The 2009 PR Reader’s Choice Blog Award Winners

Cue music. Curtains. Enter Billy Crystal from stage left (oh wait, I mean Hugh Jackman).

It’s the 2009 PR Reader’s Choice Blog Award winners!

I know you’re all been waiting with bated breath (yeah, right), so we’ll get right to it. But, before we do, I wanted to take a moment to recognize a number of folks who helped me along the way with this work. Amy Mengel for all her help creating the badges. David Mullen for always serving as my trusted sounding board. And Beth Harte, Jen Wilbur, Rachel Kay and David again for helping me recognize the winners.

And I would be remiss, if I didn’t recognize ALL the blogs that were nominated this year. What a tremendous group of smart, insightful and consistently excellent PR blogs. I think we all found a few new adds for our Google Readers this past week. Congratulations to each and every nominee. Finally, I want to thank this community. YOU made this possible. 50-plus nominations, numerous comments, DMs and emails and more than 400 votes! Wow.

Without further ado…drum roll please…your 2009 PR Reader’s Choice Blog Award winners as voted by YOU, the readers:

Best Up-and-Coming Bloglaf1

Lauren Fernandez

Popular post: PR-Not the Final Puzzle Piece in Social Media

Reader Recognition: “Arriba! As the CEO of the CubanaLAF Fan Club, how could I NOT vote for the LAF Blog! Lauren does a great job posing questions and offering her opinion in a thoughtful, friendly manner that welcomes and encourages open discussion (have you seen some of the heated debates recently?). And you’ll hear from professionals of all backgrounds (not just PR). Her fearlessness and “flirty nerd” style keep you coming back for more. If you’re in marketing, you should be reading the LAF Blog.” — Jen Wilbur, RockStar Communications 

Runner-Up: The Lost Jacket, Stuart Foster

Most Educationalsolis2

PR 2.0
Brian Solis

Popular post: Reviving the Traditional Press Release

Reader Recognition: “As the father of Public Relations 2.0, Brian Solis is a driving force behind how public relations is changing from a media relations driven profession to a “public” relations driven profession. Through his blog, PR 2.0, Brian freely shares his wisdom, insights and thought leadership with his community. Public relations professionals would be doing themselves a disservice by not reading Brian’s blog.” — Beth Harte, Harte Marketing & Communications

Runner-Up: Dave Fleet, Dave Fleet

Most Thought-Provokingdannybrown

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Popular post: Is Journchat Losing its Fizz?

Reader Recognition: “I’ve been a great fan of Danny’s blog since the moment I took the plunge into social media, and his writing serves as a great inspiration for me. Danny isn’t afraid to share his opinions or broach subjects that may illicit some mild controversy, which makes his blog such a thought-provoking destination for social media and PR practitioners of all levels. Danny’s content ranges from informative features of must-have social media tools, profiles and interviews of professionals, personal musings on the communication landscape and much more – providing a hearty mix of commentary and information to help us all grow professionally. In addition to compelling content, Danny’s generosity in supporting others has propelled his community of admirers who appreciate his warmth, intelligence and spirit. Congratulations Danny!” — Rachel Kay, RKPR

Runner-Up: Communications Conversations, Arik Hanson (no, I didn’t stuff the ballot box–if fact, in the spirit of transparency, I voted for Mr. Brown here)

Blog of the Yeardefren

PR Squared
Todd Defren

Popular Post: The Next 50 Years of Public Relations

Reader Recognition: “Todd’s blog is one of the ones I read most regularly. He shares incredible insights, engages his blog community well and is a true industry leader in my opinion. In fact, I learn so much from him that he should probably send me an invoice. Don’t tell him I said that, though.” — David Mullen, Communications Catalyst

Runner-Up: Communications Catalyst, David Mullen

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

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26 comments on “The 2009 PR Reader’s Choice Blog Award Winners

  1. SaraKate says:

    Congratulations to all the winners. You all deserve this recognition. I follow every one of your blogs and learn so much from each of you. Keep it up!

    Thanks again, Arik, for putting this all together. Great way to recognize some of the best blogs around (not just the winners, either)!

  2. Congratulations to all the winners. I know in my particular category, I definitely think the right person won. I myself did not hesitate to vote for Brian’s blog, if only for a second to consider Dave’s.

