12 bloggers for 2012

The great thing about blogging is that you get to meet so many smart people. While a post might start the conversation, the comments take it in a whole new direction altogether, and makes a post better for it.

As well as blog comments offering the opportunity to read the views of these smart people, they also allow us to check out more of their writing, thanks to plugins like CommentLuv.

I’ve discovered some really great bloggers through comments left on this blog, and I’d like to share 12 of them with you today.

Each one of them brings a tremendous voice and point-of-view, as well as something to learn from every time. And you can’t ask for more than that.

So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are 12 bloggers you really should read and subscribe to in 2012.

1. Judy Dunn

One of the original For Bloggers By Bloggers core authors, Judy has long been one of my favourite bloggers from the first post of hers I read. Her Cats Eye Writer blog is one of the best around, period, for writing advice, style, life lessons weaved into blogging and more. If you want to be a better writer, read Judy Dunn.

2. Craig McBreen

Craig came into my radar last year, and he’s been there ever since. A fairly new blogger, Craig writes about social media and business, but from a more human angle. His writing style is very warm and incredibly smooth, and flows from one sentence to the other. If you want a business-type blog without the boring corporate fluff, check Craig McBreen out.

3. Jayme Soulati

Never one to pull punches or walk in territories others would be afraid to, Jayme Soulati writes an excellent PR-led blog over at Soulati-’TUDE. Although there are many reasons to love her blog, her no-nonsense approach to showing what’s wrong in PR and how to improve it make it an essential read for anyone with an interest in public relations.

4. Robert Dempsey

One of my favourite marketing blogs, because like Jayme above there are no punches pulled, Robert Dempsey’s blog is one of those blogs that has you hooked once you read a post. Knowledgeable; genuine; fearless – if you want a great marketing blog that really tells it like it is, Robert Dempsey is your guy.

5. Stuart Mills

There are many blogs that write about life and how to remain positive when the shit hits the fan. Many come across as false, though, and just out for eyeballs. Stuart’s Unlock The Door blog isn’t one of them. A tremendous blog that shines with humanity and real emotion, this is one of the best blogs out there to show you how to really live life, personally and professionally.

6. Bill Dorman

The self-penned “Invisible Blogger” because no-one used to read his blog (man, how that’s changed!), Bill Dorman is another blogger who effortlessly seems to bridge the gap between business, life, human emotions and storytelling. That’s not an easy trick to pull off – but Bill does it with ease. Read his blog and you’ll see how for yourself.

7. Ken Mueller

Ken Mueller is simply awesome – that’s all you need to know. More? Okay – Ken’s blog is one of the very best at providing solid business and social media views with humour and deprecation. This is a guy that’s not afraid to get the lady clothes on for a video to prove a point – and that’s just one of many reasons why you should read his blog. ‘Nuff said.

8. Samantha Collier

A fellow Canadian, Samantha Collier writes about social media for law firms on her blog. In an industry that has to be extra-careful at what can and can’t be said online, Samantha’s blog is a great educational resource, as well as a helping hand for law practitioners when it comes to the social media space. A great read.

9. Howie Goldfarb

I’m not quite sure whether Howie is an alien or human being, or something in-between. One thing I’m certain of, though, is that he’s one of the most-informed people I know when it comes to talking about advertising and social media, amongst other things. While his blog needs a visual makeover (my eyes, Howie!!!), it’s no slouch when it comes to solid information and overviews. Read it and learn.

10. Brankica Underwood

One of my perennial favourite bloggers, Brankica writes about Internet marketing, SEO, blogging and more over at Live Your Love. Her voice is one of the most vociferous out there when sharing opinion (and that’s a great thing to have), and she also continuously recommends awesome products for anyone looking to create a business online. Required reading.

11. Marya

I found Marya’s blog completely by accident. She suggested a guest post for For Bloggers By Bloggers and I checked out her stuff, and was blown away by the quality of educational content. Much like Judy that started this list, Marya writes excellent blogging and writing tips, and has a great community of commentators over at her Writing Happiness blog.

12. Dan Perez

I always give Dan stick for being a miserable sod – but deep down (okay, on the surface too!) he’s one of the most genuine guys you’ll meet. Dan writes about a lot of topics – social media, people, business, non-profit and more – as well as makes great videos to share them. But despite the multi-topic approach, Dan Perez’s blog is one of the most cohesive and educational/inspiring ones around.

