As I sit here this evening with a smile on my face I feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction and anticipation with today’s article. You see, when I started this blog 18 months ago I knew that it would attract many things into my life, and although I’m certainly grateful for the career and financial benefits that have come with this decision, both pale in comparison to the one component of blogging that I never anticipated, yet by far appreciate the most—the relationships I would form with some incredible people.
So instead of yapping about sales or marketing today, I want to talk about people. More specifically, I want to talk about bloggers that inspire me through their powerful words and kind deeds. And I hope that by reading this, you’ll be inspired by their acts as well. So without further ado….
(Warning***This post is going to be a little long, but as it is I still feel like I had to cut short so much of what I wanted to express here**)
15 Bloggers Who Inspire Me and Are Changing the Blogosphere as We Know It
(Note** Order does not indicate ‘rank’)
1. Gini Dietrich: Gini Dietrich, the face of the incredibly popular social media community/blog ‘Spin Sucks’, is one of the kindest and most impressive people I’ve ever met, without exaggeration. Just to give you a glimpse of the type of person she is, the other day, when Gini and I were chatting via Skype for the first time, I mentioned to her that I had just applied to speak at Blog World in New York this coming May. Upon hearing this, Gini literally got on the phone that second to talk to one of the show’s organizers(she’s already speaking there)…just to put in a good word for my application. Personally, I was blown away by her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty, but that’s just how she rolls. She looks to give value with every word she types. She cares about others. And her legion of fans are as faithful as any group I’ve seen online. …..Gini Dietrich, you inspire me.
2. JK Allen: Most of you have likely seen JK around the blogosphere. Whether it’s his hard-hitting ‘Hustler’s Notebook’, or one of the incredible comments he leaves around the net, JK is a man on a mission. But there is more to JK than just great comments and powerful writings. For example, the morning I published my first ever guest post, JK, only after having known me for a month or so, called my cell phone to congratulate me personally. Since then, there have been many times when the guy has sent me a short email expressing his gratitude towards something I’ve written or just some simple words of kindness. It’s these little things that have drawn me to appreciate JK Allen, an inspired man, so very much.
3. Steve Scott: Steve Scott is on a mission folks. Basically, he’s tired of ‘internet lifestyle gurus that suck’, which is why every article the guy produces is meant to teach, inform, and truly help someone make a living online. During a time when there are many ‘fakes’ out there yapping about the ‘internet lifestyle’, Steve’s writings exude his passion and desire to help, and for that, the guy inspires me.
4. Tristan Higbee: Whether he’s climbing a cliff that would make most people want to cry to Momma, or writing about how to be a successful blogger on his popular ‘Blogging Bookshelf’, Tristan Higbee is the real deal. One of the first bloggers that really taught me the essence of building a community, Tristan is constantly looking to promote others, as he’s done with me many times, and it’s for this reason that he has grown such a phenomenally popular blog in such a short period of time.
5. Patricia Millman: How does a lady create a community around lavender?? Beats the heck out of me, but if you want to see it done, visit the Lovely Lavender Lady’s site and you’ll quickly see she has an incredible community that has been built simply because of Patricia’s kindness around the blogosphere. Having shared personal emails with Patricia in the past, I’m blown away by her genuine kindness and humble nature. Simply put, she’s as good as they come, and she inspires the heck out of me.
6. Brankica Underwoord: I’ve only known Brankica for about two months but what I’ve seen from this lady has been nothing short of inspiring. What I like so much about Brankica is that she has turned her blog into an ultimate resource for anyone looking to get into blogging but really unsure as to how or where to start. Having ‘been there done that’, Brankica communicates boldly, with energy, and delivers major value with every post. No question, she’s an inspiring lady.
7. Jason Hughes: This may come across as a little biased, as Jason is my best friend in real life and my business partner as well with two companies. But if you’re looking to read the thoughts of a man with unshakeable character and integrity, just visit his blog Skyward. I’m telling you, it’s inspiring, uplifting, and motivating as it gets.
8. Lori Gosselin: With the constant pressures and rigors of life, I think it’s important we all have a place where we can go to relax, breathe a little deeper, and clear our thoughts. And in the virtual world, this, for me, would be the blog Life for Instance, by Lori Gosselin. Trying to describe what I like so much about the way Lori writes and thinks is tough to do, but I’ll simply say here that every time I go to Lori’s blog, I feel a little better, and a little more inspired, when I’m done. Take a stop by there yourself, and you’ll see what I mean.
9. Danny Brown: Although he likely doesn’t realize this, Danny Brown has become somewhat of a father-figure/mentor for me with this blog. Just by studying the way the man thinks, communicates, and then relates to people; I feel as though I can accomplish things I never previously dreamed of. In fact, I must share with you a quick story about Danny..
A few weeks ago, about 2am in the morning, I was sitting at my desk, looking at the stats for this website. And for whatever reason, on that particular day, I was feeling a little disappointed that I hadn’t yet achieved the goals I’d hoped to with this blog. Although I’m usually incredibly positive and upbeat, it was just one of those tough spots along the road to success that we all have. So in my moment of frustration, I wrote Danny a personal email, explaining my situation.
