Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Your Choice

By: Gini Dietrich | November 12, 2010 | 

About eight months ago, I stopped participating in #FollowFriday on Twitter in the traditional, “#FollowFriday @soandso @hypermonkey @yadayada” sense. I decided it was better if, instead, I recommended one blog for you to read and extolled the reasons I think it’s a great blog.

I love doing #FollowFriday this way…I hope you enjoy it, too, and I hope you have found some new material to peruse. I subscribe to, and read, more than 1,000 blogs so I can keep up this tradition for a very long time.

But today I thought I’d do it a little bit differently.

You tell me one blog to read and the reasons why in the comments below. Perhaps we’ll all get new reading material and I can up my subscription to 2,000 blogs. Holy crap. Never mind. That’s a lot. Maybe we go for 1,100 instead.

The only requirement? You can’t recommend your own blog. So have at it. Who do you #FollowFriday?

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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80 responses to “#FollowFriday: Your Choice”

  1. sydcon_mktg says:

    Awe come on ….we can do our own, and claim to be the smartest person in the room? LOL! OK…now I have to sort thru my list and see who I think you aren’t already reading (slim choice I am sure).

  2. JeffOgden says:

    He’s a good friend and award winning blogger.

    I won’t recommend my own blog, but I do wish to recommend our Friday show. Laugh and Learn with the Fearless Competitor is lots of fun. after 11am ET every Friday.

    Jeff Ogden, the Fearless Competitor

  3. makarlin says:

    I’d recommend Erika at

    I don’t remember how I found her, and normally I read her for offbeat and hilarious Social Media posts, but lately I’ve been following her more closely for her poignant posts about a profound loss. She’s pretty awesome.

  4. FrankDickinson says:

    My #FollowFroday is for Jackie Lee (@momtohanna) and her new amazing blog called One Life That Shines ->

    Enjoy and thanks for the opportunity to do this Gini. You’re alright, I don’t care what Danny Brown says about you 🙂

  5. JulieFrancella says:

    Hi Frank, If I may recommend my own blog. It’s a blog where I share personal experiences about life with the poor in Mexico and how we each can do simple things to make the world a kinder, gentler place.
    Thank you

  6. GCSSCommunity says:

    Recommended by a friend of mine, The 4-Hour Workweek is a great blog by Tim Ferriss, author of a book by the same name (which, by the way, is a #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller. Though he blogs about a number of topics, one of them, of course, includes marketing; his common sense-filled, concise and witty entries keep me coming back for more (as I will always be a student in this field, even when making money at it). Please stop by!

  7. GCSSCommunity says:

    Wait, I made a mistake on the Web address there (didn’t realize you couldn’t use HTML). – try that.

  8. JulieFrancella says:

    OOPS Frank. I just noticed you say that you can’t recommend your own blog. So, I will also recommend – the blog of a 7-year-old girl’s work to raise money for children in Sudan.
    Thanks again,
    Julie Francella

  9. HowieSPM says:

    OH MY! I have so many great blogs that I read. So I will give two because I never follow the rules! One I am sure you read because of who you are. The other you should read.

    The first is the Ad Contrarian by Bob Hoffman. The original Spin Sucks. When I found him I couldn’t believe others in the industry had the same views I held (and you do). His E Book which is free should be the number one read book in college for Marketers. Any professor who does not include this is failing his students and the clients of Ad Agencies. And the greatest blog post ever on Advertising Robby and Ruthie talk about Pickles. Make sure you download and read his free E Book!

    The second which is much more delightful. geared towards creatives, and done by a local ChiTown chap Vinny Warren. Vinny has two commercials in the SUper Bowl Ad Hall of Fame, he is very smart, doesn’t BS and if you are a Creative and love learning about Adland History it is a must read!

  10. RickCaffeinated says:

    I’ve got two:
    Brandbuilder Blog
    Brass Tack Thinking

    The rest of my feeds could disappear, and if these two were the only ones I’d still be ok. Just enough how-to to be practically helpful, but the depth and insight and fun would be worth way more than the price of admission.

  11. DannyBrown says:

    @FrankDickinson I was gonna recommend you, Dickinson, but now… 😉

  12. wabbitoid says:

    Here’s one that is a bit off the beaten path: John Mauldin’s Thought from the Frontline (more of a newsletter than a blog, but he’s older):

    If you want a new perspective on the economy, this what you should read.

  13. Brigitte says:

    Just one???

    The Art of Non-Conformity:×5/

    And a cheater second: White Hot Truth:

  14. Brigitte says:

    Just one???

    The Art of Non-Conformity:×5/

    And a cheater second: White Hot Truth:

  15. Brigitte says:

    Just one???

    The Art of Non-Conformity:×5/

    And a cheater second: White Hot Truth:

  16. jennalanger says:

    @makarlin Thanks for sharing redheadwriting ‘s blog here. I just read the latest post and I’m hooked. She really understands community, and I have to support the redheads!

