bloggers that create

Some bloggers just write. Others are constantly pushing and creating as well, just as Diana Baur did with this magical piece.

A few days ago I received a package in the mail from a fellow blogger and upon opening it up I was literally blown away with what I saw—An awesome looking book, with a killer cover design, and a personal note from my friend Danny Iny.

For those of you that don’t know, Danny just published his book “Engagement: How Super-Community Builders Create a Loyal Audience and How You Can Do the Same.” What made this book unique is that other than having many of his own thoughts on community engagement, Danny solicited 1000-3000 word essays from dozens of other top bloggers in the world (folks like Mitch Joel, Mark Schaefer, Brian Clark, etc.)

When Danny asked me to contribute my thoughts to the work a few months ago, I really had no idea it would be turned into such an exceptional book, and to say I was impressed with what he had done while leveraging the power of others would be an understatement.

In fact, when I saw the book a simple thought came to my head: “Dang Danny, you’re kickin butt brother. Well done my friend.”

The Power of Actually Doing Something

Occasionally I get asked what my favorite blog post is I’ve written here on The Sales Lion. Although there are a few that come to mind, at this point in my life the one I’m most proud of is “Eventually, Mr. Blogger, You Actually Have to Do Something.

I say this because that article was all about action. It was about creating. And it was all about reaching our talents as business owners, marketers, and bloggers by stretching ourselves to the point of success.

With the Thanksgiving season upon us, I wanted to take a moment to show my gratitude to bloggers who have touched me this year. Folks that are pushing, creating, and getting uncomfortable in the process. I want to thank those people, like Danny, that make me say in my Southern twang, “Dang friend, you really are kicking butt.”

21 Bloggers Who are Kicking Butt and Taking Names

1. I’m grateful for Diana Baur. For those that don’t know Diana, she writes at A Certain Simplicity and I’m honestly blown away with her magical prose every time I stop by. I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of writers on the web, but she is easily in my top two or three. But Diana is really not a ‘blogger’. Yes, she pens her thoughts at times but she also manages to be an expat in Italy, who runs an exceptional bed and breakfast, while also making pottery that is laced with her artistic personality.

2. I’m grateful for Nancy Davis because her blog is so very real. Recently, she talked about her inability to pay her rent. As a struggling mother trying her best to raise a son by herself, Nancy doesn’t spend her time crying the blues, but rather openly discussing the ups and downs of this journey called ‘life’.

3. I’m grateful for Steve Roy of Ending the Grind. If you haven’t been following Steve recently, you’re missing out on one of the most real-life struggles I’ve ever read about online. So much was I moved by Steve’s story that I recently drove about 4 hours from my home and spent a day with him, which you can read about here.

4. I’m grateful for Gini Dietrich of Spin Sucks. Somehow, Gini continues to make all of us look very lazy day in and day out. To me, she is the ultimate symbol of action. For example, as I write this she is likely rushing home on a flight from her most recent speaking engagement so she can feast with Mr. D and her dog Jack Bauer for the holidays. But beyond owning a business, teaching all over the country, and writing a book; Gini still manages day in and day out the best community on the web with her blog at Spin Sucks. To say Mrs. Dietrich is kicking butt would be a mild understatement.

5. I’m grateful  for Mark Evans, who I recently became very connected with at the MeshMarketing conference in Toronto. Anyone who puts on a conference like that, not for the money but mainly for the passion, is someone who earns my immediate respect. Thank you Mark for being a social media leader up North there and thank you for allowing me to get a taste of one of the coolest cities and people in the world.

6. I’m grateful for Joe Pulizzi of Junta42. Not only is Joe the clear leader in the content marketing industry and movement, but he also is one of the kindest people I’ve met in this industry. His passion for great marketing is palpable. And his passion for helping others catch this same vision is even greater. But I also have to thank Joe for taking a risk on an unknown ‘pool guy’ at Content Marketing World, an event that will go down as the moment my career changed forever.

7. Speaking of Content Marketing World, I’m grateful for the person I met there that took me under his wing and truly looked for ways to help me reach success—Michael Stelzner. Most of you have already heard the story of how Michael and I met and the fact that I was flabbergasted with what he’d accomplished with Social Media Examiner in the space of two years. But the fact that he has been able to build such an amazing blog, business, and community in such a short period of time is as profound as anything I’ve seen online.

