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Getting Personal with the Blogroll

Sat, Apr 14, 2020

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When setting up the blogroll here, I decided to display the author’s name rather than the blog name. Why? It seemed more personal.

After all, I read MicroPersuasion to find out what Steve Rubel has to say. He could call his blog WhatchamaCallit and I’d still be a subscriber, because I’ve connected with the person and ideas revealed in his writing. I also follow Steve on Twitter, and let me tell you — he can pack a lot of information into a mere 140 characters!

The blogroll highlights individual voices I enjoy reading for information, entertainment, or both. Some I’ve had conversations with via blog comments, e-mails or Twitter. A few I’ve had the opportunity to meet in person.

In hopes that you’ll connect with these bloggers as well, I’ll pick a few each week and send some link love their way by pointing to a post or two that demonstrates why I find these people worth spending some time with.

Since I’ve already mentioned Steve Rubel, I’ll start with him. I’ve discovered that he’s not only a PR force to be reckoned with but a huge fan of G-mail. He loves to share G-mail hacks that increase productivity — like this and this. Thanks, Steve. I’ve used some of these tips.

Another voice I’ve come to enjoy is that of Jeremiah Owyang. From his blog I’ve learned that he is a fifth-generation American Chinese, and he led a group of of 22 family members to DaLing, a village in Southern China that is the Owyangs’ ancestral home. From Twitter I found out that Jeremiah used to be a jazz pianist. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet the Jazz Pianist-Web Strategist when he was in Austin for SXSW. Maybe next year!

I would keep reading Web Strategy strictly for the valuable information, like this, but discovering these personal things about Jeremiah has strengthened my connection to his blog.

This week Marketing Magazine listed Joseph Thornley’s ProPR blog in their feature, “If you only read 12 blogs …” This Canadian writer, CEO of Thornley Fallis PR, would be on my short list as well. Here’s a sample of his blogging-reporting from last month’s New Communications Forum. Great stuff!

If you don’t follow these three bloggers, add them to your RSS reader. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200 … subscribe!

This post was written by:

Connie Reece - who has written 152 posts on Every Dot Connects.


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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Bluegrass Mama Says:

    I wish I had time to expand my blog-reading through blogrolls, Twitter and the like, but I found it was eating up too much of my life. Perhaps I need to add some ads and other money-makers to my blog, then start networking so I can call it a job instead of a hobby and have an excuse to spend more time with it!

    Thanks for swinging by my blog. When I have some of that ice cream cake with MY morning coffee tomorrow, I’ll be thinking of you.

  2. Connie Reece Says:

    Blogging can definitely be a time hog!

    Enjoy that ice cream cake. I’m going to put it completely out of my mind now. I will not think of ice cream cake … Don’t go there, mind … I will think of … a trip to Baskin Robbins, maybe?

  3. Joseph Thornley Says:

    Hi Connie,

    Thank you very, very much for the linklove. And in a list with Steve Rubel and Jeremiah Owyang - a couple of bloggers I consider to be at the head of the class.

    The type of recognition you’ve just provided to us is priceless. Thanks!

  4. Connie Reece Says:

    So glad you stopped by, Joe. Many thanks!

    How could I *not* send some linklove your way? You were the very first person to ever write a comment on one of my blogs. So in addition to your blog being a valuable resource, you’re a relationship builder. To me, that’s one of the greatest benefits of participating in the blogosphere - the ability to make personal and professional connections.

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