  17. rachaelseda says:

    I thought long and hard about this one…so to avoid recommending either a blog mentioned or one I already think you are subscribed to along with many others I am recommending a fellow gen-y blogger and a relatively new blog (but not a new blogger) by Meg Roberts ( ) I have really been enjoying her posts and love supporting young bloggers and new blogs.

    Thanks to everyone else who posted great suggestions to add to my blogging repertoire!

  18. erinlynn76 says:

    I am in luuuuurrrrrve with Megan Matthieson’s “I Dance I Write” blog:

    she is a dancer (obvs) and does these awesome videos. plus she’s an incredible writer. it’s soooo not fair. Le Sigh.

  19. DannyBrown says:

    I don’t know if this counts, but I always get a chuckle out of Chuck Norris Facts:

  20. FragrantLiar says:

    Murr Brewster of MurrMurrs at Always interesting, always witty enough to make you laugh out loud, the best measure of any humor blog.

  21. JoyFull_deb says:

    Okay….well, I John Haydon’s blog because it’s really relevant to the work that I do with non-profits and he’s just a Hooty Hoot and a great musician. His blog: And then, for something totally different, Ellen Brown. She is a Life Transition’s Coach. Amazing woman!! Her blog is “Stepping Stones” and can be found here: www:
    Thanks for the opportunity to promote 2 wonder-FULL folks.
    #Geaux #Bears

  22. JoyFull_deb says:

    oops….Ellen’s blog ~
    thanks :=)

  23. FrankDickinson says:

    @dannybrown So instead you recommend a blog about a 70 something year old, infomercial ridin’, gun totin’, martial artist? WTF?


  24. DannyBrown says:

    @FrankDickinson Boo ya!

  25. McGillicutty3 says:

    How in the world do you follow 1000 blogs!!!!! amazing!!!! well I love Ashley Sisk, I love her pictures and she shares so much helpful info I can’t live without her!!! tell her I sent you!!!!

  26. HowieSPM says:

    @dannybrown @FrankDickinson I have a client that sells BOO-Yahs!! Sadly only available in SoCal. 8)

  27. JoyFull_deb says:

    @wabbitoid how old is old??? LoL :=)

  28. Brigitte says:

    Just one???

    The Art of Non-Conformity:×5/

    And a cheater second: White Hot Truth:

  29. RandomShelly says:

    @erinlynn76 I agree – on all counts there! 🙂

  30. RandomShelly says:

    @makarlin I love her blog!! a great recommend!

  31. RandomShelly says:

    Some of mine were already recommended (like Megan at, and Frank DIckinson, and Danny Brown, Chris Brogan and John Haydon)

    I always look forward to reading Allison’s blog at – sometimes I feel she pops those posts out of my head somehow… 🙂

    and very inspirational:

    and I always read you and watch your videos Gini…

    so is there a way just to post my reader list in here – LOL

  32. RandomShelly says:

    @dannybrown That is HILARIOUS… 🙂

  33. HowieSPM says:

    I spoke with everyone who posted recommended reading for you. We are expecting a nicely crafted review in either E-Book or E-Zine format in our email in boxesof all the blogs when we get to work on Monday. I tried to negotiate Wed or Thurs but they all shot me down. I begged. I pleaded. I told them they were being selfish. My biggest glaring weakness is my negotiating skills obviously.

  34. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM Can you try again? I think Monday will be dificult. How about by Tuesday? We could meet them in the middle.

  35. ginidietrich says:

    @RandomShelly Sigh…you don’t follow direction very well! But you get points for saying you read/watch me! Actually a couple of new ones here for me. Thank you!

  36. ginidietrich says:

    @Brigitte Cheater, cheater! 🙂 Both great finds – thank you!

  37. ginidietrich says:

    @McGillicutty3 Well, I scan mostly the headlines and probably read about a fourth of them. The Reeder app on the iPad is super helpful in sorting through and reading a ton. And I will tell Ashley you sent me!

  38. ginidietrich says:

    @JoyFull_deb Yeah, that johnhaydon is pretty freaking awesome!

  39. ginidietrich says:

    @FragrantLiar I agree with you that anyone who can make you laugh out loud is gold!

  40. ginidietrich says:

    @RandomShelly @dannybrown DB, you should start a blog called chucknorrisvsjackbauer.

  41. DannyBrown says:

    @GiniDietrich @HowieSPM I can do Thursday.

    Wait. I wasn’t invited?

  42. DannyBrown says:

    @GiniDietrich @RandomShelly Chuck Norris doesn’t do blogs – blogs write themselves about Chuck Norris.

  43. ginidietrich says:

    @erinlynn76 I don’t know – words like luuuuuurrrrrve make you a pretty funny author!

  44. ginidietrich says:

    @rachaelseda Meg Roberts Thanks, Rachael, for the awesome recommendation in Meg!

  45. ginidietrich says:

    @wabbitoid This is awesome! Thank you!

  46. ginidietrich says:

    @RickCaffeinated I don’t know Brandbuilder (thank you), but also love ambercadabra blog!

  47. ginidietrich says:

    @HowieSPM I am disappointed you didn’t recommend mashable.