8. I’m grateful for Amy Porterfield, who literally might be the kindest person I’ve met in all of my speaking travels. Amy is the type of person that simply makes everyone around her feel at peace, unjudged, and open to bigger possibilities. This is why she has become one of the preeminent thought leaders on Facebook and is literally just beginning to scratch the surface of her potential in this industry.

9. I’m grateful for John Falchetto, my best friend online, and one heck of a life coach. You know, I think all of us needs that one person we can bounce ideas off of, count on for honest feedback, and go to if we ever feel stuck. John is that guy for me. But beyond that, John has literally been on fire this past year. He has become the voice of expat success across the globe and recently produced his first eBook entitled: Reaching Business Goals on a Shoestring Budget. (not aff) Considering John puts his money where his mouth is in everything he does and says, this is one guy that is without question kicking butt online.

10. I’m grateful for the Hubspot and Inbound Marketing phenomena. I know you’ve all heard the story as to how Hubspot and inbound marketing changed my life and saved my business, but the movement that is inbound marketing is literally still in its infancy, and I’m more than stoked to be a part of its growth in the coming years.

11. I’m grateful  that amazing bloggers like Jay Baer and Mitch Joel have embraced my thoughts on this industry. When I think of social media smarts, there are two people that exude leadership in this field—Jay of Convince and Convert and Mitch of Six Pixels of Separation. So when I see tweets like this one below, I’m not only humbled but also grateful that such leaders would be so kind to shine their light on a guy like me that can use all the help he can get to reach success in a very crowded industry.

12. I’m grateful for people like Marlee Ward, who I was able to spend some serious time with at the most recent blog world and who literally could not be a more generous and kind person. Not only is Marlee an absolute hoot, but she has truly started to find her groove in business and has found a way to build success as an entrepreneur coach on and offline.

13. I’m grateful for Deb Ng and the rest of the folks at Blog World. As everyone already knows, my first experience at Blog World NY was accompanied by some negative feelings, but that did not stop Deb from attending my session at Content Marketing World and immediately afterwards inviting me to speak at the LA event. Soon after, I came to know Deb as a person, and realized that folks like her and Rick Calvert truly do care about the direction of this incredible industry, and want so very badly to be the best they can be.

14. I’m grateful that Chris Brogan always finds a way to make me feel like the only guy in the room when we chat at events. As one of the premier leaders in this entire industry, Brogan continues day in and day out to give thought provoking content to the world freely and pushes himself to dig deeper with each post. I consider Chris a friend and can’t wait to see what else he has in store for the future.

15. I’m grateful for Ryan Hanley. Most of you might not know Ryan yet, but his story is similar to mine, with the only difference that he is just now starting to write and teach about the powers of social media and content marketing. Coming from the insurance industry, Ryan is trying to change the way things have always been done there and in the process he is becoming a thought leader and statu-quo pusher in his own right. Keep kickin butt Ryan.

16. I’m grateful for Pat Flynn, quite possibly the most humble man I’ve ever met. I mentioned my thoughts on Pat in my recent  Blog World recap, but the guy is literally liked by everyone because if his earnest desire to teach, serve, and inspire his massive community at Smart Passive Income.

17. I’m grateful for Derek Halpern, a guy who took the time to Skype with me personally  for 30 minutes and tell me why my conversion rates stunk on The Sales Lion. By listening more to the wisdom of Derek and the rest of his words found at Social Triggers, my blog growth has been tremendous over the last few months. In a matter of less than one year, Derek has become a major thought leader in this industry and will only continue to introduce new concepts as the future rolls forward.

18. I’m grateful for my great friend JK Allen, who has been producing as much as any blogger I know recently. Between his full time corporate job where he exercises daily ‘intrapreneurship’, and his newest venture, JK is truly willing success into his life again and again.

19. I’m grateful for Al Smith of the C.A.R.E movement. Talk about a guy that his turned his life around, Al Smith has had his share of low points. After wasting years away due to poor decisions, Al is now on a mission to promote his CARE movement, and he’s well on his way.

