My Favorite Bloggers
This is my site Written by Alora on December 24, 2009 – 1:07 pm

As someone who consumes most of her daily doses of new information through the blogosphere (as opposed to traditional media), there are different bloggers I read for different reasons.  As I’ve been trying to streamline my process for writing more (and better), myself, I’ve been thinking more and more about what I specifically get out of the different bloggers I read.

There is Ross Dawson, who writes Trends in the Living Network, which I love because he addresses the juncture of technology, business and society in a way that is uniquely in-line with my interest in that intersection and no one else covers it in quite that same way.

Scott Ginsberg from HELLO, my name is BLOG is another one whose articles I always read because he breaks things down into bite size pieces (which makes implementing change so much easier), while operating from the basic premise that being approachable is a learnable skill, and just because someone may not be born that way, doesn’t mean they have to spend their life being considered unapproachable.

Eric Ries of Startup Lessons Learned writes one of the best blogs on entrepreneurship, and of course, there are a few others, such as MyVenturePad, which comes in handy for aggregating a ton of content from different places that makes it easy to sort through when I have the time to block off for it.

Umair Hague writes the Edge Economy on Harvard Business, which I love because his view of society and economics is one of the only ones I have found that recognizes that the Industrial Age is over, and that the rules of the Information Age are different.

But while all of those are good intellectual stimulus, there are two bloggers whose writing is far more personal, and who routinely manage to strike right to the heart of things, even if they don’t know it.

Penelope Trunk, Brazen Careerist
As a workaholic female ENTJ entrepreneur from the tech sector with a knack for being problematically honest who moved her family from NYC to the middle of the country for lifestyle reasons, I have met very few women I can truly relate to.  Penelope is just about the only one.

What I love most about Penelope is that she is every bit as blunt in real life, and you can’t predict what she’s going to say next.  She cuts straight through normal bullshit that people are used to just putting up with (like the fact that making Christmas a national holiday is divisive and inappropriate), doesn’t turn to jelly apologizing profusely when she offends someone (like her notorious miscarriage Tweet) and always manages to spark a realization just by being direct (like pointing out to me, when we met at SXSW in March, that I should be doing a better job of making sure that my network included people younger than me, not just older).

The even more valuable thing I get out of Penelope’s writing, though, is the fact that for some of us, work really is easier than a personal life.  Even once we have an actual life, it’s still easier to hide in work and neglect it, avoid it and pretend that it doesn’t make us crazy.  While I definitely don’t necessarily like or want many of the same things in life that she does (such as kids and living in a cold climate), she reminds me that I’m not as anomylous as I often feel for being a confident, successful Gen X professional who doesn’t take direction well and who is always going to find clients, conference calls and project timelins far easier to navigate than the messy interpersonal relationship stuff that comes with being married.

Joshua-Michele Ross, Opposable Planets
Josh is one of those people who comes into your life and who, from the moment you meet, is obviously and clearly a far more powerful, creative and interesting force than even he seems to understand.  I first met Josh almost ten years ago, and we worked together for nearly three years — the last one of which we shared an office.  As we all always knew was inevitable, Josh has continued to do very cool things, demonstrating his brilliance and being both insightful and motivating to the people who know him.  And, all the while, being ethically-centered, well-grounded and astoundingly humble.

It doesn’t matter whether he is doing video interviews of technology and business leaders, whether he is in front of the camera doing videos for Forbes, whether he is meeting with clients about their online strategy, or whether he is finding a new and particularly incisive turn of phrase to distill an amazingly complex thought into something readily digestable, what makes Josh most incredible is that he’s got the rarest of all possible talents: he makes the people he interacts with feel smarter, just by being around him.

While I know many people who have paid Josh many compliments over the years (both directly to him, and in the third person when he wasn’t around), over time, I think what they all boil down to is just that.  No one leaves a conversation with Josh feeling drained, stupid, patronized or diminished in any way.  That’s his strength.  You can’t help but like who you are and how you feel about yourself after you’ve spent time with Josh. (Even if that means, these days, that I only get to do that long-distance, via his blog.) And because of that, there is no one whose success I find more inevitable than his.

And they are both great reminders to me about how I know I can be better at a wide range of things.

  • http://eurobubba.com/ MiGrant

    Thanks for this — most of these were new to me, and I've added several of them to my Google Reader subscriptions.

  • http://eurobubba.com/ MiGrant

    Thanks for this — most of these were new to me, and I've added several of them to my Google Reader subscriptions.

  • http://eurobubba.com/ MiGrant

    Thanks for this — most of these were new to me, and I've added several of them to my Google Reader subscriptions.

  • http://www.alorachistiakoff.com/ Alora

    Enjoy! Scott is one of my favorite pick-me-ups on a bad day, because his blog is not only usually extremely applicable, but also usually pretty funny.

  • http://www.alorachistiakoff.com/ Alora

    Enjoy! Scott is one of my favorite pick-me-ups on a bad day, because his blog is not only usually extremely applicable, but also usually pretty funny.

  • http://alorachistiakoff.com/ Alora

    Enjoy! Scott is one of my favorite pick-me-ups on a bad day, because his blog is not only usually extremely applicable, but also usually pretty funny.