Aug 19, 2011

Blog Notes: It’s Business Time

Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests.   And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day. This week my focus is on business blogs. After all, it’s a bottom line, dollars and cents type of world. We all need to pay our bills. We all need to keep the lights on. In a way doing business (hopefully good business) is everyone’s business. So with that in mind, let’s ring up the accountant, take a look at our balance sheets and enjoy this brief roundup of some of the best business blogs I’ve seen lately.

Fast Company hails itself as the leading voice for progressive business. They champion a school of thought called “ethical economics” (or “ethonomics”). The idea is that you can do good while still doing well for yourself. The site is also a great educational resource with features such as the 60-second MBA. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that stressed corporate social responsibility and other green business practices. Check out the full review here.

Business Insider is not just a good business site. It’s a good site, plain and simple. Regardless of your portfolio size, anyone can learn a thing or two from them. And it’s not all business. It’s culture, media, entertainment, sports and just about everything else you can think of… with a business element tied in of course. As such, if I were to pitch this blog, I might look for stories that sit at the intersection of business and, well, pretty much anything else. Check out the full review here.

Consumerist is a business blog, but it’s by no means one geared towards CEOs and bankers. Like the name suggests, they’re looking out for the consumer. And let’s face it, in today’s world that’s rare. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that have the individual’s concerns in sight. And keep in mind that they’re a non-profit, if you’re planning to pitch a product for review. They will trash it if they see fit. Check out the full review here.

Get Rich Slowly is a great blog. It’s also a grouping of words that goes against everything our culture tells us. We’re not prone to being frugal, or otherwise smart with our money. But if the current economic straits teach us anything, maybe we should look into what these guys have to say. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that highlight personal finance. Check out the full review here.

Dealbreaker can best be described as a tabloid for Wall Street. And in case you haven’t been watching the news lately, things are getting pretty – how do I put this – interesting on Wall Street these days. Dealbreaker provides a great breakdown of the day’s news that you don’t need an MBA to understand. If I were pitching this blog, I’d give it to them straight and maybe have a sense of humor about it, as the site is pretty funny. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations.

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