20. I’m grateful for Brankica of Blog Like a Star who finds a way to again and again teach me something I didn’t already know. Bran, to me, is the ultimate example of ‘self-taught’. With her dogged determination, she not only writes in English as if it’s her first language, but she has built a profitable blogging business by constantly giving value to her readers and being fearless in the process.

21. I’m grateful for Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living and Kristi Hines of Kikolani. Talk about women of action, Farnoosh and Kristi are true symbols of what the word means. Recently, they both quit the comforts of their high paying jobs to go out on their own and truly reach the potential that they feel they’ve been given. How can you not appreciate such audacity and faith?

22.****(OK, I cheated)  I’m grateful for Nikki, Danielle, JT, Larsen, and Pink……OK, those people aren’t bloggers, but they’re my wife and four children, and without them and their patience and love, I’d have no blog at all. To say I was thankful for these five people wouldn’t come close to expressing my deepest feelings on what my family means to me.

The Sheridan Clan

Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you that support this community. There are so many other folks that inspire me out there and have helped me along this journey during these last two years, but I’m completely earnest in saying that my cup is overflowing right now with gratitude towards each and every one of you.

Thank you all so very, very much.

Your Turn:

What bloggers would you add to this list? Who else do you see out there kicking butt and taking names? As I mentioned above, there are so many people I’ve not included in this list but would like to, and so please shine the light on someone else you can think of at this time. :-)

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75 thoughts on “A ‘Thank You’ to 21 Bloggers for Kicking Butt, Taking Names, and Creating Greatness

  1. I would add Yolanda Facio and Tia Peterson, both of them work hard to change lives and make the world a much better place to business. The world needs people like these.

    I should probably say Joey Strawn for leading me here , oh and Keith at Easy Public Speaking for great conversation across many different sites :)

    It’s never too soon to get the little ones blogging… ;)

    • I don’t know much about Yolanda, so thanks so much for that suggestion Sarah…and Tia does some great stuff, so I’m really glad you mentioned her too.

      As for Keith, well, he’s just nutters, pure and simple. ;-)

      You rock as well Sarah, and had I a few more spots and not crossed 2k words, I would have been talking about one of my fav writers across the pond. ;-)


  2. Marcus, nice shout out to some great bloggers. There’s a few that I don’t follow regularly so I’ll have to take a look. I also have a copy of Danny’s book and after the first few pages am really impressed! I’m looking forward to reading your section, Marcus.

    • Thanks Tom, I think it’s important to shine light on people that move of and affect us, which is why I made this list. It’s also why I really enjoy this time of the year, tons of bloggers and people thinking about that one wonderful word– Gratitude.

      Take care my friend,


  3. Thanks so much for including me in this great list of people! They are definitely all people who are kicking butt out there! And I love the family portrait – you definitely have a lot to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    • You’re more than welcome Kristi, you’ve been a big example to me and I always appreciate your work. Have a wonderful Turkey day tomorrow!


  4. Well, you have blown me away again. Thank you for this great list. I am so amazed and honored to be on it. Don’t consider myself a real “blogger” and not sure I deserve it, but I am so grateful. Wow. Some really awesome people here, Marcus. Most I follow and the rest I will be soon. You are such a kind and giving young man. Appreciate all you have done for me and for all the others that read your blog.

    So honored to have three awesome bloggers and facebook queen as my last four guests at The CARE Movement. Gini on Friday. Mari Smith on Monday. Marcus on Tuesday and JK Allen on Wednesday. Wow ! What a finish. Incredible.

    Thanks again Marcus for the mention and for all you do. You are a great example of what we all should strive to be. Humble, Honest, Giving, Kind, Helpful. Just a few words that describe you.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family.


  5. Well done, Marcus. TSL led me to JK, Steve, Nancy, Steve, Al, Craig, and a host of others that I enjoy reading and trading comments with, so I will say thank you to you for the introductions. Hope you have a great holiday with your family, don’t get too “stuffed” tomorrow…

    • Awesome Joe. I love hearing how this blog has helped people build relationships, which is really what life is all about in the first place.