    And thanks are in order for Arik and all of those that helped him organize and pull off these awards. I was thrilled and honored to nominated, and am thankful to have found a few new blogs to add to my reader – and at the end of the day – that’s what it’s about for me.

  3. Words can’t describe how completely honored I have been by this whole process – 20 incredible blogs, all with something new and innovative to offer.

    I am not sure at all how I won, because the category offered so many greats – I’ll definitely be looking to them for guest posts and collaborations in the future.

    And I wouldn’t be me without giving out some special thanks – I wouldn’t be who I am right now without these folks: Arik Hanson, David Mullen, Dave Spinks, Jen Wilbur, Amy Mengel, Kelly Crane, Heather Whaling, Shonali Burke, Beth Harte, Lauren Vargas, Danny Brown, Rachel Kay and Richie Escovedo.

    Thanks for putting this together Arik – and to Jen for my testimonial!

    I look forward to continue reading these blogs!

  4. So great to see these folks get the recognition they deserve…Especially the better half of “Lauren Squared” (@CubanaLAF). Fresh voices and perspectives are always welcome and keep us growing professionally.

  5. And because I’m such a lameoid, I of course left off two impt folks: Jason Sprenger (who also nom’ed me) and Alex Tan.

  6. amymengel says:

    Congrats, winners! I discovered some great new blogs through this contest that I’ve added to my reader. Arik, great idea to pull this contest together and let readers have a voice.

  7. Beth Harte says:

    A huge CONGRATS to the winners!! Lauren and Danny I am so glad that all of your work, effort and wonderfulness (is that even a word?!) are being recognized and honored!

    Brian and Todd are also two of my favorite blogs…but I bet they know that already. 😉

  8. Sonny Gill says:

    Huge congrats to the winners! All very well deserved! It’s great to see new faces shine through and be rewarded for their hard work. 🙂

  9. MatthewRay says:

    Well done to you and your runner ups! Always enjoy reading your blogs and listening in to you guys on twitter – Keep it up!

  10. Danny Brown says:

    Firstly, Arik, sterling work on your side putting all of this together and getting Reader Reviews into the mix – it’s easy to see how much work you’ve put into this.

    Hopefully without sounding too Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m really grateful to everyone who both nominated and voted up my blog in its category, particularly with the other great bloggers in there.

    It is nice to know that what you’re doing is enjoyed, recognized, whatever you wish to describe. It’s what makes blogging such an enjoyable experience – the interaction with your readers and peers.

    So, thank you, truly, for the kind words everyone, and thank you Arik for introducing me to some new blogs I was unaware of.

    Everyone who is helping to push PR to better practices are the real winners – cheers to you all.

  11. Rachel Kay says:

    Arik – amazing job putting this together – what an fantastic group of PR and social media thought leaders. Congrats to everyone honored here; very well deserved!

  12. Arik Hanson says:

    OK, I just gotta jump in here and say Danny comparing himself to Gwyneth Paltrow just made my day. Ha!

    Thanks all for the words of support–it really was a labor of love.

    And kudos to Beth for inventing a new word today: “wonderfulness.” Beth, you’re so innovative 😉

  13. Anyone else picturing DB in a blonde wig with heels?

  14. Only you Lauren…only you. Congrats to all the winners…truly a badass group.

  15. Whatever, Stuart. You were picturing it too!

  16. I didn’t talk about it though ;p

  17. Danny Brown says:

    @Stuart and @Lauren. Umm…. 😉

    @Rachel – I was remiss in forgetting earlier, but thank you so much for your really kind Reader Review. I’m glad the blog connects with you and I hope I can keep you thinking the way you mentioned. Too kind – thank you. 🙂

  18. Todd Defren says:

    I know I am late to the party (travel! meetings!) but wanted to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH. What an honor. I am humbled.

  19. CONGRATULATIONS all!!! I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy. 🙂

  20. Ryan May says:

    Congrats to all the winners. It may be cliche but is was an honor to be nominated.

    Arik your leadership in pulling this together is extraordinary. I admire your focus and ambition for communications.



  21. Congrats to the winners. I’m a fan of ALL of these blogs!