The Top 10 Public Relations Blogs


About two years ago, I started a small blog about public relations. But before I even drafted my first post, I spent some time trolling the Internet for other PR blogs to see how the pros do it.

The following is my personal list of the top ten blogs about public relations—it is by no means an end-all-be-all list.

I have bookmarked and enjoyed these blogs for the past few years—I hope you do too!

1. Bad Pitch Blog

This was one of the first blogs I started reading “back in the day” (circa 2007).

It is essential for PR pros because the authors do not merely mock media pitching mistakes; they use them as case examples of what not to do.

And PR folks might want to check this blog periodically—just in case they see their own wares!

2. Spin Sucks

I’ll be honest– this is probably one of the best blogs to read not only for PR, but also for social media, marketing, entrepreneurship and current topics in social media.

Gini Dietrich sticks to her blog’s mission and has such a consistent tone that you feel as though you hear her voice when you read them.

Gini’s got an incredible drive for constantly creating original and helpful content, as well as a steady stream of guest posts that run daily from a variety of experts in their own fields.

All together, this is a great example of what it means to create a social media community around a topic and maintain it.

3. Proper Propaganda

I was initially attracted to the title of this blog and the author’s penchant for vintage socialist propaganda art.

But Jackson Wightman is more than a snarky PR/communications professional.

He’s got a particular sort of wit to his posts, almost as if he never quite takes himself seriously, although he is a seriously talented guy.

Plus, Jackson writes about aspects of PR as they relate to nonprofit organizations and start-up companies, including his own solo PR shop.

4. Waxing Unlyrical

Shonali Burke’s blog is like serenity in blogging form—I feel at peace when I read her posts!

Her blog content consistently hits on many current topics as they relate to PR and social media (including some of her own successful social media campaigns), but she’s also not afraid to take a break and to simply blog about life and reflection.

And while Shonali is working full time at a PR agency now, she hasn’t given up her torch nor her wonderfully delightful blog, thank goodness.

5. The Sword and the Script

Here is the perfect blog for PR/communications folks who want to feel challenged and to stretch their opinions a little.

Frank Strong features a good balance of content that is both challenging to the reader but also approachable at the same time.

You may have to read his posts more than once (it’s okay, I do it all the time), but once you soak it in, or engage with Frank in discussion in the comments, you’ll realize it is well worth the effort.

6. Communications Conversations

I may be biased because Arik Hanson hails from my home state of Minnesota. But his blog is a great resource for PR and social media topics.

Arik is also a huge advocate for bloggers—having organized the Minnesota Blogger Conference and created a truly collaborative environment for bloggers.

His content is always engaging to read and he often features guest posts and interviews with many interesting Midwestern PR/communications pros.

7. KD Paine’s PR Measurement Blog

It’s the dreaded part of working in PR or any communications field—what is the return on investment? How are you going to measure your success?

Fear not, PR pro—KD Paine has your back and she’s blogging about it!

This blog is like the holy grail of measurement tips, case studies, and overall great content.

It’s not as scary as you think measurement is—give KD’s blog a read and you might just find an extremely helpful resource.

8. PR 2.0 Strategies

Here is another of my favorite blogs that I’ve enjoyed over the past few years.

Deirdre Breakenridge is an incredible social media and PR author; her blog is pretty nifty as well.

She’s also a proponent of supporting PR pros with the #PRStudChat series for students, teachers and practitioners of public relations.

Deirdre definitely has her finger on the pulse of where public relations and communications are going, so it’s well worth bookmarking her blog.

9. PRtini

Here is another incredibly helpful blog for PR pro’s run by Heather Whalig, founder of Geben Communication.

Heather is a prolific writer and national speaker, but she never forgets to share helpful resources and links to other articles of interest with her readers.

And who couldn’t like a blog that has an official cocktail?

10. 99 Problems But a Pitch Ain’t One

Okay, so this isn’t a blog in the sense as the others on my list, but c’mon.  We PR people need to laugh sometimes!

So, in between your client emails and press releases drafts, check out his Tumblr and bookmark it for daily lulz or to simply feel assured that you are not alone.

Again, this list is simply my personal list and I hope you find some of these blogs as enjoyable as I do.