      You’re awesome my friend, and I still need to get up there for some Joe DeGieorgio authentic italian bistro. :-)


      • Marcus, I think your blog led me to Joe. Joe is good people and he and I have a lot in common. Authentic Italian sounds good :)

  6. Marcus,

    It is a shock, but an absolute honor to be included in the list above. I don’t think anything I’ve done to this point is worthy of being included with such a respected group of thought-leaders…

    You are the mentor I’ve never met. In many ways our story is similar and in many it is not. But what I respect and learn from you is the willingness to step outside the accepted practice and push an industry. There is something to be said for not settling… For wanting more then what is easy.

    I thank you for all you have done for people like myself and for the future contributions to Online storytelling and relationship building I am sure will come…

    I wish you and your family a most fantastic Thanksgiving….

    Ryan H.

    • It’s an honor to watch all you do as well Ryan, so see it as a two way street bud.

      Just promise me to keep fighting the good fight, and don’t let the dinosaurs in your industry get you down.



  7. I’m grateful there are lists like this – because in addition to deserved kudos to many people I already know and read, I get to meet new people. Win-win! :-)

    I read and shared an interview with Amy Porterfield just this week, having never read her blog. I’m now following her on Twitter, look forward to seeing what she’s got to share. Ditto Ryan, Pat and a few others you mentioned; the bloggers who ‘actually DO something’ as you say are always good to meet. FWIW.

    • Thanks for saying this Davina. Some people give lists like these flack, but I’ve never understood that.

      Sometimes, I just want to thank people, ya know?

      And yes, please do check out some of these new names. It’ll be worth it. :-)

      Thanks for all your support my friend,


  8. Forgot to add some of mine. Kaarina Dillabough, Bill Dorman, Craig McBreen, Lori Gosselin, Rob White (MindAdventure) Just to name a few. There are lots more.

    Thanks again Marcus.


    • All great names and blogs Al. So glad you brought them up man.

    • Hey Al, I second that! Except for the Craig guy.

      Kaarina Dillabough and Bill Dorman are two of the coolest people I know, I don’t care what they say about Canadians or Floridians :) Seriously, they’ve been a huge help to this rook.

      Lori Gosselin let me post on her site, plus she is very nice and inspirational.

      Other peeps (not mentioned above) who have been very generous with their time and helped me:

      Danny Brown

      Frank Dickinson

      Srinivas Rao

      Mark Schaefer

      And too many others to mention!

      Al Smith is the man!

  9. I have one … Can I make my comment a post? Okay, thanks. Here goes …

    Marcus Sheridan (aka The Sales Lion):

    About this Marcus dude: As he says on his site, “If I teach it, I’ve lived it.” Marcus believes in the power of personal experience (he has oodles of that) and helping others. He’s all about making people shine, on blogs, business or everyday life. I keep hearing people tell may about this guy and how cool he is too. He’s an amazing speaker, but frankly he scares me sometimes with that energy. Almost Drill Sergeant like! But man, does it work. :)

    My first exposure to Marcus was through BlogcastFM. His enthusiasm is infectious. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again … His enthusiasm is infectious! Yep. I want to become somewhat proficient at this blogging thing (of course) and become a better public speaker. He does both extremely well. He also keeps bugging me about doing a video and he won’t let up. Lion’s are persistent.

    What the Lion taught me:
    Jump in. After all, he is the founder of a pool company. He went from starting a pool industry blog (when no one else was) to the ever popular Sales Lion. He did this with little technical knowledge, but a burning desire — To. Help. People. Succeed! It shows in everything he does and frankly this guy just motivates me.

    Call me a toady, lackey or teacher’s pet :) I don’t care, because the stuff I’m sayin’ is true.

    Did I say this guy motivates me? :) Have a great Thanksgiving.

    • Best. Comment. Ever.


      That was way too cool,kind, and creative my friend!


  10. Thanks Marcus. Honored to be here, and delighted to know you. Keep making a difference.

    • And you as well my friend. Keep rockin it and look forward to more chats in the future. :)


  11. Marcus,

    Thanks for including me on your list. It was a pleasure having you at the meshmarketing conference in Toronto. Your presentation made a huge impact! We’ve have to get you north of the border again!

    cheers, Mark

    • Appreciate that Mark. I think you’re an awesome guy doing great things up there man. And btw, I’ll be speaking at another conference there in February, so maybe I’ll see you then!!

  12. I’d like to add you to the list, Marcus. After over a decade in blogging, I thought I knew it all. But then you came along and taught me I have so much left to learn. Meeting you will and getting to know you as a person will always be a highlight of 2011.

