These are blogs that I read and visit on a regular basis. If you’re looking for some excellent thought leaders, bloggers, and conversationalists – look no further than these fine folks.
Fellow SMBMSP alumni, speaker, and digital media consultant Arik Hanson is a thought leader in the application of social media for business. With a rich history in PR, and extensive knowledge of both social media and it’s uses by consumers, Arik is one of those great resources to learn from.
Blogging & SOBCon08 friend Becky McCray is one of the principle bloggers behind ‘Small Biz Survival’. A blog focused on small businesses in rural America, she covers the challenges and unique opportunities that these businesses have every day. Her work here is also a great example of how social media knows no boundaries between urban/rural and large/small.
Chris Brogan is one of those larger than life figures in the blogging world. He is also a great thinker and doer. Mentor, instigator, idea machine, there is little that Chris can’t do. He is also one of the nicest guys that you will ever have the chance to meet.
Chris Cree consults companies and organizations on the use of social media. He also writes a great blog on the topic and participates in many groups and efforts to promote social media in multiple environments.
Writing about ‘The Business of Blogging and New Media’, Chris dispenses great advice for bloggers looking to elevate their craft and attract more readers. Co-author of the book ‘ProBlogger – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income’ with Darren Rowse, Chris finds new ways for bloggers to generate income from blogging & associated services.
Community Strategist. That sums up Connie to a “T”. She is one of the most knowledgeable and active community developers/strategists you will ever find. A student of Cluetrain, Connie can identify community issues and devise solutions in most any situation for clients and readers. If you’re a communty manager, you need to read Connies blog.
Master of the personal brand! Dan is a branding dynamo that learned early on to leverage evrything about his brand. As such, he has become one of the most dynamic and energetic experts on the topic. Dan is also a very busy guy, writting a successful blog, publishing his own magazine, all while working full time at EMC.
Staring his web career as a ‘website builder’ Dawud has built a business focusing on serving the customer. He brings his insights to customer-oriented business practices to the social media space, demonstrating how bringing the customer into the conversation benefits and expands business.
A Ph.D. student, Frederic blogs about his interest in technology, web 2.0 and social media. For three years, Frederic has interacted with most all the top names in the blogosphere and social media. Trading barbs and perspectives while bringing his unique perspective all the while. Somehow he seems to be able to get his posts on Techmeme with the best of them and keep the conversation going.
Jeremiah has long given deep analysis to social media & web services. His perspective and work at ‘Web Strategist’ meshes nicely with his work for Forester, bringing business-oriented analysis of social media sites & services to those evaluating the social media space for their companies.
Looking to bring more confidence and creativity to writing as an art, Joanna Young is a longtime blogging friend & SOBCon08 alumnus. As a writing coach and an author herself, Joanna has helped many find their unique voice to tell their stories. Constantly exploring new social media tools to further her goals and message, Joanna is a top-notch supporter of the written word.
Jon Swanson is a pastor and friend. His conversations are fun and engaging, helping you to think about more than what’s right in front of you at any one time. I enjoy sharing stories of life, and struggles of work with him as we continue the adventure.
Founder of the SOB award (Successful & Outstanding Blogger) as well as a principle organizer in the annual SOBCon bloggers conference, Liz Strauss brings ‘head and heart’ to her social media consulting and blogging efforts.
Louis writes on technology, geek stuff, RSS, Feeds, early adopters and “Mac Freaks” (his words). His blog is always a rich resource of opinions, critiques, ideas, and suggestions for current and upcoming social media services that we all love to beat on.
“Designer of things” is how Mykl describes himself on his blog, and I have to agree as his work speaks for itself. As a web designer and social media explorer, Mykl brings his talent and asthetic taste to bear on multiple levels. I owe him much for all his hard work on this blog’s redesign in May/June 2008.
Co-Author of the book ‘Naked Conversations’ with Robert Scoble, Shel has helped define and evolve what social media is. His current project called ‘Global Neighbourhoods’ is taking a larger, wider view of social media on the global business stage.
A self-described “cranky old fart wandering the internet causing mayhem as he goes”, Steven provides original perspectives on everything on the social web, from Twitter, to FriendFeed, to Facebook.
Twitter, Blogging friend and SOBCon08 alumnus Todd Jordan is a fellow social media explorer as I like to call us all. Todd looks at how social media can be fit into business and personal aspirations. Exploring it’s use by both professionals and non-professionals alike, Todd highlights many diverse individuals on his blog, helping to tell their stories and use of social media.