Inman News has released its list of the “Top 25 Most Influential Real Estate Bloggers” for 2008. Curiously, the report is only available for download by Inman Premium members (FAIL) or for purchase (DOUBLE FAIL). I’ve had a lot of people ask me to post the report, but as it is clearly marked as copyrighted material and not to be distributed, I can’t do that. But since people were wanting to see it, I asked for — and received — permission to post the names.
My thoughts on this list? As with any “Top Whatever” list, there will be those who are elated to be on it, those that are sad they are not, and those that think it is stupid beyond belief to even have such a list. Having the word “influential” in the title seems to get some folks riled up. I’ll freely admit that I’m not sure exactly what “influential” in this case means. But to get all twisted out of shape about a list — any list — seems pretty silly. It’s just a list for Pete’s sake.
Inman’s own words say this about the list. It’s their list, so it bears repeating:
This annual list of most influential real estate bloggers recognizes those bloggers who are well-known, well-read and have a knack for stirring up discussion and debate on important, timely and relevant topics for the industry.
Are there other “influential” real estate blogs not included on this list? Of course. Are there “better” blogs that should be on a “Top 25” list. Certainly — it really boils down to your definition of “influential” and “better”. Is such a list necessary? Well, the planet isn’t going to tilt off-axis and fly off into the ether without it. So no, it is not necessary — what list of anything on the internet is necessary? Is it interesting? Depends on how you define interesting. Personally, I am honored to share the space with most of these folks because I know and respect many of them. Many have influenced me, by my own definition of influence (which is nebulous and undefinable. I just know it when I feel it).
Bottom line, it’s a list of the subjective opinions of one or more people on the Inman News Staff. That’s about it. Personally, I read almost all of these blogs on a regular basis and find them well written, educational, informative and/or entertaining. That’s why I read blogs, and why I think some might find this list of value. Your mileage may vary.
Broker and Agent Blogs:
Kris Berg – The San Diego Home Blog
Teresa Boardman – St. Paul Real Estate Blog
Noah Rosenblatt – Urbandigs
Daniel Rothamel – Real Estate Zebra
Jay Thompson – Phoenix Real Estate Guy
Michael Wurzer – FBS Blog
Joseph Ferrara – Sellsius Real Estate Blog
Joel Burslem – Future of Real Estate Marketing
Peter Viles – L.A. Land
John Cook – Where are John and Todd?
Housing Bubble Blogger:
Patrick Killelea – Patrick.net