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Top 10 Gen Y Blogs: February 2009

You voted. The results are in.

As you know putting together the Top 10 Gen Y Blog list had become quite the chore so I decided to open the voting up to all of you guys, and I put together this ballot. I was really pleased with the amount of people who submitted ballots, and the results of the voting. Without my bias in the mix, February’s list will hopefully introduce you to some new blogs. Without further ado:

Also Receiving Votes:
Young Go Getter, Quarter Life Lady, Girl Meets Business, The Millennium Marketer, I Hate HR, Working Girl, Two Notes Ahead, Life Before Noon, El Gaffney, Feverbee, Fake Plastic Noodles, Driven Leaders, Keep Up With Me, M-Cause, and Ryan Stephens Marketing

Close, but No Cigar:
The Office Newb – Jacqui Tom (a.k.a The Office Newb) offers you the latest tips, insight and stories about being the new kid at the office.
Gen Pink – Elsya’s blog about being a twenty something woman, and letting others know how our generation is different than those before us.
Pipe Dreams & Professions – This blog follows the journey of aspiring writer, Elle Field. It also brings you news from the literary world, book reviews, etc.
Hard Knox Life – The personal blog of Dave Knox, a Brand Manager at a major CPG company. It is about the changing forces in marketing, media & technology.
Watercooler – Home base for those who think about starting a career and ask themselves, what now?
The Schiff Report – Tracks media coverage of Generation Y and related issues. It also includes original analysis.
Personal PR – How the principles and theories, the practices and norms of public relations can work for you, your online identity, your network, your career.
Young Frugal – Business and personal finance for Millennials.
Newly Corporate – Work, life, and the pursuit of happiness for the young professional.

The Top 10 (11) List

10.) (Tie) I Will Teach You To Be Rich – Personal finance blog for college students, recent graduates and everyone else — including entrepreneurship — for getting rich.For me Ramit’s blog is one of the best to go for personal finance advice and tips. I suspect many other Millennials feel the same and that’s why he made this list. His save $1000 in 30 days challenge is a very useful resource and a great place to start if you’re not familiar with his work.

10.) (Tie) Ben Casnocha – A blog about entrepreneurship, books, current affairs, and intellectual life.

Ben’s blog has been a mainstay on my top 10 list since I started putting it together. The blog is consistently updated, and isn’t afraid to delve a little deeper than most Gen Y related blogs, and really make you think. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, which is stimulating whether he’s discussing business or ping-pong, the best of Ben is a solid place to start.

9.) The Rest is Still Unwritten – Tech News and Random Ramblings from a 20-something year old bachelor.

And yet that description doesn’t even begin to encapsulate what David’s blog is about, which for me, his words (always completely transparent) embody his raw journey through life. I’ve recently become acquainted with David’s work as we have seemed to travel in different circles, and I’m glad I have. He discusses stuff other people are scared to put on paper, and makes ambiguity enthralling. This post is one of my favorites that resonates in so many ways.

8.) Modite – This blog gives career advice for a new generation of workers.

It’s no secret that Rebecca’s blog is one of my favorites, and that the only reason she’s been left off the list in the past is because of the lack of consistent updates. Well, that’s changed and you’ve voted her in (and I would’ve too this month). Her blog beautifully intertwines aspects of life and the business world to provide great practical advice and highlights (literally) key takeaways. This piece from Sept. is still one of my favorites, “Social Media is Difficult Like Intimacy.”

7.) Politicoholic – This blog is currently host to Nisha’s commentary about a wide variety of issues, mostly political and social.

Like David and a few others remaining on this list, Nisha is another writer who I have recently become acquainted with. Her blog is a great resource for staying up to date on important political and social issues and the implications of those (on Gen Y or otherwise). When I really took notice of Nisha’s work was when she won Brazen’s “How Blogging Changes Lives,” contest with this brilliant piece: “Forget Careers. Blogging Changes Lives.” Really, read it. It’s astounding.

6.) The Creative Career – The transition from college into life in the big city, looking at how students can prepare for the ever-changing roles in communications, marketing and public relations.

Allie’s blog is another that I have recently become acquainted with. Like Rebecca’s blog it is chock full of practical advice and tips you can apply to your life immediately. Her design (thesis) is clean and smooth, and her frequency of posts rivals most in this busy Gen Y crowd. What draws me in the most is the variety of different posts, all relevant, and invariably keeping me from getting burned out. This post showcases her solid practical approach about an issue relevant to Gen Y.