So there you have it – 12 bloggers that you really should add to your reading list in 2012, if you’re not already reading them. Like I say, each one offers something unique to them, and makes blog reading and commenting a delightful lesson.

I hope you check them out – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with any of them. Oh, and if you’re looking for more blogging tips and advice, there’s always our little site over at For Bloggers By Bloggers, too…

Happy New Year, all!

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476 comments
Shona Easton
Shona Easton

Fantastic list, thank you. I have been looking for some new interesting blogs to read and these are all new to me. You've saved me a lot of time!

ValerieDeveza
ValerieDeveza

Wonderful list!  I’ll definitely check them out and hopefully learn more in the process.  I truly like this kind of posts as it opens up the possibility for more great resources.

damien579
damien579

Hey Danny,

Dude you have a really well thought out and brilliant blog, thanks for all the excellent info you post, very appreciated, Cheers

Damien

JackiePurnell
JackiePurnell

Hey Danny

 

Just swung by here via your comment on  @CraigMcBreen latest post.   Looking forward to checking out those unfamiliar names.   There's so much talent out there that would go unrecognised, if not for the generosity of people like yourself. 

AnferneeC
AnferneeC

Hello from Sydney, Australia, Danny! Just came upon your blog through Hubspot's Top 100 and now I've found this list. As others have noted it's refreshing to see a list of recommendations that aren't the usual social media "celebrities". Looking forward to checking them out as well as exploring more of your content. 

chellelandia
chellelandia

Thank you for this post! I'm new to Wordpress and I've been hunting down blogs that I'd like to follow. I just followed some of the ones you mentioned here. 

John at MarriedWithDebt
John at MarriedWithDebt

Just came across your site through a comment on the Sales Lion. Now I'm headed to check out some of these people. Don't worry, I'll be back!

Rhonda Hurwitz
Rhonda Hurwitz

OK -- will meet your 12 blogger list and raise you a followup blogpost:)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Chris D Mitchell Hey there Chris, thanks for that, sir, really kind of you and very much appreciated.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Rhonda Hurwitz You're volunteering, though, right? ;-)

Rhonda Hurwitz
Rhonda Hurwitz

still waiting for the blog post on how to keep up with reading all the great blogs you just added to your reader:)

Chris D Mitchell
Chris D Mitchell

Thanks, Danny! You made last year more rewarding with your posts and interactions. You keep it real and sincere.

Sire
Sire

Out of the twelve the only one I'm familiar with is Brankica and I have to admit she deserves to be one as she is a formidable blogger.

As for the rest, well I don't have the time to check them all now but I will pick one from the bunch, other than Brankica, to see what he/she has to offer.

Sergio Felix
Sergio Felix

Hey Danny,

Really cool people in here, I'm happy that I know at least three persons from this list so I think I'm going to check the rest of the list.

Thanks for featuring them and recommending them as well.

Sergio

PS. Kudos on you for improving your site's looks each time I come here. I think the comment form ROCKS man!

Glen Woodfin
Glen Woodfin

Danny, this is my first time on your blog. Your content bares your fingerprints. Your content is completely unique. You clearly march to the beat of a different drummer. I'm exhausted with content parroting.

To my surprise, I had never heard of even one of the 12 bloggers you showcased. That's what happens when you're authentic.

Keep blazing your own trail.

Stella
Stella

I really like all the blogs. Especially the blog from Craig McBreen.

Ricardo Bueno
Ricardo Bueno

The majority of these are new to me. It's refreshing to see some recommendations outside of the regular one's we often see recommended in social media circle's.

Mike Budd
Mike Budd

Hola Danny,

Your list will probably cost me one hour sleep :-)

Thanks for this post - and all the others: I found your blog recently, same feeling as when you discover a great TV serie with a set of DVDs: you don't have to wait one week for the next episode ;-)

Cheers,
Mike

Ana @ Increase Web Traffic
Ana @ Increase Web Traffic

A couple of familiar names, Danny, but quite a few to check out as well. Thanks for the resource!

Deeone
Deeone

Hey Danny,

Great blog! This is my very first visit here. However, I really like what you have going. I also am not really familiar with any of the names on this list except for Craig, Bill, and Brankica; and I've only had the opportunity of visiting Brankica's site. I would definitely agree that she is dynamite!

From your high praises, I think it's time to visit the other's as well as the rest. I read were many have written that we should stick to our niches, but I simply like to pay a visit every now and then to the other niches throughout the blogosphere, as well.

