It’s summer and each summer I try to focus on improving my technology, social media, and marketing skills. The best way for me to do that is to look at what others (authors, bloggers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders) are doing and follow their lead. Last summer I took an online course on social media and began blogging. Blogging takes a combination of writing skill, creativity, point of view, and persistence. I though I would share with you some of my “mentors” and show you their blogs. Enjoy and don’t forget to share with us your favorites too.
1. The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is the Pioneer Woman. Her twitter bio says , “I’m The Pioneer Woman. Desperate Ranchwife. Mother of Four. Lover of Butter. Amen.” I first discovered Ree on my second favorite blog-site, Penelope Trunk’s The Brazen Careerist. Penelope often refers to The Pioneer Woman and her life on a ranch somewhere in Oklahoma with her Marlborough Man, and I was curious so I clicked on the blog and I was totally hooked. I visit this sight often, getting the recipes (my absolute favorite is the pulled pork) looking at Ree’s beautiful photos and just plain getting inspired. I read that they are making a movie staring Reese W. as the Pioneer Woman!
2. The Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk was one of the first books I read that focused on career strategies for Gen Y. I appreciated the book and started following her blog. Penelope writes that she is the founder of 3 start-ups — most recently, Brazen Careerist, a social network to help young people manage their careers. Her career advice appears in more than 200 newspapers. In a review of this blog, Business Week called Penelope’s writing “poetic.” I call her writing real , very direct and at time shocking. That’s why I read her. Here’s an example of her style and point of view as she give her advice on: My financial history and stop whining about your job.
3. Who here doesn’t just love Seth? I love – love – love him and so do most business owners, marketing experts, and anyone who like to think their remarkable! I admit I read him almost every day and if I miss one post, my friend Beverly Denver always asks, “Did you read Seth today?” Seth has written over a dozen books, and I have read most of them. My favorites are The Dip, The Purple Cow, Permission Marketing, The Big Moo, and Tribes. If you want to sample of one Seth’s hard hitting blog posts read this.
4. I discovered Gary Vaynerchuk and The Wine Library through program I attended by fellow National Speaker, Mattison Grey several years back. She was talking about video blogging and I started watching the wine library and learning the power of blogs. Gary’s story is fascinating. But the thing that really turned me onto Gary was listening to his 2008 web 2.0 speech (sorry for some of the language). He talked about the power of blogging and how with patience, persistence, and passion you can grow your business. Gary says, “The day of the gatekeeper is over.” Gary V is one of my mentors and he continues to push me to blog and Crush It!
5. If you live in Houston you might want to follow our own Saint John’s graduate, author and blogger Katherine Center. My friend and executive coach and author Susan Leiberman had this to say about Katherine. ““It is so much fun to hear Katherine speak. Her great warmth, keen humor and carefully plotted story-telling abilities just pull her audience right in. You feel like she is speaking directly to you…and are delighted to be spending time with her.” — Susan A. Lieberman, Ph.D., Houston, TX. Katherine writes about her books, her kids, her life, and what inspires her while sharing her secrets to writing.
Hope you like these 5… tell us your favorite blogs