10 bloggers who inspire Hard Knox Life

At last count, I read around 150 blogs every day through my RSS.  Of course this includes the A-Listers like Seth Godin, Mashable, Jeremiah Owyang, Guy Kawasaki and ReadWriteWeb.  But it also includes several others who I find to be real inspiration for what I write on Hard Knox Life.  If you are looking for some great new reads, you should check these guys out (in no particular order):

Pete Blackshaw – Consumer Generated Media: I’m lucky enough to call Pete a good friend and mentor.  But he is also one of the best voices in Social Media today.  This guy is bursting with energy and it shows with his writing.  Cincinnati is lucky to have him as an adopted son.

Alan Wolk – The Toad Stool: I think Alan has managed to be one of the most referenced people here on Hard Knox Life thanks to his terming of “NASCAR Blindness.”  He is self-described “tradigitalist”– an advertising creative director and social media consultant with the rare ability to speak Web 2.0 and TV 101 – often in the same sentence.

Bob Gilbreath – Marketing with Meaning and The Challenge Dividend: Bob is another guy doing Cincinnati proud with his writing.  As Chief Marketing Strategist for Bridge Worldwide, Bob is a P&G Brand guy who made the switch to the agency world.  He’s been writing The Challenge Dividend since 2006 but just started Marketing with Meaning as a platform for some of the work he is leading at Bridge.

Ian Schafer: Ian is the CEO of Deep Focus, a digital shop who is doing some of the most amazing work I have seen (just check out their latest with Entourage).  Ian is always willing to push the envelope.  For instance, a couple of months ago he auctioned off the sponsorship of his Twitter profile to anyone willing to bid.  Keep an eye on what he is going to do next.

Peter Kim – Being Peter Kim: Former Forrester Analyst and current Commissioner of the Social Media Fantasy Football League, Peter is a guy that just gets it.  When he was at Forrester, he wrote several reports on the future of Marketing that are dead on.  I’m talking stuff that could shake up the industry if we are brave enough to follow his advice.  I can’t wait to see what he does in his newest venture.

Kevin Dugan – Strategic Public Relations: The 3rd Cincinnati resident on the list, Kevin is a guy who is really making things happen in our city.  He’s been blogging since 2002 and is one of the driving forces behind the Cincinnati Social Media Breakfast.  In his most recent post, he says he is feeling a little burned out…let’s hope that passes quickly.

Paul Isakson: Paul’s day job is Senior Strategic Planner for space 150 and he puts together some of my favorite presenations on marketing.  My only knock against Paul is that he doesn’t blog enough.  His site has the tagline of “Provoke, Prod, Inspire – Building a better future for brands” and he does just that every time he writes.

Darren Herman: I first came across Darren when I picked up his book “Coloring Outside the Lines: Confession of a Digital Native.”  He’s a guy that walks the talk, having founded IGA Worldwide, where BusinessWeek named him one of the top entrepreneurs under 25.

Matt Dickman – Techno//Marketer: Matt is a VP, Digital Marketing at Fleishman-Hillard in Cleveland.  Though he isn’t exactly based in a city that is a technology hotbed, I would argue he is more in tune with where technology and the consumer will meet than any Silicon Valley/Alley based blogger.

David Armano – Logic + Emotion: Armano nearly makes the “A-List” classificaton but I decided to keep him humble.  I have been following Dave’s writing for awhile and have been fortunate enough to get to know him over the past several months since his agency (Critical Mass) works with P&G.  Dave is a true visual thinking and he is able to use pictures to simple get across concepts that most of us need hundreds of words to explain.

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13 Responses to 10 bloggers who inspire Hard Knox Life

  1. Very kind words Dave. I will try and live up to them.
    What’s nice is I know a number of the people on your list and I’m inspired by them as well…. now if we could all just get the rest of the world to listen to us 😉

  2. Peter Kim says:

    Z-list all the way for me, man. Thanks for the mention and don’t clear a space on your mantel for that trophy just yet, okay?

  3. Kevin Dugan says:

    This is great Dave. Thanks for the the praise. And stay tuned for details on SMB 4.

  4. Ian Schafer says:

    Thanks so much Dave! Not only do we all blog, but we all get Google Alerts! We all love your blog too!

  5. David Armano says:

    Thanks Dave,

    Even better than being listed here was seeing you in person even if brief. But I’ll see you again in December.

  6. David Griner says:

    As the first commenter who wasn’t actually featured on the list, let me say this: Nice picks! Always good to see more props for Alan’s clear-headed, tradition-challenging insights.

  7. Thanks for the shout-out, Dave Knox. You helped inspire me to try Twitter – i just added an account for Marketing With Meaning: https://twitter.com/mktgwithmeaning

    Enjoy your upcoming conferences!

  8. paul isakson says:

    Thanks, Dave. I’m inspired by what you share here as well. It’s an honor to be on this list. It’s also a good (and well deserved) jab to get back to writing more.

  9. Matt Dickman says:

    Thank you Dave. That’s some amazing company to be in. I hope that we can meet in person sometime soon, I know I’m due for a trip to Cinci soon anyway.

  10. Matt Dickman says:

    Thank you Dave. That’s some amazing company to be in. I hope that we can meet in person sometime soon, I know I’m due for a trip to Cinci soon anyway.

  11. I am late to the party – thanks so much for the kind compliment and this is great company to be in. Appreciate it! Next time you’re in NYC, lets grab a drink.

  12. Mark McGuire says:

    Thanks Dave, now I have more blogs that I can’t keep up with 🙂 Seriously, how do you keep up with over 100 bloggers? That is quite impressive.

  13. Ian says:

    Good stuff Dave. Added a few feeds to my reader.

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