The PR Reader’s Choice Blog Award winners


Before we get to the official announcement today, I want to publicly thank a few folks who wrote recommendations for the winners this year: Jay Baer (former winner), Jodi Echakowitz, Abbie Fink, Marcus Sheridan, Ingrid Abboud and Ken Mueller. Thank you all for taking the time to write the thoughtful recommendations below.

I also want to acknowledge all the nominees, finalists and people who nominated and voted this year. I know it’s not the most scientific process, but the intent is simple: To give the community a chance to recognize some of the outstanding blogs we all read each day.

And with that, I hope you will join me in congratulating your 2011 PR Readers’ Choice Award Winners!

Best Up-and-Coming Blog: B2B Bliss

“BlissPR has mastered the difficult balancing act of running an agency-owned, multi-author blog that maintains consistent quality and tonality every day. In the B2B space in particular, they bring fresh perspectives and great ideas that are useful and grounded in reality. As the B2B world further embraces content marketing and storytelling, this up-and-coming blog will become even more of a must-read. For the record, I’m not unbiased, as I’ve had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Sosnow and BlissPR for years. I’m absolutely thrilled for their victory here, which demonstrates (as Arik’s awards have done since 2009) that social media and blogging is indeed a meritocracy – at least in part. Turn your browser to and see what the fuss is about.” — Jay Baer, Convince & Convert (2010 winner)

Most Educational Blog: Journalitics

“One of the things that stands out most about Journalistics is that every blog post, whether it’s written by Jeremy Porter or a contributor, provides PR pro’s with very practical advice.  Rather than simply offering up food for thought, Journalistics makes a point of sharing usable tips, great advice and many suggestions that we can learn from or which reinforce good practices in PR. Kudos on a blog well done!” — Jodi Echakowitz, Echo Communications


Most Thought-Provoking: Waxing Unlyrical

Shonali’s blog, Waxing Unlyrical has become a daily stop for me, which I can’t say about too many blogs. I love her personable and realistic take on the worlds of PR and Social Media. Not only is she intelligent, but she presents her information in an incredibly personal and unassuming way. Unlike a lot of industry pundits, she doesn’t pretend to know everything or have a handle on it all.

Additionally, her blog is truly a community. It’s not just a place for reading content and submitting comments, but a place where real discussion takes place in a friendly manner. Shonali embraces the members of her community and gives more than she takes. I’ve been fortunate that in just a short time I am able to call Shonali a real life friend, even though we have never met in person…yet.” — Ken Mueller, Inkling Media


Blog of the Year: Spin Sucks

I’m a long-time subscriber to Spin Sucks.  What started out as me supporting my friend Gini has turned into a daily dose of knowledge and tremendous discussions around public relations and digital communications.  A good mix of guest bloggers keeps the content fresh and engaging. And with Gini’s perspective tossed in, there’s something there for everyone.” — Abbie Fink (@abbief), HMA Public Relations

10 Reasons I love Gini Dietrich’s blog:
1. The most interactive PR/Blogging community on the web.
2. Gini actively listens, cares, and responds.
3. She’s very diverse in her writings, never same old, same old.
4. She promotes others much harder than she promotes herself.
5. The mood is always ‘happy’.
6. The posts aren’t that long, so it’s not a huge time investment.
7. She’s on the cutting edge of everything Social and Digital.
8. There’s nothing fake about her.
9. How can you not love someone who names their dog Jack Bauer?
10. She’s much prettier than Danny Brown. :-)

— Marcus Sheridan (@thesaleslion),

“Gini Dietrich aka Aunt Gini is the epitome of smarts, humor, friendliness and professionalism. And her blog, Spin Sucks, is no different! Gini has managed to build a massive community of loyal fans and friends that love and respect her both as a person and a PR pro. It’s rare to find a site that teaches you something new not once, but twice a day! Spin Sucks does just that and more – all while making you feel at home and comfortable to join the meaningful conversations that are always taking place. Simply put: I love Spin Sucks and everything it stands for because I greatly admire and adore the incredible woman and friend that’s behind it.” — Ingrid Abboud (@nittygriddyblog)

Note: This is the second year in a row Spin Sucks has won the Blog of the Year award.

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116 comments on “The PR Reader’s Choice Blog Award winners

  1. 3HatsComm says:

    I read Shonali and Gini’s blogs all the time, Jeremy’s is good for sharing helpful usable advice. Haven’t read too much B2B Bliss, so nice to see something new get a vote. Congrats to all the nominees and winners, bravo!

  2. elizabethsosnow says:

    We are completely, totally thrilled to be in this company. The kind words from Jay Baer mean the world to us, and I’ve personally relied on Arik’s friendship and counsel for a long time. A huge thank you from everyone at B2B Bliss :)

  3. JWagoner54 says:

    @spartanberj Congratulations!

  4. SpartanBerj says:

    @JWagoner54 Thanks so much Julie, I hope you have a great day!

  5. JGoldsborough says:

    Congrats to all the winners. Such a great list here! Thanks for the work you do hosting these awards, @arikhanson .

  6. arikhanson says:

    @jaykeith Caught the Twins romp yesterday at Target Field with the family. Go Twins! What’s new with you sir? Good weekend?

  7. LauraScholz says:

    @PRCog Nice new mug, too. Finally getting used to it. :)

  8. PRCog says:

    @laurascholz Thanks much, we’re pretty happy around here :).

  9. PRCog says:

    @laurascholz And thanks, a little birdie took it (cc @mikinzie )

  10. MKNwebsolutions says:

    @SpartanBerj Congrats!

