Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Your Choice

By: Gini Dietrich | November 12, 2010 | 
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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,ย co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She alsoย is the lead blogger atย Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

  • sydcon_mktg

    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).

  • JeffOgden

    He’s a good friend and award winning blogger. http://pauldunay.com/

    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. http://www.fearlesscompetitor.net after 11am ET every Friday.

    Jeff Ogden, the Fearless Competitor

  • makarlin

    I’d recommend Erika at http://www.redheadwriting.com/

    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.

  • FrankDickinson

    My #FollowFroday is for Jackie Lee (@momtohanna) and her new amazing blog called One Life That Shines ->http://onlifethatshines.com

    Enjoy and thanks for the opportunity to do this Gini. You’re alright, I don’t care what Danny Brown says about you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JulieFrancella

    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.
    http://www.juliefrancella.com/blog
    Thank you
    Julie

  • GCSSCommunity

    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!

  • GCSSCommunity

    Wait, I made a mistake on the Web address there (didn’t realize you couldn’t use HTML). http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog – try that.

  • JulieFrancella

    OOPS Frank. I just noticed you say that you can’t recommend your own blog. So, I will also recommend http://playfulpancakes.blogspot.com/ – the blog of a 7-year-old girlรขย€ย™s work to raise money for children in Sudan.
    Thanks again,
    Julie Francella

  • HowieSPM

    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!

    http://adcontrarian.blogspot.com/2009/06/robbie-and-ruthie-talk-about-pickles.html

    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!

    http://theescapepod.wordpress.com/

  • RickCaffeinated

    I’ve got two:
    Brandbuilder Blog http://thebrandbuilder.wordpress.com/
    Brass Tack Thinking http://www.brasstackthinking.com/

    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.

  • @FrankDickinson I was gonna recommend you, Dickinson, but now… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 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):
    http://www.frontlinethoughts.com/gateway.asp

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

  • Brigitte

    Just one???

    The Art of Non-Conformity: http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/

    And a cheater second: White Hot Truth: http://whitehottruth.com/

  • Brigitte

    Just one???

    The Art of Non-Conformity: http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/

    And a cheater second: White Hot Truth: http://whitehottruth.com/

  • Brigitte

    Just one???

    The Art of Non-Conformity: http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/

    And a cheater second: White Hot Truth: http://whitehottruth.com/

  • @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!

  • 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 ( http://megmroberts.tumblr.com/ ) 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!

  • erinlynn76

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

    http://www.idanceiwrite.com/

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

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

    http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/

  • FragrantLiar

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

  • JoyFull_deb

    Okay….well, I love.love.love. 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: http://www.johnhaydon.com 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: ellen-brown.com/blog
    Thanks for the opportunity to promote 2 wonder-FULL folks.
    #Geaux #Bears

  • JoyFull_deb

    oops….Ellen’s blog ~ www:ellen-brown.com/blog
    thanks :=)

  • FrankDickinson

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

    *toothygrin*

  • @FrankDickinson Boo ya!

  • McGillicutty3

    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!!! http://ashleysisk.blogspot.com/ tell her I sent you!!!!

  • HowieSPM

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

  • JoyFull_deb

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

  • Brigitte

    Just one???

    The Art of Non-Conformity: http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/

    And a cheater second: White Hot Truth: http://whitehottruth.com/

  • @erinlynn76 I agree – on all counts there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

    I always look forward to reading Allison’s blog at http://www.AllisonNazarian.com – sometimes I feel she pops those posts out of my head somehow… ๐Ÿ™‚

    and very inspirational:
    http://sallyg.me/
    http://amyoscar.com
    http://lisa-unmasked.com/
    http://elizabethpottsweinstein.com/

    and I always read you and watch your videos Gini…

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

  • @dannybrown That is HILARIOUS… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • HowieSPM

    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.

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

    @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!

  • ginidietrich

    @Brigitte Cheater, cheater! ๐Ÿ™‚ Both great finds – thank you!

  • ginidietrich

    @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!

  • ginidietrich

    @JoyFull_deb Yeah, that johnhaydon is pretty freaking awesome!

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • @GiniDietrich @HowieSPM I can do Thursday.

    Wait. I wasn’t invited?

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

    @wabbitoid This is awesome! Thank you!

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

    @RandomShelly @makarlin @jennalanger I freaking love Erika!

  • ginidietrich

    @JeffOgden Thanks Jeff!

  • ginidietrich

    @sydcon_mktg Did you choose?!

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • JohnHaydon

    @JoyFull_deb Deb – You’re a sweetheart!

  • JohnHaydon

    @GiniDietrich @JoyFull_deb Thanks Gini! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • HowieSPM

    @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.

  • HowieSPM

    @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.

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

  • HowieSPM

    @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.

  • @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!

  • JoyFull_deb

    @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!!!!!!

  • JohnHaydon

    @JoyFull_deb @GiniDietrich ๐Ÿ˜€ $50 this time?

  • @GiniDietrich Ooops! I just skipped right over that word ‘one’ ๐Ÿ™‚ I love points though! xoxo

  • @GiniDietrich @dannybrown JackBauer – you’re cute dog – or the one on 24?? ๐Ÿ™‚ (but both would be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  • sydcon_mktg

    @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. http://www.smashingmagazine.com/network-posts/ I prefer the “Network Posts” which are guest posts with valuable information for web.

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ginidietrich

    @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!

  • ginidietrich

    @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!

  • @GiniDietrich I’m subscribed to a ton of blogs as it is but I’m all over it ๐Ÿ™‚ #geekatheart

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  • 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 : )

  • ginidietrich

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

  • rustyspeidel

    Umair Haque from HBR. http://www.bubblegeneration.com or http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/.

    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.

  • rustyspeidel

    Another truly powerful blog: http://www.postsecret.com. Just read it, no explanation or justification will be necessary.

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

    @rustyspeidel This is fantastic!!

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