  13. Wow, Marcus, I am so blessed to have you as a friend. I seriously can’t believe when I make such a list especially on this amazing blog. I appreciate every word of support and so happy that I can help anyone with a tip or two.

    PS Why is that little thing in the bottom left corner of your pic still in the clan. I thought that is mine now :)

    • Hahaha, that little thing at the bottom left is just about the coolest thing ever Bran. She is one smile after another. :-)

      But I’m sure you’ll meet her someday to see for yourself. ;-)


  14. I am humbled that you included me in this list Marcus. Since last Friday when I got that notice I felt like I got punched in the gut.

    All I could do was think about some people we both know like John Falchetto, and say “how would he handle this?” The result was that post.

    You and your blog have taught me so much Marcus. I don’t comment all of the time, but I am always here reading.

    Who would I add? Margie Clayman who is always showing the world how big her heart is, and how much more we can all be doing.

    Happy Thanksgiving Marcus.

    • Nancy, when things get tough I think about the strong women I know, you, Gini, Farnoosh, Shonali.
      Suddenly I feel a lot stronger :)

    • Hey Nancy, sorry you’re going through this tough time, but I do believe you’ll find a way to turn it into a blessing.

      As for Margie, yes, she is awesome, love her writing every time I go to her blog, and she has a big vision of caring and helping others.

      Hope your Turkey day went well yesterday Nancy,


  15. Marcus

    It’s ok you guys in the US got the date for ThanksGiving wrong, we celebrated it a month ago in Canada. Saying that I think you folks do it a lot better than us.

    Thank you for being my online mentor, you know our conversations mean a lot to me and I feel privileged to call you a friend.
    I’m still a bit shocked I made such an awesome list, thanks and yes I’m grateful.

    Have a great day with the Sheridan Clan :)

    • Hey Brother, you know the feelings are mutual, and our relationship is just another example of how two people can be friends and still teach each other so very much through help and example. Thanks for all,


  16. I needed to go out and walk a bit to calm myself down after seeing my name on this list. Me? With this talent? These people? Marcus, I don’t even feel close to being worthy of such praise, but all I can say on this Thanksgiving eve is grazie mille, thank you so very much for every bit of heart warming kindness that you have shown me and so many others in this great on-line adventure. You make me think. You don’t injure my (at times) fragile ego. You make sure what you give is honest, well conceived and thought provoking. You are smart and talented and a teacher and you do it while being NICE which to me, means, well, everything.

    This means so much to me.

    I am also quite partial to the number 22 position on the list.

    With a great deal of heartfelt warmth to you and your family, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving, Marcus. Thank you again.

    • Oh Diana, I could only smile when I read this….imagining you going for a walk on the other side of the world all because of something some guy in little old virginia said. ;-)

      You’re an amazing lady Diana. I so sincerely mean that and when your book comes out, I’m going to be the first buyer if I can help it.

      Thanks for living such an inspired life Diana,


  17. Wonderful people on that list. I read Steve’s story and how you drove to go hiking with him. That’s awesome. I know from reading how much that meant to him.

    Love the picture of your family! Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Hey Benny, thanks for that bud. It was a great trip with Steve, no doubt, and I learned as much as he did I think.

      Stay well my friend and congrats on an amazing 2011 bud,


  18. Marcus,
    You are a true class act my friend. And while I’m not crazy about the blogger round up type posts because they are so overused (and often just cheesy plugs), you have done it in a genuine way. Of course, I wouldn’t have expected anything else from you…

    As far as adding a name to your list, my friend Ian Westermann from is killing it in his niche. He was able to create a very successful online tennis instruction site and was able to quit his full-time job as a tennis instructor. He knows IM very well and is a great dude as well. And on top of that, he lives like 1 mile from me!

    • Awesome addition to the list Steve. I love it when I see people in unique niches kicking butt online.

      Proud of you man and just keep doing what you know you need to be doing.


  19. Awe man Marcus – thanks a bunch for the mention on this. I’ve been so behind with everything accept for work and taking care of my clients with Growth Effect that I was starting to feel a little behind. But in the scheme of things, dreams are being fulfilled and life is great. My 2011 goals have come full turn, some in 4th quarter where I didn’t really even know HOW they would happen…but I always had FAITH that they WOULD.

