At last count, I read around 150 blogs every day through my RSS. Of course this includes the A-Listers like Seth Godin, Mashable, , OwyangGuy Kawasaki and ReadWriteWeb. But it also includes several others who I find to be real inspiration for what I write on Hard Knox Life. If you are looking for some great new reads, you should check these guys out (in no particular order):
Pete Blackshaw – Consumer Generated Media: I’m lucky enough to call Pete a good friend and mentor. But he is also one of the best voices in Social Media today. This guy is bursting with energy and it shows with his writing. Cincinnati is lucky to have him as an adopted son.
Alan Wolk – The Toad Stool: I think Alan has managed to be one of the most referenced people here on Hard Knox Life thanks to his terming of “NASCAR Blindness.” He is self-described “tradigitalist”– an advertising creative director and social media consultant with the rare ability to speak Web 2.0 and TV 101 – often in the same sentence.
Bob Gilbreath – Marketing with Meaning and The Challenge Dividend: Bob is another guy doing Cincinnati proud with his writing. As Chief Marketing Strategist for Bridge Worldwide, Bob is a P&G Brand guy who made the switch to the agency world. He’s been writing The Challenge Dividend since 2006 but just started Marketing with Meaning as a platform for some of the work he is leading at Bridge.
Ian Schafer: Ian is the CEO of Deep Focus, a digital shop who is doing some of the most amazing work I have seen (just check out their latest with Entourage). Ian is always willing to push the envelope. For instance, a couple of months ago he auctioned off the sponsorship of his Twitter profile to anyone willing to bid. Keep an eye on what he is going to do next.
Peter Kim – Being Peter Kim: Former Forrester Analyst and current Commissioner of the Social Media Fantasy Football League, Peter is a guy that just gets it. When he was at Forrester, he wrote several reports on the future of Marketing that are dead on. I’m talking stuff that could shake up the industry if we are brave enough to follow his advice. I can’t wait to see what he does in his newest venture.
Kevin Dugan – Strategic Public Relations: The 3rd Cincinnati resident on the list, Kevin is a guy who is really making things happen in our city. He’s been blogging since 2002 and is one of the driving forces behind the Cincinnati Social Media Breakfast. In his most recent post, he says he is feeling a little burned out…let’s hope that passes quickly.
Paul Isakson: Paul’s day job is Senior Strategic Planner for space 150 and he puts together some of my favorite presenations on marketing. My only knock against Paul is that he doesn’t blog enough. His site has the tagline of “Provoke, Prod, Inspire – Building a better future for brands” and he does just that every time he writes.
Darren Herman: I first came across Darren when I picked up his book “Coloring Outside the Lines: Confession of a Digital Native.” He’s a guy that walks the talk, having founded IGA Worldwide, where BusinessWeek named him one of the top entrepreneurs under 25.
Matt Dickman – Techno//Marketer: Matt is a VP, Digital Marketing at Fleishman-Hillard in Cleveland. Though he isn’t exactly based in a city that is a technology hotbed, I would argue he is more in tune with where technology and the consumer will meet than any Silicon Valley/Alley based blogger.
David Armano – Logic + Emotion: Armano nearly makes the “A-List” classificaton but I decided to keep him humble. I have been following Dave’s writing for awhile and have been fortunate enough to get to know him over the past several months since his agency (Critical Mass) works with P&G. Dave is a true visual thinking and he is able to use pictures to simple get across concepts that most of us need hundreds of words to explain.