Here are seven bloggers and their blogs that I highly recommend you visit.
Each represents a different segment of society and culture from greening the world to living with language to exploring connections with each other to happiness.
- Franke James is an artist, storyteller, and blogger living in Toronto who tries to walk wherever she goes. Combining her knowledge and passion, My Green Conscience is a one-of-a-kind graphic blog.
Each entry is a cartoon, and I don’t mean like Dilbert or Garfield. Her latest entry, Paradise Unpaved, illustrates how she built a green driveway and provides fodder on the many people she interacted with along the way.
This is a site you want to bookmark and return to again and again. I only wish she updated it more regularly.
- Shel Israel, a technologist
and Fast Company video reporter, blogs about the impact of social media on business and culture. Global Neighborhoods is about technology, citizen journalism, and social action.
In his latest entry, Mokund, the BBC & Braided Journalism, Shel argues for professional news organizations to lean on street bloggers like Mokund Mohan to increase credibility and productivity.
- Dave Atkins is a great guy who grew up the next town over from me, shared similar experiences in politics and IT as me, and shares aspects of his live, work, and social action beliefs at Dave Writes.
I only “met” Dave a few weeks ago on Twitter after I sought out like-minded Twitter users who shared similar interests, and we’ve since chatted up a storm.
His latest entry is an eye-opening look into what to learn from a Manly Man’s blog, describing how to achieve success through a framework of thematic ideas, not what-if execution.
- Rick Mahn at rickmahn.com lives in Minnesota, has a comprehensive IT background that speaks volumes beyond my understanding but blogs several times a day about things that make him happy which relate to all people.
His latest entry, Happiness CCXXXI, comprises six words: Social Media Breakfast events, discussions & networking. I respect Rick’s approach to simplicity.
- Todd Lappin is the creative genius behind Telstar Logistics, a blog about obscure and ordinary topics but the kicker is his photography. Todd is very active on Flickr and has over 7,500 photos which he shares with the world.
I discovered Todd when he replied to a prior blog entry of mine titled, In Search of the Exilim.
Night Visions is the subject of his latest entry, profiling a long-exposure nighttime photographer and providing vivid examples of pictures that I’d be surprised wouldn’t cause you to whistle and exclaim, “Now, that’s cool!”
He’s also the editor-in-chief of Everywhere Magazine, a print travel magazine that is based on Amazon.com-like user-generated content and ratings from the website. Whoever gets the most ratings is published. Very neat.
- Nancy Friedman is a San Francisco Bay swimmer who blogs about words, language, and neologisms like no other. Titling her blog after the cricket’s chirp, Fritinancy will expose you to intellect you never thought possible.
Her latest entry is a quote of the week by Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark about needing copy editors who are not comma catchers but language masters. (Side note: I met Roy a number of years ago at various journalism conferences and he’s a prolific speaker.)
- Mike Volpe is vice president of marketing for HubSpot, Inc., developers of a marketing tool to enable businesses to leverage the power of the web to increase profitability and exposure.
HubSpot’s marketing blog covers internet marketing, search engine strategies, website design and usability, and related topics.
While Mike is only one of many people who contribute to the blog, we lived on the same street as kids and I recently found him through social networking.
It’s fitting that HubSpot’s latest entry delves into whether social networks should be used for business or pleasure.
There are about 125 million blogs on the planet, and this is my little way of featuring a few of my favorites each week. I hope you enjoy visiting the sites as much as I enjoy writing about them.
If any of these blogs or blog entries inspire you, please post a comment on their sites and let them know you liked what they wrote. Or send them an e-mail, subscribe to their RSS feeds, or power-on your printer and print what you’d like to post on your refrigerator.