    This posts speaks about action. Everyone mentioned here are action takers and doing all that they can to not just sit back and blog…but to also chip away at their goals and make their mark.

    The thing I’ve learned about bloggers is that they all have a goal of some sort. Well, 99% of them. There are a few I’d omit from that category…I’m sure you would too (you know what I’m talking about)…anyway, the only bloggers who really see their goals realized are those that don’t just write, but take action, put themselves on the line and be willing to either fail or succeed.

    I understand the fear…but the thing about it is that we all love the guy who tried his heart out…even if he didn’t win…just as much as the guy who won. In fact, we’re inspired by that energy and want to do all that we can to help them succeed next go-ground. The support I’ve received has been amazing – starting from you!

    Thanks for all that you do my friend!

    Keep inspiring the world…one post and speaking engagement at a time.

    By the way – you’ve been an incredible influence on my own personal growth this year. Watching you has kept a fire lit under me; taking my hustle to the next level.

    Thank you!

    • That’s the thing JK, some people in your place would not have started GrowthEffect and would have just worried about maintaining this or that on their blog…without anything to show for it though but maybe a few more comments. So what you’ve been doing is exactly symbolic of why we all started a blog in the first place—growth, action, experience, secondary income, etc.

      You rock my friend,


  20. Michael Stelzner

    Thanks so much Marcus. I am thankful there are still thankful people in the world, like you!

    • More than welcome Michael. I know I’ve said it before, but I think you’re a heck of a guy with a ton of character to match. Hope your thanksgiving was a great one bud.


  21. Dev

    Hey Marcus,

    Nice list of some great bloggers. Some of them are new to me, so I’ll have to take a look. I have heard many good things about the Danny’s book and am planning to get one myself.

    • Hey Dev! I honestly feel Danny’s book is well, well worth it. The thoughts and lessons within the book are not ‘same old, same old’, plus there are a ton of perspectives, which is always nice.

      So kind of you to stop by!


  22. Hi Marcus,

    What a nice way to celebrate Thanksgiving day by saying thanks! It’s a simple word but people now keep forgetting to say this simple word. Though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving day but reading this reminds me to be thankful and cherish everything i have. Have a happy holiday for you and the whole Sheridan clan.

    • Hey Lye, really appreciate those kind words man. Yes, we have so very much to be grateful for my friend.

      Cheers to you and your fam… and thanks for all you do,


  23. Forget naming Bloggers and saying thanks for including me on a list like this, LOOK AT THAT AMAZING FAMILY!! I’m thankful for everything that you share!

    • Hahahaha Mitch, yeah, I’m pretty biased, but they’re awesome. Heck, they’re beyond awesome. And I love being a dad. Every day is a new adventure.

      Thanks again bud,


  24. Hey there, Mane man.
    You have a neat looking list there. I agree with a lot of them, especially Derek Halpern (the guy’s being talked about everywhere).

    • Hey Josh, hope your thanksgiving was a great one. Derek has built and built momentum, and he’s also a good guy.

      Thanks so much for stopping by my friend,


      • Haha. I know, right? He’s worked hard to build his name. But then again, so have you, Marcus.

  25. Wonderful list! Thanks for sharing and shedding the light.

    I am thankful for this medium where we can so easily connect as if you were all next door! Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Americans.

    We Canadians could not wait and had our Thanksgiving last month!

    • Hey again Shirley!! I do hope you can follow a few of these great people, they’re doing some awesome stuff. And to be honest, I can’t imagine have Thanksgiving in October, because then my wife would play Christmas music for 2 straight months. ;-)

      Have a great one!


  26. Marcus, thank you so much for the shout out!

    I couldn’t agree more with the wonderful names on your list – I’ve had the privilege of interacting with about half of them (in fact, six of them, plus you, contributed to the book!), and I’m looking forward to getting to know the awesomeness of the other half.

    I also want to second (or third, or fourth) some of the other comments, and express my gratitude to you. We connected pretty early in my foray into the social media and blogging world, towards the beginning of the year, and you’ve been a huge influence on me.

