2011 is almost gone, and it is time to make a list of bloggers that I couldn’t be without.
I have been following some of you since I started blogging, some of you I had the good fortune of finding recently.
Few are mentors, many are friends, quite a few are friends in the making. YAY. (You know who you are!).
You have inspired me, you have taught me much more than I cared to know about; you have shown me how to blog with my heart but not leave my smarts behind.
All of us are bloggers here, so can anyone resist a good blogging blog? I know I can’t. Unless I get sick of blogging, which aint happening anytime soon.
1. Darren Rowse, Problogger
I have yet to meet anyone who says bad things about Darren. Whether we comment on Problogger posts or not - and they do publish a lot – we all know we subscribe right? I love the variety in the posts and featured voices. I always find something that makes it to my ‘swipe file’. Thanks Darren & Georgina!
2. Chris Garrett, Chris G
The nicest (and probably the shyest) blogger I know, and not any blogger. The Authority Blogger! I had the pleasure of meeting Chris and Darren both at the Problogger conference. Have the signed Problogger book to prove it too.
3. Danny Brown, For Bloggers By Bloggers
Love his insights, he is a real thought leader. Follow Danny if you want fresh perspectives and want to hear from a guy who tells it like it is. He is the real deal. Check out his blog on social media and marketing. Although I don’t comment much, but I am always reading!
Also they have more great writers at FBBB such as Frank Dickinson, Sarah Arrow, Bob Dunn and Joey Strawn (love his voice!). Thank you guys, you are a pleasure to read – anytime.
4. Martyn Chamberlin, Two Hour Blogger
Martyn is one smart dude. I love his no-nonsense approach to blogging. He always gets straight to the point and there is never any reason to skim anything. The only thing I don’t like about him – he is so young. Makes me feel quite inadequate sometimes.
Oh, he writes very frequently – not! He, and Joseph Putnam, and Chris Garrett, and Derek Halphern. That makes their posts that much worth reading.
5. Joseph Putnam, Blog Tweaks
Ditto for Joseph. Love his clarity, simplicity and conciseness of thought – a winning combination.
6. Blog Tyrant
Nobody knows who is this guy but everybody knows how good he is. His posts are always value packed and never let you down. I especially enjoy his choice in images, always relevant, always thought provoking.
7. Brankica Underwood, Blog Like a Star
Solid tips, lots of heart. Brankica is a one cool blogging chick. I learn a lot from her.
8. Annabel Candy, Successful Blogging
I met the gorgeous Annabel at the Problogger conference as well. Very gracious and humble lady. I always read her blog for inspiration when I am running short on ideas.
9. Judy Dunn Cats Eye Writer
In my past life, I was a teacher. This is why I love Judy’s philosophy of blogging so much. I know where she is coming from and her teaching references are always delightful.
10. Daniel Scocco, Daily Blog Tips
I spoke to Daniel on two occasions precisely - both times when he responded to say yes to my guest posts. (Actually he did say no to one, but who cares). There is plenty of material to satisfy a diverse range of readers, anything from blogging to creating content (my favourite) to SEO or link building. If you can think of it, it’s there.
11. Mary Jaksch, Write to Done
I have learnt a lot from Mary. She runs the successful A list Blogging Club, plus a dozen other blogs. I mention her here as the Editor of Write to Done, my all time favourite writing blog.
Did I mention I was recently a finalist in the Annual Top 10 Writing Blogs Contest 2010-11? (See the side bar, can’t stop shouting from the rooftops).
12. Sonia Simone, Copyblogger
Also met Sonia at the Problogger conference. She is so casual for someone who is a web celebrity. The reason I mention her, instead of Brian Clark; she said she is the one who is 90% responsible for the blog. Well, you get my vote Sonia.
13. Melissa Donovan, Writing Forward
Melissa won’t know me from any other readers on her blog, because I am a lurker there – big time. I really need to let her know how valuable her blog is. The only grammar blog I follow. Wondering if this post might clue her in?
14. Jeff Goins, Goins Writer
I know we are all writers here. We might write different kinds of prose and we might write for totally different reasons, but we still write. Any time you are short on inspiration, read Jeff. No other inspirational writing blog required.
15. Ali Luke, Aliventures
Ali is everywhere, at least everywhere I go. Does this mean we both have exceptionally good taste when it comes to reading – and writing?
16. James Chartrand, Men with Pens
No writer on the web should miss this blog. Thought I’d say this anyway.
Freelance Writing Blogs
17. Ruth Zive, Freelance Writing Blog
Ruth is an extremely talented writer – she is better than most writers on the web. By her own admission, she got raving fans within few months of setting up her blog, many of those wrote passionate nominations for her at Write to Done’s contest. She is also a very kind hearted soul, somebody who is surely becoming a friend. Thank you for your support Ruth.
18. Sean Platt, Ghostwriter Dad
I have been reading Sean’s guest posts in places like Copyblogger but I didn’t come to see him as a mentor until I signed up for blog and got his 30 day series for free. For people who are interested in writing sales letters (copywriting), I would highly recommend Sean. He is friendly, approachable and very inspirational. Go Sean!
19. Carol Tice, Make a Living Writing
I discovered Carol’s blog last year and have been reading her since. Don’t let her casual and sometimes self-deprecating demeanour fool you. She will teach you a thing or two, even when you don’t ask for it. Carol rocks!
20. Oni, Young Prepro
Oni is 18. Years. Old. He too writes about making money from writing, only he shows you how to do it. He has often shared his own traffic and income generation reports. Talk about transparency.
Marketing & Social Media Blogs
21. Ana Hoffman, Traffic Generation Cafe
Ana is the most down to earth blogger I know – for someone who is so successful. Just head over to see her blog and check out the comments she gets on her posts. She has built a community. The best thing about her is the way she writes; anyone who might be technically challenged will still understand what she is talking about. That is her real strength. Love Ana!
22. Kristi Hines, Kikolani
Everybody knows about Kristi. She generates some of the most heavy duty content on her blog and other places – recently I have read a lot of her work on Kissmetrics. She is awesome.
23. Stanford Smith, Pushing Social
Stanford falls in the camp of really smart guys on the web. I really enjoy reading his posts, he is always insightful and regularly dishes out great fodder for thought. A mix of blogging and social media tips – just the perfect amount too. Must read.
24. Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion
Marcus is an all around great guy. His posts always put a smile on my face and his enthusiasm is contagious. He writes about inbound marketing and content strategies and has built an amazing tribe. Leave a comment on any of his posts and you will find out why.
25. Derek Halphern, Social Triggers
When Sonia Simone spoke at Problogger Conference this year, she only mentioned a few people. Guess who was one of them? Derek! This is how big he is, and he won’t hesitate to let you know either, not for a second. Still, he is very friendly and approachable. Plus, is there any other blog like his? I rest my case.
And lastly, I am quickly going to give a shout out to these amazing bloggers who lift my spirit when I am down in the dumps. I must confess, I go to them as I need them, so I am being very selfish here but I won’t let go.
Personal Development Blogs
26. John Sherry, The 100% You
27. Steven Aitchison, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
28. Jennifer Gresham, Everyday Bright
29. Srinivas Rao, The Skool of Life
30. Farnoosh Brock, Prolific Living
31. Christopher Smith & Mike Vardy, Stepcase Lifehack
32. Tess Marshall, The Bold Life
33. Katie Tallo, Momentum Gathering
34. Jonathan Mead, Illuminated Mind
This post – that took hours to complete - is not a lame attempt to ‘network‘ with these bloggers. Many of them are too nice (and too clever) for that. Plus, most of them like me already.
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