5.) Employee Evolution – Dedicated to helping the millennial generation answer the hard-hitting questions that come with the biggest transition of their lives.

Ryan rounds out the other half of our only blogging couple to make the top 10 list. Employee Evolution has been on every previous list of the Top 10 Gen Y blogs, and I don’t envision it going anywhere, even with Healy’s partner in crime, Ryan Paugh, taking a different route. Ryan’s often the epitome of brazen and it definitely shines through in his posts and likely resonates with his audience. Here’s a gem.

4.) PR Interactive – A way for Meg to interact with other professionals, students, and professors in communications to further her (and your) knowledge and understanding about the PR field and industry trends.

I think what I like most about Meg’s blog is that she lays it out on a platter, “Here’s what I am interested in right now. It’s probably relevant to you and you can relate to it so as I encounter these issues, feel free to glean insight from my experiences.” At least that’s the feel I get and it works, because she makes it interesting, she makes it work. She also does a great job engaging her readers and cares about your opinion.

3.) Work.Love.Life – Explores topics that range from career development and entrepreneurship to relationships, from personal finances to spirituality and community building.

Like Modite, sometimes Work.Love.Life has been left off of my previous lists due to a lack of updates, but I love Holly’s work and am glad you voted her onto this list. I once stated that she takes authenticity and transparency to a new level, and I’m also learning you readers appreciate that (ala David’s blog at #9).

Virtually every single post has three elements to them: The Holly-side, the Surface-side, and the Deeper-side. I think that’s what makes Work.Love.Life so fascinating and compelling is that we get to see someone (already interesting) engage real issues, what to do on the surface, and then it makes us want to dissect how we encounter similar issues and turn the lens on ourselves. It’s that third part, as much as her transparency that separates her blog in my opinion. Here’s how she found our voices.

2.) Personal Branding Blog – Your #1 resource for personal branding online. this blog includes podcasts, interviews with experts, insightful articles, research reports, games and much more.

I must admit that I was surprised that Dan finally got dethroned, as the Personal Branding Blog has held the top spot every week save the inaugural list, which went to Ben Casnocha. Dan’s re-design is phenomenal, now one of my favorite blog designs online, period. He’s still producing high-quality interviews with prime time players in personal branding, but he’s backed off 7 posts a week. Now, there’s a team of talented contributors each writing one post a week, and the blog hasn’t lost any steam.

The latest Personal Branding Magazine is coming out soon, and it is always a must-read. I am continually impressed with the amount of time Dan is able to commit to personal branding, and if you’re looking to build your personal brand (and you should be), then look no further.

So what blog was worthy of knocking the Personal Branding Blog off of the top spot?

The Number #1 Blog For the Feb. 2009 Edition is……

The Mad Grad

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Here’s the jist: We hope the advice that we provide on this site, based on our own experiences and that of others will be helpful in your quest for the perfect job, house or roommate! But you can get the whole scoop here: About The Mad Grad.

Why this blog continually escaped by reach is beyond me, because it really is a great resource for the Gen Y community. These ladies definitely have their pulse on negotiating all things in life after college. From office party etiquette, to ways to relieve stress at work, there’s plenty of relevant information to be had.

Their breadth isn’t limited to issues at the office though, it expands to living on an entry-level salary, and meeting people in a new city. These are all things that matter to Millennials negotiating this daunting transition. Check out Ashley’s most recent post, “How to Relieve Stress at Work,” and Jenny’s as well, “A New Tomorrow is Finally Here.”

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Compiling this list for my readers and the Gen Y community is something I take great pride in and takes me a significant amount of time (even with opening up votes to you guys).I want to first say that it was immense pleasure getting acquainted with some of these blogs I was less familiar with, and I look forward to reading and learning more from each of you. Please feel free to reach out and connect, and start a conversation with me.Second, I’m very glad we have some new faces on this list (as my bias was probably unintentionally skewing the list a bit). I think that the influx of new blogs will only serve to make this a much more competitive list, and challenge each of us to push ourselves to continue putting out great content. Thanks again to Ryan Paugh for introducing me to some new blogs for the initial ballot.

Moving Forward: I’ve decided I will produce the list bi-monthly so the next list will go live April 1st. I will open voting near the beginning of March. If you voted on this list, had your blog featured on this list, or are interested in the list in anyway and would like to receive notification when voting has opened (and when new lists come out) please send a blank e-mail entitled, “Gen Y Top Blogs,” to ryanstephens (at) gmail.com. I will not use your e-mail for anything other than what I’ve just specified, nor would I ever share it.

