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The Spin Sucks #FollowFriday Recommendations for 2013

By: Gini Dietrich | July 5, 2013 | 

The Spin Sucks #FollowFriday Recommendations for 2013By Gini Dietrich

It’s a week of fun-filled blog posts!

We started the week with the summer fiction reading list (I’m reading Light Between Oceans now and it’s pretty good), then Lindsay Bell-Wheeler announced the top 10 guest bloggers of the first half of the year.

Now we present the #FollowFriday recommendations for 2013, as of last Friday.

If you are so inclined, we’ve also created a Feedly subscription to all of the blogs and a Twitter list so you can follow everyone’s feeds.

I hope my Canadian friends had a very happy Canada Day and my American friends had a very happy Fourth. Me? I’m off to the pool with my nieces to continue evening out my really bad cycling tan.

#FollowFriday Recommendations for 2013 (So Far)

  1. Starting the year out right, Amy Vernon (my wife) shows us what it’s like to really be the bacon queen.
  2. See how Sam Fiorella is getting by with co-authoring a book with Danny Brown.
  3. Find out why Nick Kellet is the king of lists and what he wants you to do about it.
  4. Discover why I think Jon-Mikel Bailey is one of my most crazy (but completely lovable) friends.
  5. Check out some of the very cool things John Trader is doing at his company.
  6. Ask Elissa Freeman why she carries around so many snacks in her bag.
  7. Learn who Brian Vickery cheers for during football season.
  8. Ask DJ Waldow who is favorite writer is and learn more about his email marketing prowess.
  9. Read the comments to see how hilarious Laura Petrolino truly is and learn about her flying pig obsession.
  10. On an International Women’s Day post, learn more about the amazing women I get to work with every day.
  11. Get to know Dwayne Alicie who went back to school so he could join this crazy communications world we’re in.
  12. Learn more about Alaska big game guide Amber-Lee Dibble.
  13. One of our Top Ten guest bloggers of 2013, Erica Moss is more than just eyeglasses-obsessed.
  14. He got me to sing on camera (in a group, at the back) and threatens to make me do the same at Social Brand Forum in October. Presenting Chuck Kent.
  15. The mom of ultra-talented daughters and lover of theater, Liz Reusswig is a gem.
  16. A new addition to Visualy, Joe Cardillo created an infographic of beer vs. blogging…without being asked!
  17. In honor of her birthday, Aimee West was highlighted for her social media and web work at East Lansing Food Co-Op.
  18. A former client and all-around good guy, Brian Tudor has a love for all things comics.
  19. Otherwise known as Big Green Pen, Paula Kiger gives back to her community by leading book club at the women’s penitentiary.
  20. The great giver of delicious macaroons, Eden Spodek is a wife, mother to two boys, blogger, and PR pro.
  21. A Second City graduate, Rob Biesenbach is a comedian, speaker, communicator, and actor.
  22. A Canadian native, Sherrilynne Starkie has lived in several countries and backpacked through even more.
  23. You know her as Word Ninja, Amanda Eastep is also a travel blogger and writer.

And not to be left behind, while I was celebrating my 10 year anniversary in Paris with Mr. D, Jay Dolan and Chuck Kent created #FollowFriday posts not to be missed.

Don’t forget…an easy way to follow everyone is both on the Feedly subscription to all of the blogs and on a Twitter list.

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. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • I have some FF posts to catch up on!! So happy to be among this snacking, big-game hunting, eyeglass-loving, singing (yes I’m looking at you creativeoncall ) group!

  • Thanks for introducing us to such fantastic people G, and enjoy your vacation! Even if I am in need of some G Money advice right now.

    • RebeccaTodd You are?! I’m around!

      • ginidietrich Sent you a note but no rush, summer hours here too.


    • belllindsay I have to say, taking a two year old in the pool for the first time is kind of a blast!

  • Tara Geissinger

    Awesome! I’m sure I missed a couple. 🙂 This makes it easy.

  • Laura Petrolino

    Yay!!! I’m a celebrity allllllll over again!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE 🙂

  • Laura Petrolino

    And everyone said I’d be a one hit wonder! Hellz to the no to that homies!

  • Still super honored to be included with such awesome people. Cheers, everybody!

  • Looks like I have some reading to do.

  • Thanks for including me in this august (er, July) group… and a double mention no less!.  This confirms your secret desire to sing with me as often as possible, I’m sure of it… (perhaps a Google+ Hangout trio with biggreenpen?). BTW, if anybody hasn’t seen the one and only music video featuring Gini, you won’t want to miss it:

    • creativeoncall biggreenpen I AM NOT SINGING!

      • ginidietrich creativeoncall biggreenpen 🙁

        • creativeoncall  Maybe we can convince ginidietrich  to prancercise, though.

        • biggreenpen creativeoncall I’ve got a super special gift already in mind should ginidietrich decide to prancercise and provide documentation of such a thing..

  • Gini Dietrich

    Oh you’re not a one hit wonder

  • What is sad is how many on this list have now hit rock bottom. Some took up the bottle. Some lost all their fortunes that were quickly made after their Follow Friday only to be lost due to bad investments and scams. Others are in Betty Ford. The lucky few like creativeoncallwent on to super stardom as back up singers for the Bieber and LauraPetrolino who garnered fame by winning Survivor 29 and Dancing with the Stars in the same TV season! Then there was biggreenpen and @wordninja who wound up clashing over control of Metrocity after Megamind quit and ran off with a vegas showgirl.

    It was a great first half. So many rose to the occasion. But will the cycle of ruined lives from winning such prestige continue in the second half? Will the next group have more focus and levity or will they too be sucked down the road to short lived fame only to wind up….at Betty Ford….with me?

    • Howie Goldfarb creativeoncall LauraPetrolino biggreenpen All one hit wonders, if you will.

      • ginidietrich Howie Goldfarb creativeoncall I repeat – I am all about collaboration! As long as we go with Big Green Megalopolis instead of Nefarious Ninja Nest. That’s fair, right? cc: AmandaICleary

        • biggreenpen ginidietrich Howie Goldfarb creativeoncall AmandaICleary I actually wound up in Kentucky w/o Internet access for four days. But I’m back in Chicagoland, baby, and have left my tobacco chewing days behind me.

    • Howie Goldfarb creativeoncall LauraPetrolino biggreenpen Personally I’m psyched for next season’s special SpinSucks All-Stars in the Burmese jungle

  • ElissaFreeman

    Hmmm…I was wondering why people were eyeing my mini-tupperware containers today….!

  • What a bunch of weirdos.
    I love ’em all

  • Laura Petrolino


  • AmineYagami

    Plane Crash San Francisco

  • Brian roots for the Denver Broncos and whoever is playing the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens 😉

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