The next day, much to my surprise, Danny responded with an incredibly heartfelt and long email, full of words of wisdom, suggestions, and sound advice. Knowing just how busy that guy is, and also understanding just how many people contact him for ‘help’ on a daily basis, I couldn’t believe this act of kindness. Danny Brown, you inspire me.
10. John Falchetto: If someone were to write the book, “How to Grow a Powerful Blog and Community in 90 Days or Less”, all they’d need to do is look at JF for the answers. You see, there are many people on the web that network, but few do it as well as Falchetto. Watching this Expat Coach grow his blog over the past few months has been the best example I’ve ever seen of someone who knows how to establish genuine relationships by pouring his energy into the success of others—day in and day out. John is such an inspiring guy that once we had a Skype conversation and within about 20 minutes I’d come up with 3 powerful article ideas, all because of the synergetic ideas we were bouncing off of each other. For this reason and many others, you inspire me John Falchetto.
11. Mark Harai: Some entrepreneurs like to talk. And then there are others that simply do the walk. But let me tell you folks, Mark Harai knows how to do both, and he does them very, very well. Similar to Falchetto in the sense that he has been able to grow his blog from almost nothing into a rockin community in a very short period of time, Mark Harai has as much ‘real world’ business experience as any writer I’ve seen on the net. He has gained and lost his millions at different times throughout life, and because he’s unafraid to share these experiences with others, Mark Harai is one inspiring guy.
12. John Sherry: Many of the bloggers I’ve mentioned up to this point inspire me because of their vast business or blogging knowledge. But my friend across the pond, John Sherry, inspires me each week with his ‘100% You’ blog simply because he is one heck of a writer. When it comes to beautiful prose that inspire people to be their best self, there are few better than John Sherry.
13. Davina Brewer: When I stumbled upon Davina’s social media blog a few months back, I was immediately struck with her witty writing style and often times hilarious (and brutally honest) approach to seeing the world. Since that time, I’ve also come to very much look forward to her stopping by this blog, initiating GREAT conversation in the comment section to each article, and then finishing off with some 12-letter- acronym that confuses the heck out of me. And, as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t know if anyone has taught me more about how to promote others through witty tweets on Twitter than Davina Brewer, one inspiring and funny lady.
14. Srinivas Rao: Talk about inspiring folks, Srinivas Rao is making it happen, in major ways. As someone who has masterfully interviewed just about every elite blogger in the world on his incredibly popular podcast, BlogcastFM, Rao has a gift for communication and is sharing it with the world. Having Skyped with him for over an hour last week, I was blown away with the guy’s desire to lift up and promote others as much as possible around the blogosphere. Living a true location independent lifestyle, Rao also has an extremely popular personal development blog—The Skool of Life, and I strongly recommend you give it a look.
15. Ingrid Abboud: Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to talk about my friend Ingrid, aka ‘Griddy’, from NittyGriddy blog. Most of you already have read about the time Griddy sent me a book about Twitter in the mail simply because I’d mentioned to her my initial struggles with the medium. You may have also noticed the time she posted a 1200-word ‘novel’ in the comment section to one of my posts.
But the reason I want to talk about Griddy here is because she has managed to build one of the strongest community blogs on the internet. And why does she have such raving fans? Well, although I could write a novel myself about this one, I’ll simply say it’s impossible to go to Griddy’s blog without smiling, learning, laughing, and making a new friend. Just hanging around the comment section to her blog is a social experience you won’t soon forget. When it comes to blogging, communities are only as strong as their leader. And it is for this reason that the NittyGriddy community is so very special.
Other Great People:
Originally, I planned on writing about more great people with this post, but as you can see, I’ve broken the 2000 word barrier already. Notwithstanding, I wanted to at least mention by name some other bloggers that regularly inspire me with their tremendous writings–
Stuart Mills of Unlock the Door, Daniel Wood of Looking to Business, Christina Crowe of Cash Campfire, Joe at Not Your Average Joe , John Alford, Murray Lunn, Bryan Thompson of Elevation Life, Leon Noone, Robert Dempsey of Itinerant Entrepreneur, Sheila Atwood of Newbie Lifeline, Rob White of Mind Adventure, Jens Berget of SlyMarketing, Paul Wolfe of One Spoon at a Time, Troy Claus, Marlee Ward of Metamorphoself, Alex Blackwell of Bridgemaker, Keith Davis of Easy Public Speaking, Dino Dogan of DIY Blogger, Hector Avellaneda, Ari Herzog, and Peggy Baron of Adventures in Internet Marketing (plus a bunch of other awesome folks).
OK ladies and gents, we’ve mentioned a ton of awesome people today, and surely there are many more out there I’ve not been able to include. So here are a few questions to consider if you would:
What are some other traits you’ve noticed in these bloggers that I’ve mentioned that make them so inspiring?
Who would you add to the list? (go ahead and write out the domain, if it goes to spam, I’ll pull your comment out quickly)
And finally, what are you doing with your blog to be even more inspiring than you already are?
As always, if you feel at all inclined, I’d invite you to join in on the awesome conversation below.