Five Managed Services Blogs That Keep Going...

A few months ago, MSPmentor praised several very promising blogs penned by managed service providers, software companies and industry pundits.

Alas, many of those blogs have gone silent. Even worse, they're still online -- allowing everyone to see that they've run out of things to say.

I'll avoid the temptation to list the dead blogs by name. Instead, here are five managed services blogs that continue to move forward with fresh content.

Five Blogs Worth Noting

1. For A Vendor's View: Check out Gary's Blog. Written by Nimsoft CEO Gary Read. I must admit: This is one of my favorite industry sites. Gary goes off on tangents, leaks company news, and tells us about his road trips. For better or for worse, he's real. And that's refreshing.

2. For An MSP's View: Visit SMB IT Pros. From the executives at Everon Technology Services, a managed service provider that landed on the Inc. 5000 list this year. Sure, they cheer for vendor products from time to time. But product and vendor endorsements are fair game in the world of blogs.

3. For Another MSP's View: SBSC & MSP Buzz From Mark. The author is founder and acting CEO of Tech Care Team Inc., an MSP in Charlotte, N.C. I check Mark's blog regularly for his take on Microsoft.

4. For Another Media Person's View: The Open Road, CNet's open source blog, penned by Matt Asay. Not really a managed services blog, but The Open Road can help MSPs get up to speed -- fast -- on all things open source.

5. For A Consultant And Educator's View: MSP University Managed Services Blog. Need some MSP business training? MSP University VP and CIO Erick Simpson wrote the book. Or, the books. He summarizes many of his training themes in his blog.

I'm not saying that I agree with all of the viewpoints found in those blogs. But that's the beauty of collaborative Web sites. Writers and readers are encouraged to weigh in with their opinions.

The Good -- And Bad -- News

Also, remember this:
  • A great blog can raise your company's visibility, strengthen its brand, and enhance your search engine optimization (SEO).
  • A blog that's never updated suggests that you bit off more than you could chew, or hints that you're busy dealing with far more pressing issues.
If you've got a blog on life support, either pull the plug or get writing.

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