The fine folks at Eloqua and JESS3 have seen some lovely blogs, and have created a unique infographic called The Blog Tree that categorizes some of the essential sites into roots, branches and leaves sorted by categories and relative site traffic. It's a fascinating look at some of the key blogs (which I've linked to below) and how they fit together.
Before we get to the full list, I've collected some great quotes about trees that seem to apply to the world of social media and digital marketing from authors, poets and leaders. See if any of these inspire you.
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a
green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and
deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the
man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.
- William Blake, 1799, The Letters
Evolution did not intend trees to grow singly. Far more than ourselves they
are social creatures, and no more natural as isolated specimens than man
is as a marooned sailor or hermit.
- John Fowles
O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,
Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance.
- William Butler Yeats, Among School Children
Good timber does not grow with ease;
the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.
- J. Willard Marriott
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
- Abraham Lincoln
The following is the complete list of blogs in The Blog Tree. Feel free to lift this list and put it on your blog - but also feel free to add to it. There's also a taggable version available on Facebook. If there are other blogs you think are worthy of our orchard, please consider leaving suggestions in the comments section below or expand the list on your site, linking back here.
And lest you think that it's unattainable to reach the level of any of the prolific and thought-provoking authors above, I refer you to Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
The Next Web
Venture Capital / Entrepreneurship
Cracking the Code
Seeing Both Sides
Paul Graham, YCombinator, Essays
Both Sides of the Table
Above The Crowd
Master of 500 Hats
Blog of David Skok
The Big Fat Marketing Blog
The Wisdom of Clouds/James Urquhart
Chief Marketing Technologist
Customer Experience Matrix
Blogs.bnet Sales Machine
B2B Lead Generation Blog / InTouch
Content Marketing Today
How To Change The World
It's All About Revenue
Smashmouth Marketing Blog
Being Peter Kim
Chris Koch’s B2B Marketing Blog
Dianna Huff's B2B MarCom Writing Blog
Inside the Marketer's Studio
Six Pixels of Separation
Awaken Your Superhero
Digital Body Language
A Shel of My Former Self
Logic + Emotion
Buzz Marketing For Technology
Influential Marketing Blog
Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang
Convince and Convert
Social Media B2B
Social Media Marketing Blog
Social Media Examiner
Smart Brief on Social Media