    I deeply value your friendship, and I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

    • Danny, dittos to all you said man. You’re really a producer, doing wonderful things, with a whole lot of work to show for it. To me, that’s what it’s all about my man…producing and creating. And I don’t know if anyone has exemplified that more than you this past year.

      Cheers my friend,


  27. G’Day Marcus,
    Mate, ya left one out: that hole digger from Virginia whose kids write laudatory comments on his blog. Can’t remember his bloody name. But his surname’s Irish.

    And he seems to have lots of fun and kids.

    Best Wishes

    • Hahahaha, Irish it is Leon, my grandfather would be so proud! :-)

  28. I’m grateful for JK Allen from The Hustlers Notebook for pushing us to push for our best, Alex Blackwell from The Bridgemaker for proving that it’s OK to show and share your emotions, and Ayo Olaniyan for having a heart and smile as wide as the Earth and his ability to give and give and give. And truly and honestly YOU Marcus; I’ve been a long time fan because you go the extra mile, you contribute beyond what most people ever do,and you believe in us – that alone is what makes you the standout in outstanding! Blogging is friendship that keeps coming back.

    • Very kind words John, and I think Alex is a great addition to the list here. The guy really does put it out there in a positive way. Ayo is another excellent choice.

      Thanks for this John and appreciate all you do and represent my friend,


  29. Sophia

    I am so lucky to enter into your blog, and see so many warm persons in here and how thankful you are! I like here really, also know new friend. The persons in list are all I could learn from. Thank you.

  30. Gini Dietrich

    Mrs Dietrich?!? Is Kelly’s grandmother kicking butt? I think it’s so nice of you to tell everyone taking your name while I’m kicking your butt! :)

    In all seriousness, thank you, Marcus. I’ve learned so much from you this year. You’re an inspiration and just plain fun to be around. I’m looking forward to introducing you to my PR friends in May.

    Hope your football game and Thanksgiving were happy!

    • Thank you, thank you my dear Gini. :-)

      And yes, I quite look forward to May…but I have a feeling our paths will cross more than once in 2012 ;-)


  31. Marcus, you’ve built quite a following, pal. And you’ve listed some great A-List bloggers, including Marlee, JK, Pat Flynn, and Chris Brogan! Amazing bloggers who have conquered their niches and learned how to help others in the process. I’ve learned an awful lot from you as well, my friend. And you have a beautiful family! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Incredibly kind of you to say all that Bryan, it really is, and I’m grateful to you my friend. :-)

      Cheers to us both having awesome fams ;-)


  32. Marcus,

    There are many great bloggers in the world today, but what makes these people you’ve listed stand out is that they are also great human beings.

    Take care!

    • Well that really sums it up nicely Stuart–they are great human beings.

      And at the end of the day, when the writing stops, that’s what truly matters.

      Cheers mate,


  33. Marcus, Marcus, Marcus!

    I’m so very grateful to be apart of the community you’ve created here, and to watch you grow, create, and inspire. It’s what you give that fosters everything I’ve had the privilege of seeing you share- and it’s incredible. Thank YOU! So glad to know you and call you friend. Big hug to the Lion Clan. :)

    • Awww shucks, you’re too dang good to me Marlee Ward. :-)

      Thank ya lady and look forward to laughing even harder the next time,


  34. Great list! Some I know, some not. I will definitely check them out as you described them well enough that I’m intrigued!

    Just wondering… is your lion friendly- in that king of the jungle sort of way? {;>)

    Thanks again…

    • Hahahaha Tracy, YES, my Lion is quite friendly. But I guess you’ll just have to meet me in person some time to see just how ‘friendly’ that Lion is. ;-)

      So glad you liked the post. :-)


  35. This is a great blogger list- only person missing is Pete Cashmore (Mashable) Cool post thanks

    • Yeah, Cashmore has kicked a little butt, hasn’t he Herby? ;-)

      Thanks for stopping by man.


  36. MARCUS – I just don’t think I have EVER met someone so sincere and caring as you – and I truly mean that. You are the kind of guy that walks the talk – and that is hard to find these days. Your mention of me was so touching – and completely surprising. I am honored to be your friend – and I can’t wait to spend even more time with you at events in 2012.

    I am lucky to know you. -A

    • It’s all my pleasure Amy. I’ve met many people in 2011, but I’m particularly partial to one A.P. ;-)

      Talk soon,


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