  11. LauraScholz says:

    @PRCog Of course she did! Still need to meet the little birdie in person. :) cc @Mikinzie

  12. PRCog says:

    @laurascholz Oh wow, had totally forgotten you two haven’t met IRL. So when’s the trip up here? cc @Mikinzie

  13. LauraScholz says:

    @PRCog Not sure. My fall is almost completely booked now. :( cc @Mikinzie

  14. elizabethsosnow says:

    @LauraScholz thanks, my friend! how was your holiday?

  15. elizabethsosnow says:

    @PaigeHolden Danke! Lots of fireworks in your recent past?

  16. LauraScholz says:

    @elizabethsosnow I was sick the whole time!! Not so fun. Did manage to feel better enough yesterday to run my 10K & see family.

  17. jaykeith says:

    @arikhanson rough week but a great weekend with friends/family. Really needed it to be honest. How about you? Fireworks with the kids?

  18. PaigeHolden says:

    @elizabethsosnow That was awesome! Yep, all sorts of good things going on with me. How about you?

  19. arikhanson says:

    @jaykeith No fireworks. Too late on a “weeknight.” Pool all four days though. I’m kinda wiped today. Need a vacay from my vacay!

  20. elizabethsosnow says:

    @LauraScholz Um, hold on. You felt sick all week and then were in a 10k?! Consider me humbled :)

  21. elizabethsosnow says:

    @PaigeHolden Well, don’t just leave me hanging! am in NY today, call me?

  22. LauraScholz says:

    @elizabethsosnow Yes, I’m crazy. I was really sick Thurs-Sun. Just jogged the 10K. It was my 10th straight–had to keep the streak going!

  23. PaigeHolden says:

    @elizabethsosnow Sure! 12?

  24. PRCog says:

    @laurascholz Boo :( cc @Mikinzie

  25. jaykeith says:

    @arikhanson I hear you, was in bed at 9:30 and am STILL beat today. But the four days of fun was well worth it. Shot 83 Friday too, not bad!

  26. MattLaCasse says:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to say that it’s obvious why Waxing Unlyrical won most thought provoking. It’s because shonali added me to the guest blogger list. Why would she add me? Only she knows.

  27. arikhanson says:

    @jaykeith Side note: I haven’t played a single round of golf this year yet. My former self would not believe that to be possible.

  28. JayBaer says:

    Congrats to all the very deserving winners. Lots of amazing content and communities out there.

  29. jaykeith says:

    @arikhanson I really hope I never go a year without golf. I can’t process that either, just like your former self. :)

  30. ginidietrich says:

    @MattLaCasse shonali Clearly that’s why. I agree with this statement completely!

  31. ginidietrich says:

    @elizabethsosnow I definitely agree that you’re one of the best up-and-comers. I read you guys all the time…but am pretty partial to your posts, in particular.

  32. ginidietrich says:

    @3HatsComm Do I know you?

  33. ginidietrich says:

    OMG! THREE notes of recommendation?! Arik, you outdid yourself. Thank you!

    I’m really excited to see Shonali, Jeremy, and Elizabeth (and her team here). It’s nice to see some new faces that change the tone of the conversation daily. I know you’ve gotten some feedback to not do these awards again next year, but I’m not sure I agree. While I’d love to defend our title a third year in a row, more importantly you uncovered some voices that aren’t the same old, same old. That’s VERY important!

    HUGE thanks to my friends abbief nittygriddyblog and thesaleslion . Anytime I can win an award because I’m prettier than dannybrown makes me super ecstatic! xoxo

  34. KenMueller says:

    So happy to see my pals @ginidietrich and @Shonali winning here. I’m not overly familiar with the other two, but I’ll be checking them out! Congrats to all of you!

  35. ParkRidgeDDS says:

    Congrats to @ginidietrich for your oh-so-well-deserved Blog of the Year award… the great comments that described why SpinSucks is so deserving of this award were all spot on. This is so awesome!!

  36. faybiz says:

    Wow- kudos on all parts- great places to go!

  37. rachaelseda says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! I really enjoy reading your blogs and look forward to continuing to learn from all of you. Thank you to all of you, including Arik, for continuing to publish and share your knowledge with all of us through your blogs!

  38. JGoldsborough says:

    @ginidietrich @MattLaCasse shonali My thoughts exactly as soon as I saw she won :).

  39. Lisa Gerber says:

    oooo. and you took the screenshot with Kate on the home page! Yay! :) Arik, I love these awards. It introduced me to a few new blogs and well, of course, I’m happy to see some great ones from friends I know such as shonali and @elizabethsosnow (from the entire list of nominees). It also makes me very proud to be on the Spin Sucks team. Thank you!

  40. ginidietrich says:

    @KratzPR Thanks!

  41. ginidietrich says:

    @TRGioia Thanks!

  42. ginidietrich says:

    @SeanMcGinnis Thank yoooou!

  43. ginidietrich says:

    @bgindra Happy Birthday!

  44. ginidietrich says:

    @martinwaxman Thanks!

  45. ginidietrich says:

    @StaciTara Thank you!

  46. SeanMcGinnis says:

    @ginidietrich Well deserved my friend. Most well deserved.

  47. cision says:

    @ginidietrich Congrats to you and @shonali!!

  48. dadarocks says:

    @ginidietrich congrats.

  49. arikhanson says:

    @ginidietrich abbief nittygriddyblog thesaleslion dannybrown We’ll see what the landscape looks like next year about this time. A lot can and will change in those 12 months online. I love these awards, but if there’s no need, I don’t want to continue to do them for the sake of doing them. That said, I have an alternate idea I might pursue.

  50. arikhanson says:

    @JGoldsborough My pleasure. Really.