A year of blogging

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

Today marks the official one year anniversary since I started blogging and I’ve been racking my brain to come up with an appropriate post to celebrate the milestone. Rather than talk about a hot topic or take a look back at the last 12 months, I wanted to dedicate the site’s birthday to some of the blogs and bloggers who inspired me to get scribbling in the first place.

So here it is. A round-up of some of my favourite PR blogs which if you’re not following already you really should…

Richard Bailey (PR Studies/PR Place) – Known for PR Studies and now found blogging over at PR Place – a newly created resource where “communications practice meets scholarship” – Richard presents an academic standpoint on a wealth of topics (his latest post on the debate surrounding PR membership bodies is a timely must read). He’s also helped nurture young talent in the industry as editor of Behind the Spin for ten years, shining a light on the #bestPRblogs from PR students and those aspiring to work in the industry, he’s even been kind enough to feature some of my own posts over the past year.

Marcel Klebba (MK)#PRstudent alumni Marcel is an inspiration to anyone starting out in the industry. Not only did he land an account exec role with a big London agency straight out of university, but his freshman blog MK recently won the Vuelio blog award in the PR, Media and Communications category. Oh and his photography skills aren’t half bad either…

Stephen Waddington (Wadds) – Stephen’s recently revamped blog is my go-to authority on industry news and hot topics. He distils need-to-know subjects like Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm and the rise of social media bots in a way that’s both accessible and thought-provoking. When it comes to industry forward-thinking Stephen’s site also a good place to start, exploring topics such as the impact of AI technologies on PR and how prepared the industry is for this tech sea change.

Rich Leigh (PR examples) – I first became familiar with Rich’s writing courtesy of his bestselling book ‘Myths of PR’ and since polishing off the last chapter I’ve been enjoying his musings via PR examples, a blog documenting some of the top stunts and campaigns from across the industry. At the end of last year Rich announced the site would be under new management but, rest assured, it remains the same witty, entertaining and topical read it’s always been.

Judy Gombita (PR Conversations) – Comms pro Judy co-runs PR Conversations, home to curated articles, blog posts and opinion pieces from across the industry and indeed around the world – opening up this content to new and wider audiences. For me, it’s another great resource that compiles some interesting topical reads (that you might not come across elsewhere), offering local insights on global PR.

Sarah Stimson (PRcareers) – From sage careers advice on multi-author site PRcareers to posts on a diverse range of topics on her personal blog, Sarah’s articles are an immensely useful resource for anyone working or aspiring to work in the industry (her annual round-up of PR internships and grad schemes is a must for those starting out). On a side note, her recent recollection of falling into the Thames on the way to a PR party, and heartfelt follow-up post, is frankly the stuff of legend…

Sarah Hall (Sarah Hall Consulting) – CIPR President 2018 and MD of her own consultancy, Sarah speaks passionately about best practice on her blog and isn’t afraid to ask big questions of the industry around topics such as diversity, ethics and professionalism. She recently outlined the CIPR plan for 2018 and I for one can’t wait to see what she achieves

over the next year.

Helen Reynolds (Social for the People) – A social media expert, Helen’s blog is great for all things digital. Her featured post on responding to social media engagement offers a handy guide for community managers but it has to be Helen’s satirical comms doodles I love the most, with a scarily accurate humour all PR pros will relate to. Check out her ‘Comms Facepalm Bingo’ as a starter for ten.

Of course, there are undoubtedly other great blogs and bloggers out there who have had an influence on the site over the past year but to list them could very well take another year. All that’s left to say then is a big thank you to everyone who continues to visit the site, there’s much more to follow over the next year, including a refurbishment of sorts, so watch this space…

Any suggestions for future reading are gratefully received on social or in the comments section below.

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