  48. ginidietrich says:

    @JulieFrancella I LOVE this! Totally going to check out Playful Pancakes.

  49. ginidietrich says:

    @GCSSCommunity I also love Four Hours Workweek – that’s where I learned how to give up control of my email to the wonderful pattiknight !

  50. ginidietrich says:

    @FrankDickinson Thank you for being so nice to me. @dannybrown is MEAN!

  51. ginidietrich says:

    @RandomShelly @makarlin @jennalanger I freaking love Erika!

  52. ginidietrich says:

    @JeffOgden Thanks Jeff!

  53. ginidietrich says:

    @sydcon_mktg Did you choose?!

  54. ginidietrich says:

    @dannybrown If you can do Thursday, I’m game. OK with you, @HowieSPM ?

  55. ginidietrich says:

    @dannybrown @RandomShelly I still think you should do ChuckNorrisvsJackBauer.

  56. JohnHaydon says:

    @JoyFull_deb Deb – You’re a sweetheart!

  57. JohnHaydon says:

    @GiniDietrich @JoyFull_deb Thanks Gini! 🙂

  58. HowieSPM says:

    @GiniDietrich @dannybrown Danny I could of used a tough as nails rainmaker during negotiations. I folded like a house of cards on a windy day.

  59. HowieSPM says:

    @GiniDietrich LOL! I already broke the rules with giving you two. Had you allowed two I would of included Mashable as my third because it was on the short list.

  60. DannyBrown says:

    @HowieSPM @GiniDietrich Oh, you’d want Dietrich for that. I hear she’s an ex-American Gladiator…

  61. HowieSPM says:

    @dannybrown @GiniDietrich Thats my problem. I am like Custer I charge before the back up help arrives. We all know what happened to Custer. Custer could of used an Ex-American Gladiator for sure.

  62. rachaelseda says:

    @GiniDietrich @rachaelseda Meg Roberts Of course! You would really like her she’s great! I’m looking forward to reading some of the recommendations from others as well, great idea for a post!

  63. JoyFull_deb says:

    @JohnHaydon you can send me my check this week…..LoL
    @GiniDietrich ~~yeh, John is all that and a bag of chips :=)
    and lastly……YAY BEARS!!!!!!

  64. JohnHaydon says:

    @JoyFull_deb @GiniDietrich 😀 $50 this time?

  65. RandomShelly says:

    @GiniDietrich Ooops! I just skipped right over that word ‘one’ 🙂 I love points though! xoxo

  66. RandomShelly says:

    @GiniDietrich @dannybrown JackBauer – you’re cute dog – or the one on 24?? 🙂 (but both would be awesome 🙂 )

  67. sydcon_mktg says:

    @GiniDietrich Oooppss….where did my mind go? I went thru my list, this is one of my daily go-to’s for great source info. I prefer the “Network Posts” which are guest posts with valuable information for web.

  68. RicardoBueno says:

    I stopped participating in #followfriday a long time ago as well. I’ve seen some people do a version of it via their blogs to offer more detailed recommendations of who to follow. But hi-lighting a new blog to read every week… Now that sounds like a pretty darn neat idea. I subscribe to way to many as it is, but it’s all good. I always dig new things to read 🙂

  69. ginidietrich says:

    @RicardoBueno I really love highlighting blogs this way. It gives all of us new stuff to read, plus it allows us to talk about how much expertise and knowledge there is on the interwebs. Glad you agree!

  70. ginidietrich says:

    @RicardoBueno I really love highlighting blogs this way. It gives all of us new stuff to read, plus it allows us to talk about how much expertise and knowledge there is on the interwebs. Glad you agree!

  71. RicardoBueno says:

    @GiniDietrich I’m subscribed to a ton of blogs as it is but I’m all over it 🙂 #geekatheart

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  73. lgdrew says:

    Netvibes has been the most efficient way for me to keep track of all the blogs I enjoy but there is an exception. I find myself continually leaving the land of RSS for Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation. There are so many wonderful and thought-provoking ideas there. I’d love to extend the #FF to his podcast. So many wonderful conversations and ideas going on there.

    Happy Friday : )

  74. ginidietrich says:

    @lgdrew Ah. I can’t escape mitchjoel ! I love him, too! And you’re right – his podcasts rule.

  75. rustyspeidel says:

    Umair Haque from HBR. or

    I like him because has recognized what so many others probably have deep down but don’t want to admit–the 20th-century ways of doing business are DOA. If you’re no creating REAL value, making lives better, building products that improve the world, or communicate transparently, you’re toast. If you rely on traditional marketing jargon, deceptive practices, buck-passing, or head-in-the-sanding, your toast. Umair advocates being as disruptive as possible, internally and externally. I like that.

  76. rustyspeidel says:

    Another truly powerful blog: Just read it, no explanation or justification will be necessary.

  77. ginidietrich says:

    @rustyspeidel I’m a big Haque fan, as well! Thanks for including it.

  78. ginidietrich says:

    @rustyspeidel This is fantastic!!

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