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LEWIS PR’s Top 10 Blogs & Posts of 2011

With the leftover Christmas Turkey consumed and New Years Eve on the horizon, we thought it time for us to collate our favourite blogs and posts of 2011 and share them with the world.

These are not listed in any particular order, but all are rather brilliant and you should take the time during the festive hiatus to peruse their wares.

Click the article headers to read the specific posts and the blog names to go straight to the respective homepages…

GigaomWhy Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels

One of our favourite tech blogs providing us with rare insight into the relationship between record labels and digital-music subscription services. Trés interessant.

The KernelFacebook is destroying fragile subcultures

The new kid on the block with values of quality technology journalism at its heart, The Kernel’s outspoken, investigative take on the many facets of technology in society is proving rather popular at LEWIS. This is the first post after the site launched, but it’s definitely worth subscribing to get them all.

TheNextWebHow the LA times is winning with social media

Another of our favourite blogs earlier this year put together a case study on how the LA Times is using SEO and social to drive engagement and traffic to dizzying heights. Impressive stuff.

Jonathan StarkJonathan’s Card

A truly brilliant experiment in social sharing.

The EconomistTime is money

Nice article written for The Economist’s technology blog on online vs in-real-life (IRL) consumption, and the different values we all attach to time and attention.

Felix Salmon (Reuters)The future of online advertising

One of our posts of the year – Felix examines the role of content providers/curators, the brands that advertise on their platforms and what exactly it is audiences want when they’re on them. Worth your time.

10,000 Words (MediaBistro)The new, convoluted life cycle of a newspaper story

A comprehensive analysis of how news is reported in the digital, social age. Some nice visuals and examples of how it’s done well.

Seth Godin’s BlogAdversity and the route to success

Seth needs no introduction. We love this post because on one hand it’s inspirational and full of wisdom, and then out of nowhere slaps you with some hard startup truth.

Occam’s Razor by Avinash KaushikYour Web Metrics: Super Lame or Super Awesome?

A great piece by the Google co-founder on the state of metric reporting. Read the piece to find out whether you’re awesome or lame.

Address is Approximate: Google Street View Short

We’re finishing not with a blog post as such, but a video that prompted many. This is one of the creative highlights of 2011. A stop motion short by Theory Films using real Google Street View shots to take a toy on a journey, all set to “Arrival of the Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra. Beautiful.

What have been your favourite posts of the year? Tell us in the comments below…

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