My best friend’s name is Siri…
No really, her name is Kathy, but Siri and I are tight. You see, I’m always looking up stuff online.
Whether it’s finding a solution to a challenge at work, learning how to write a particular piece of code or simply looking up the lyrics to a song, I turn to Siri for the answer. (or at least to start as she sometimes doesn’t understand my southern drawl.)
More times than not, she guides me right where I need to go and over the years, she’s dropped a few gems in my lap. I have discovered some of the BEST blogs… many of them completely by accident.
Keeping track of the (plethora of) things that spark your interest online is difficult at best and my bookmarks bar wasn’t really doing the trick, so I started a list and thought I’d share it with you.
Here are 5 blogs that will change the way you think about doing business; especially business online. (by the way, these are in no particular order…)
The Art of Non-Conformity is a home for unconventional people doing remarkable things. The Art of Non-Conformity (AONC) project chronicles Chris Guillebeau as he writes on how to change the world by achieving significant, personal goals while helping others at the same time. In the battle against conventional beliefs, his focus is on three areas: Life, Work, and Travel.
Check it out! It’s one of my favorites…
Led by award-winning brand specialist and brand identity expert, David Brier, DBD International helps its clients through the power of strategic design and branding that connects. Instead of merely trying to attract attention, David’s solutions amplify the values of the audience so the resulting designs and branding mirror what’s meaningful to the end user.
He says… “SOCIAL MEDIA WON’T SAVE YOUR BRAND IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO CONNECT WITH.”
Amen to that!
Julien Smith is the CEO of Breather, an on-demand space company, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of three books (Trust Agents and The Impact Equation, written with Chris Brogan & The Flinch which has consistently remained one of the top read Kindle books since it was published in 2011.) Smith’s work focuses on adaptation and change, but not the “think out of the box” clichés that most companies embrace. Instead, his work draws from a deep study of the adaptive ability of the human body, as well as evolution, biomimicry, and an observation of nature. Trust Agents is a great read.
Derek is the founder and CEO of Social Triggers, a company that publishes a blog with more than 105,000 subscribers, a top marketing podcast on iTunes, and a widely watched web tv show (reaching more than 250,000 people). They cover everything from persuasion, online marketing, traditional marketing, email marketing, influence, and other behavior psychology principles that help you get people to do things.
Danny is the Author of The Parables of Business (offering business tips and advice through the art of storytelling) and the co-author of Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing, described as “the book that will change the way we do business today”, and recognized as one of the Top 100 Business Books in America by Nielsen BookScan.
He helps business owners build not only their business and brand loyalty, but also employee loyalty and a mindset to do business the right way.
Danny’s blog is recognized as the #1 marketing blog in the world
by HubSpot; Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blog in 2011, 2013 and 2014; voted one of Canada’s Top 50 Marketing Blog; and additionally won the Hive Award for Best Social Media Blog at the South by Southwest festival.
Check out his most recent 2-part series on the future of content.
The Future of Content with Clay Morgan
The Future of Content with Lisa Gerber
Those are 5 of the most interesting, stimulating, call-it-like-they-see-it blogs I’ve come across recently. What’s on your list?
Junk in… Junk Out… Good in… Good out… Right?
So, what feeds YOU?
Bottom line is this. Jim Rohn put it best when he said… “Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
The list really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have a list.
Got any favorites of your own? Share them in the comments below.