It can be easy to get caught up in being named to top lists on the web.  Quite frankly anyone can create a list of top anything and include those people or things that they find worthy of the list based on a variety of factors.  But I can’t help but feel honored to be included on the Who Are The Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers? list by Forbes.  I mean…it is Forbes right?

Regardless of the circumstances, algorithms, or opinions, I’m flattered and it’s just another feel good moment knowing that the time I spend on my blog means something to others.  So many great names on that list that I respect and enjoy and to be included with them is awesome.  I can’t speak to the exact methodology that was used to determine this list, but I would imagine that my blog factored in way more then anything else.  It just goes to show that creating great content can be a game changer for you personally or professionally.

The funniest thing about finding out about the list was my initial reaction.  It was a mix of shock and excitement, but was immediately followed by this thought…”Man, I need to be doing more!”  How crazy is that?  I get recognition for my efforts thus far, and my first thought is what more could I be doing?  How can I capitalize on this recognition and do more?  I have a full-time job and have to spend the majority of my time delivering on social media work for clients, so it’s very difficult to be able to spend a large amount of time on my personal blog or personal social efforts.  So I can’t imagine how much more I could actually take on, but I certainly feel compelled to do so.

So I’m humbled, but also realistic to know that it’s just a subjective list and could easily be argued (which if you take a look at the comments is already the case).  Let’s be honest, there are some fantastic folks out there not on the list that I would easily include that create amazing content, are socially active and influence significantly.  Some of my recent favs you must make a regular read include, Mark Murnhan, Dino Dogan, Daniel Newman, Francisco Rosales, Jessica Northey, and special shout out to one my personal fav blogs and list detractor Erika Napoletano (her stuff is just plain awesome, and let’s be honest, pretty damn influential).  So many more out there I read and enjoy, but these are just a few that come to mind.

So flattered, honored, but realistic to know that it’s business as usual, and while I will certainly take advantage of the accolades, I’ll continue to stay the course and try to provide useful, entertaining content and connect with others as much as my schedule permits.  Big thanks to all and anyone that takes the time to read.  More to come!