I don’t keep a whole lot in my feed reader, only 16 blogs to be exact. There’s a number of other blogs that I have book marked and read the content I feel is interesting, intriguing and pertinent to my life and what I am currently interested in, but only the 15 which I read virtually every single post. Each of those 15 blogs serves a purpose in my marketing and blogging pursuits.
Chances are if you’re reading my blog you’re already very familiar with all of these blogs, but hopefully I’ll share some that are new to you, resonate with you, and provide value to your life. If that’s the case, please let me know. Did I introduce you someone you weren’t familiar with?
Brazen Careerist (Penelope Trunk) – I like Penelope because she is the queen of authenticity and transparency. There’s some of her stuff that’s hard for me to relate to, but she reminds me that it’s cool yourself, and to not give a rip what your detractors think. If you’re Gen Y and you’re looking for the personal stuff, Holly Hoffman is almost as good and appeals more to Gen Y in that sense.
Chris Brogan – Simply put, my go-to-guy when I want to know anything about social media. He’s a master conversationalist and I puts out more content than anyone in my feed reader. I love the mix of short quips, with the feature posts. Most importantly for me, the full-length feature posts are always actionable. I also follow Chris to become better at starting conversations on my own blog.
Conversation Agent – Ricardo Bueno first introduced me to Valeria’s blog, and I really enjoy it. I will admit though that occasionally I get behind reading her stuff because her posts are consistently day in and day out the longest of anyone I’m subscribed to. Her posts always stimulate me to thinking in-depth about the conversations she’s facilitating; it is just that I don’t always have the time I’d like to digest them all in a syntopical fashion all the time. [Side note: Most of my posts are too long aren’t they?]
Copyblogger – I genuinely believe that since I started reading Brian Clark I’ve become a better writer. He always has a very interesting way of thinking about things (see: Lateral Action) that for whatever reason really resonates with me, and judging by his subscriber count I’m not the only one.
Gary Vaynerchuk – This guy is on fire, and it takes watching one of his 2 minute clips to see why. Stop reading this right now, and go watch his Web 2.0 keynote in NYC right now. Seriously. I’m waiting. I don’t usually like video because I watch 8 minutes to get 4 solid tidbits, but Gary V keeps his videos short and always delivers. And his passion, it’s really contagious.
Influential Marketing – Rohit’s blog (along with Mitch Joel’s and David Armano’s) are two relatively new additions to my feedreader. Influential Marketing isn’t my one stop shop for anything the way many of these blogs are, but I really appreciate Rohit’s reflection and insight into marketing strategy.
Lateral Action – This is the brainchild of Brian Clark (Copyblogger), Tony Clark and Mark McGuinness (Wishful Thinking) and is one of the more innovative projects I’ve seen online. They have a great concept going (Creativity + Productivity = Success) and facilitate conversation surrounding this thought process featuring three unique characters Lou, Jack and Marla.
Logic + Emotion – My favorite part about David Armano’s site is that the stuff he posts is almost always something new, something innovative. A lot of bloggers chatter about what’s already out there, but David always brings new perspective and an interesting way of thinking of things (i.e. his sketches). Plus he’s not quite as active as other “big” marketing bloggers so he’s easier to keep up with.
Personal Branding Blog – Dan is a stand up guy and I definitely consider him somewhat of a mentor. It might surprise him, but I usually much prefer the content he writes than all the interviews he conducts. But either way, he’s providing me with value, and he’s go-to-guy when it comes to personal branding. I’m excited for the debut of his new book Me 2.0.
Problogger – What Brian Clark is for my writing, Darren Rowse is for my blogging. He consistently provides the best tips for becoming a better blogger. I especially like his content about tangible ways to increase your reach and subscriber count. In terms of sheer numbers, he might be most responsible for helping me grow this blog.
Seth’s Blog – I had the fortunate pleasure of interning with Seth this summer, and the amount of stuff you can learn from this guy is outrageous. He’s the best at taking real world examples and making them make sense while staying just ambiguous enough to make you think for yourself. I love that his posts are typically short because my time is valuable, yet I can count on Seth for a key message everytime.
Twist Image – I started reading Mitch’s blog pretty consistently after reading his social media marketing best practices meme. Not only does he have a very engaging and informative weekly podcast, but his blog is written from the perspective of someone who ‘gets’ digital media, new media, and social media marketing.
Web Strategy (by Jeremiah) – One of my favorite things Jeremiah Owyang does is his weekly digest of the social networking space. It’s a great summation of all the news, happenings, and people in new jobs. As an analyst for Forrester, he also brings a little bit different approach sharing the results of some of his studies. It’s fascinating stuff from a different perspective than most of the stuff I typically read, plus apparently he could give me a challenge in fantasy football (though I don’t honestly believe that).
Am I in your feed reader? If not, and you like the content I’ve been providing I’d love for you to subscribe. If you do, shoot me an e-mail and introduce yourself and let me know what you’d like to see on this blog in the future. I have some cool things planned!