October 30, 2007

"12 of the most inspiring, helpful, and incredible blogs that you have never heard of, but probably should have."

There are an estimated 15 to 30 million blogs owned in the United States alone. That's roughly one blog for every 20 people - not including blogs that have been discontinued or bloggers who own more than one blog.

Of those millions of blogs, there are only a few hundred that could be considered great, let alone truly helpful. And of that handful of great blogs, only a small amount provide extremely useful content for their niche. But a lot of the time there are great blogs that get overlooked; blogs that provide helpful, useful, and inspirational content, but are lost among the crowd.

Fortunately for you, I've spent the past several days compiling a list of 12 of the most inspiring, helpful, and incredible blogs that you have never heard of, but probably should have.

Take some time to stop by each one, I guarantee you will like what you read.

What are you waiting for? Start clicking.

Blogs Related to Design

1. Ideas on Ideas - The creative blog of smashLAB.com, though the posts are few and far between, each one questions the design industry and presents creative solutions to design-related problems.

2. Tutorial Blog - Whether you're looking for inspiration, tutorials, or something new to read, Tutorial Blog is the premier blog for incredible design news and articles.

3. Presentation Zen - A simple blog that discusses simple design solutions. Not only does Presentation Zen do a superb job with their unique content posts, but they also practice what they preach.

4. Juggling Man Design Group - Jason Newcomb may just be a graphic design student, but he is a creative genius with this blog of his. He often provides extremely valuable insight into creative processes, and a lot of the time his blog is filled with experiments and techniques you can try on your own.

Blogs Related to Online Marketing

5. Vendelay Blog - Vendelay Website Design provides some of the best online marketing articles in their online blog. Whether you are a new online marketer, or a veteran, Vandelay will have something that will peek your interest. Guaranteed.

6. The WWW Observer - Providing extremely helpful resources for any online marketer, this blog is one that you will want to check out if you run your own website or blog.

7. The Social Media Marketing Guru - One of the cleanest, most professional online marketing blogs I have ever seen. The SMM Guru gives great advice and insight into the world of online marketing. If you only read one or two blogs from this list, make SMM Guru one of them.

8. Search Engine Marketing Operational Excellence - SEMOE covers more of the technical aspects of online marketing, with articles varying from Pay-Per-Click control and improving Adwords, to designing for search engine marketing. With over 7 years of marketing experience, Matt LeVeque makes SEOMOE a must read for any online marketer.

Blogs Related to the Internet

9. Ms Danielle - Only seven months old and this blog is already one of my favorites. Danielle provides internet-related (and often quirky) insights and a lot of link love. Earlier I mentioned that if you read only one or two blogs from this list, SMM Guru should be one of them, msdanielle.com definitely needs to be other.

10. SiteLogic Web Development - This is one of those blogs you start reading but can't stop. A lot of the content on the SiteLogic blog is from a personal perspective, which makes this blog another can't-miss-read.

11. Social Desire - Full of insightful and unique ideas, Social Desire is a superb web-related blog. Shana Albert is a blogging queen, and she puts all of her talents and knowledge into this blog to make it one of the best, overlooked blogs of our time.

12. Sebastians Pamphlets - This has been one of my favorite blogs from the first time I found it on Blogger.com (it was once hosted on blogger, like Internet Hunger is now). Sebastian provides some of the most unique, and humorous, articles I have ever read. Always great stuff, and definitely worth a subscription.