” Needless to say, I’m looking forward to implementing that idea!
AND THE TOP GEN Y BLOG FOR APRIL IS…..
1.) Politicoholic (7) – This blog is currently host to Nisha Chittal’s commentary about a wide variety of issues, mostly political and social.
From #7 last edition, to NUMBER ONE. Why? I’m not sure. You guys voted. But let me speculate for a few. For one, aside from Dan, Ben (and maybe a couple of others) she pumps out more content than most 20-somethings (and it’s damn good content too.) Sure, she talks about politics, at least more than most people our age, but she doesn’t confine herself to one niche, which helps her appeal to a wider range of people. Like so many others on this list she also has a unique voice that’s confident when it should be, and subtle and inquisitive when it makes sense.
In addition, Nisha isn’t just blogging and waiting for things to happen (though you could argue blogging in of itself isn’t just waiting around), but actually acting and trying to convince others to affect change as well. The average person is looking to be led, and even tremendous leaders like a solid focal point sometimes. Recently, I’ve enjoyed her fun comments about SXSW and intriguing piece about women sucking at self promotion.
Top 10 Gen Y Blogs: Feb Edition — http://sn.vc/YaZG