Thanks for everyone for continuing to help make this list a great resource for the Gen Y community.

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  • http://personalbrandingblog.com Dan Schawbel

    Ryan, I think this list is going to be a big brand builder for you because no one else has done it and you’ve been consistent at it. You’ve also allowed for voting aka community participation which is genius.

    It sucks being #2 because you don’t get a link to your blog ;)

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    admin Reply:

    @Dan – Congrats on being #2 on the list, even though deep down I know you have to be a little disappointed to pass the crown.

    I’m glad you mentioned the voting because I was actually inspired by Valeria Maltoni to start implementing some ideas (i.e. voting) that enabled a conversation around this list. And I really want some conversation.

    I don’t know if that will take place across multiple channels, or if we can take it to the Brazen forums, or I end up creating a Ning (or something similar) for it.

    And the link is fixed, sorry about that!

    Thanks again for commenting, AND for all the help/advice you’ve given me throughout the last six months or so.

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  • http://fakeplasticnoodles.com Melanie Seasons

    Nice to be nominated! Thanks :)

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    admin Reply:

    @Melanie – Congrats. I have enjoyed getting acquainted with Fake Plastic Noodles.

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  • http://modite.com/blog Rebecca

    Thanks so much Ryan – there are so many great blogs and it feels good to be recognized after putting so much work into something I enjoy. Perfect way to start a Monday ;)

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    admin Reply:

    @Rebecca – Glad I could help our your morale on a Monday. Hope the new job is treating you well, and that it won’t take away from your blogging time.

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  • http://nishachittal.wordpress.com Nisha

    Thanks for compiling this list Ryan. I found some great new blogs to read, and I’m flattered to be on the same list as some of my favorite blogs, considering I wasn’t even blogging until 4 months ago…

    Nisha

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    admin Reply:

    @Nisha – You’ve certainly come a long way in 4 months. WAY faster than I have in an entire year as far as I’m concerned. Keep rockin’

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  • http://themadgrad.com/ Ashley

    thanks for recognizing us! What a great list- it’s nice to be introduced to these wonderful new gen y blogs. will have to update the blog roll.

    with all of the blogs out there, it can be difficult to keep up with the other blogs in our same genre dedicated to gen y.

    thanks again!

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    admin Reply:

    @Ashley – Congrats to you and Jenny. Must be nice topping the list in your first time on the ballot. It is virtually impossible to keep up with all the great blogs in the gen y genre. And I hate to pigeon-hole us in that genre as well, we cover a lot of great and interesting topics that really bring value to people’s lives (at least I’d like to think so!)

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  • http://www.diamondkt.blogspot.com David

    I’m honored to take the #9 spot! Thanks for nominating me and for the kind words, Ryan. And thanks to everyone who voted for me.

    I’m happy to see a couple of my favorite blogs on this list and those blogs that I haven’t read in the past, I’m going to make a point to check them out tonight. Congrats to all the Top 10 Gen Y bloggers!

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    admin Reply:

    @David – Like I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’m glad I’ve come across your blog, and I love your ‘in the raw’ approach. So authentic!

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  • http://thecreativecareer.com Allie Osmar

    This is great – I read a lot of these and agree that there’s some good stuff here, and I see some that I’ll have to check out. Thanks Ryan.

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    @Allie – Your welcome. Let me know the ones that really appeal to you after you’ve gone through.

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  • http://ben.casnocha.com Ben Casnocha

    As always Ryan thanks for the kind words!

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    admin Reply:

    @Ben – As always, it’s my pleasure. Keep putting up great content that makes people think!

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  • http://www.quarterlifelady.com Akirah

    This is great. I am happy to have even been mentioned. I just recently started blogging and I’ve been blown away by all the amazing people I’ve gotten to know. We may be young, but there are certainly many talented Gen Y bloggers out there!

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  • http://brentongieser.com Brenton Gieser

    Ryan, thanks for such an amazing list of Gen Yers who have taken a unique approach to work and life. Being active in social media and entrepreneurship you’re able to make relationships with up and coming influencers and follow their blogs. Many blogs of people have been helpful…but here are two blogs that stand out to me:

    http://www.junloayza.com/
    http://www.illuminatedmind.net/

    If you haven’t already check out these blogs yet, they are very worth a RSS subscription.
    .-= Brenton Gieser´s last blog ..How to Catch a Whale on Twitter =-.

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