When I embarked on my journey as a blogger last year, I began to search out information and inspiration on the web. Over time, I came to enjoy and trust a number of bloggers and other sources such as Twitter and LinkedIn. I get feeds from some of them and I also regularly visit a number of social media sites. And, of course, I faithfully read the wonderful posts of our The Bloggers’ Bulletin-team who are also expert at what they do. In no particular order, here they are:
Seth Godin – Seth Godin’s Blog
One of my favorites because he has a way of putting a new twist on ideas. His posts come into my mailbox everyday and I almost always find something I hadn’t thought about in just that way before. He also publishes Squidoo, where you can create your own “lens” or article to promote yourself and earn a royalty for you or a charity.
Darren Rowse – ProBlogger
Excellent tips on blogging. He is also very open about his own challenges and sharing the mistakes he’s made on the way to becoming one of the best-read blogs on blogging. Author of “31 Days to Building a Better Blog.”
Chris Garrett – Chris Garrett on New Media
Also writes about blogging and is the co-author with Darren Rowse of “ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.”
Michael Stelzner – Writing White Papers
He’s considered the maven of white papers and how they can grow your business. Last summer, he organized the highly successful “Social Media Success Summit 2009” featuring well-known social media experts, as well as this past fall’s “Copywriting Success Summit 2009.” Now, in February, he’s organized “White Paper Success Summit 2010” on how white papers can generate quality leads for your business.
Dan Schwabel – Personal Branding Blog
Considered the leading personal branding expert for Gen-Y, often quoted by leading publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He writes the Personal Branding Blog and Personal Branding Magazine.
Alex – Blogussion
Alex (no last name) owns this site with “blogging discussion, tips and tricks.” He’s the principal author and destined for big things because he’s still a teenager.
Denise Wakeman – The Blog Squad
Considered a leading authority on blogging. Author of “Build a Better Blog: The Ultimate Guide for Boosting Your Business with a Professional Blog.”
Mari Smith – Social Media Consultant, Speaker and Trainer
Considered the leading authority on FaceBook. Recently launched the membership organization, International Social Media Association (ISMA) that offers training, seminars and a certification program.
Offers video tips on creating, getting traffic and getting paid from web videos.
Brian Clark – Copyblogger
One of the earliest social media experts with a huge following. Tips on copywriting and social media. Along with Darren Rowse, Chris Brogan and Sonia Simone has just launched Third Tribe Marketing, described as “We’re building a community of learning, but often the greatest growth in your business comes from interacting with instructors, mentors, and other entrepreneurs. This is the true vision for the Third Tribe.” A paid service, it costs $47 a month.
Peter Cashmore – Mashable
Mashable is the world’s largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news. I don’t have a particular expert on Twitter, but Mashable does, so check out http://mashable.com/2009/08/10/twitter-usability/.
Chris Brogan — New Marketing Labs
President of his own social media agency. Runs the Thesis theme for WordPress.
Jason Alba – JibberJobber.com
Leading authority on LinkedIn and author of “I’m on LinkedIn – Now What??” Jibber Jobber is a networking site designed to help people in job transition, which he started when he was in the job market himself.
Guy Kawasaki — How To Change The World
Tips about blogging. Also owner of Alltop, a site that collects the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover various topics and aggregates into individual web pages.
Joost de Valk Yoast – WordPress Newsletter
Contains general WordPress news, information on new plugins he’s found and ones he’s invented, SEO, etc.
Toma Bonciu – Optimizing the Web
Lots of good SEO tips.
Various Authors — The LinkedIn Blog
I hope that you will comment and add other social media experts that you favor (yes, I know that I’ve probably left out a few that you swear by).