What are your favorite PR blogs? Any blogs I may have missed? Feel free to share your favorites as well!

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About Krista Giuffi

Krista Giuffi is a PR and communications professional currently working in alumni relations. She occasionally blogs at PR in Pink. You can also find her on Twitter: @PR_in_Pink. And pink is her favorite color!

Comments

  1. @pr_in_pink Hi Krista! Thanks so much for including me. I share your love for many of those same blogs, too!

  2. jacksonwightman says:

    @PR_in_Pink . VERY kind K. Esp since each of the other folks is far brighter than I. Thanks.

  3. What touching tributes, Krista – thank you! You know, better than many, how I’m trying to figure out balance (sad to say, I ain’t there yet!) with the new gig and all… so to read what you wrote really warmed my heart and gave me a boost I needed. Thank you!!

    •  @Shonali You’ll always be one of my blogger heroes! Balance is more important than blogging sometimes, so I hope you continue to be happy and healthy– just be sure to post now and then to stay in touch :)

  4. Wow, Krista, thank you. Some real heavy hitters on this list.  Not sure I rank with this crew, but appreciate your kind words!

    • You’re welcome, Frank! This is my little tribute to bloggers who have inspired and helped me learn– and you deserve to be on that list :)

  5. Frank_Strong says:

    @TDefren You’re high on my list Todd. :-) @PR_in_Pink

  6. MyMediaInfo says:

    @pr_in_pink Great post, big fan of all the blogs on your list. Also love PRBreakfastClub too.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you for compiling the great list of resources, Krista! I know of some of these, but not all. I’ll definitely be checking them out.

  8. Great list, Krista!

  9. Maxdbwqv9tkpb says:

    @allison_boyer http://t.co/zpXtpwCR

  10. Clarehgdqxm says:

    @wordsdonewrite http://t.co/aZzfWA9Q

  11. wordsdonewrite says:

    @PR_in_Pink Thank YOU for embracing the topic and doing such a great job with it, Krista!

  12. Wow Krista, thanks for including us. Honored to be on the list with so many folks we follow. ^KD

  13. @wordsdonewrite Thank you very much! And @blogworldexpo too (I loved speaking last year, ahem ahem) – so kind of @PR_in_Pink!

  14. wordsdonewrite says:

    @TDefren Todd, would you be interested in doing a follow up to Krista’s post? I have an idea in mind!

  15. dbreakenridge says:

    Krista, thank you so much for your kind words regarding my work in PR and for including PR 2.0 Strategies in your Top 10 List.  You’ve created a great list and I truly admire the work of these dedicated professionals who are helping to propel PR forward!  

  16. dbreakenridge says:

    @wordsdonewrite Thank you! Honored to be on the Top 10 #PR Blogs on @blogworldexpo! http://t.co/cCgZqJ9H

  17. Krista! Thank you! I love your description of Shonali’s blog…it’s so true. She DOES make you feel at peace after you read her. All of these are in my Reader, as well, but I don’t know 99 Problems so I’m off to check them out. 

  18. @dbreakenridge Hey! How are you?

  19. @ericamallison Thanks for the mention! Hope you have a happy Friday :)

  20. @rachaelseda Congrats on the great news. Best of luck on the move and hope to see you again soon.

  21. robfreedman says:

    @Vocus you should check out @JCPR they have a great blog too.

  22. @rachaelseda That’s really a #w00t for the entire #WUL team which includes you!

  23. IvanHernandez_ says:

    @pawelbanaszak Thank you for your RT! Have a nice weekend!

  24. @MPR_PR thanks for the RT. enjoy your weekend!

  25. Hi Krista, I agree with many of your selections, especially Gini Dietrich’s blog – one of the first I subscribed to and still enjoy reading. While I’m not new to PR, I have recently started blogging regularly. Please check out my budding blog at http://www.alpinepr.com/blog. Thanks!

  26. Great list! I recently started a small blog about public relations too. Check it out – http://www.kelseymcbridepr.com/public-relations-blog/

  27. This is such a great list. I’ve been reading The Sword and the Script a lot lately. I can’t wait to check the other ones on this list.

  28. Great list ! Thanks for this.