What's your thoughts on that "rule"? Do you think it's more beneficial to stick to what we know?

I only ask because in my learning the industry, (and I'm only a year into it come next month) I've come to believe that I've learned just as much venturing out. And also, I've met some awesome people in the industry as well in doing so.

Anywho, I do enjoy what I've read thus far, and hope it's cool to come back.

Wishing you all the best in 2012... Cheers! :)

Jonathon
Jonathon

Excellent list. I wasn't familiar with any of those names but then again I only discovered For Bloggers By Bloggers a few days ago. Now I have some more to visit to hasten my online learning curve.

James Debono
James Debono

Hi Danny,
I originally found this post while on business2community.
I have only ever visited one of the listed blogs before. I will check out a few more on your reccomendation.
Regards,
James

Miss Dimplez
Miss Dimplez

John Gotty & The Smoking Section (SmokingSection.net) should have made the list. There is no other constant stream of journalistic and lifestyle original writing and constant than that site. Gotty does a lot.

Shakirah Dawud
Shakirah Dawud

I have to say, there's one thing in common on all these blogs: they all have a distinct personal voice. Are you sure you're not being biased toward humans?

Anyway, thanks for the introduction to Judy, Samantha, Marya, and Dan. And the reminder to keep up with Robert and Stuart better this year.

Jayme Soulati
Jayme Soulati

Here I am! To acknowledge you and your incredible gift! Thank you! I was milking this thing called "holiday" to the last minute and refusing to connect.

Such a lovely honor, Mr. Brown. You RockHot. ThatIsAll. I thank you with tremendous gratitude.

Happy New Year to you and your community!

LavaLand
LavaLand

Good list there. I definitely need some new names to follow because some of my old list is getting boring to read :)

Dean Saliba
Dean Saliba

This ties in nicely with my goal to follow more decent bloggers in 2012. The only person on that list I had heard of was Judy Dunn.

faissal alhaithami
faissal alhaithami

I actually have to agree with you about Brankica Underwood, she is an amazing blogger and she always share great stuff on her blog.

Thanks Danny for sharing.

Craig McBreen
Craig McBreen

Danny,

Man! What a way to start the year!

This was a very pleasant surprise, but I had to do a double take. I was wondering if there was another Craig McBreen blogging out there ;) Especially considering the stars on this list.

I must be doing something right, because I already have most of these fine people in my reader. So I guess I'm reading the right blogs, although I now have to add Judy, Samantha, Marya and Dan.

I am honored to be included and really do appreciate this gesture. So very cool of you especially to someone like me, who has only been doing this for about four months.

I know I've told you this, but I'm very glad I discovered your blog early on and do consider you a mentor … but now, the big dog gives me a shout out and it makes my day. You're help and advice along the way has helped this rook immensely. Okay, that's enough bootlicking ;) Thanks again.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @AnferneeC Hey there mate,

 

Great to have you over here, sir - spent many a great evening in Sydney when I backpacked NSW a few years back, awesome city and people.

 

Good to see that little Hubspot badge pay off - looking forward to chatting more with you in the future! :)

Danny
Danny

Then my work here is done. :)

That's definitely the goal, mate. Like you say, we hear the same names all of the time - and there are a ton of equally talented (if not more so) bloggers around.

Cheers, sir, hope you enjoy!

Danny
Danny

Hey there Mike,

Hopefully that hour will put lots of cool ideas in your head, mate - I know the bloggers involved do that constantly to me. :)

Cheers, sir!

Danny
Danny

Hi there Deeone,

First, thanks for being here, really appreciate it, and there's always an open door for you. :)

It's funny, I was chatting with a friend about your very question on Skype last night, as he has a blog that covers numerous topics.

While there's definitely a bonus to concentrating on a niche - really lock in your view and expertise to establish yourself in that niche - I'm not 100% sold on that being the golden rule.

The friend in question has awesome content across all his topics, and he never gets less than 100 retweets of every post, so he's clearly being accepted for the multi-topic approach.

Additionally, there's always the added advantage of finding out what really drives you from a passion point of view when you have multiple topics. This can then steer you in a direction you would have missed, had you just concentrated on one niche or topic.

So, for me, if you're passionate about what you write/discuss, and that comes across to your readers, it doesn't necessarily matter how many topics you write about - there will always be something for everyone.

Hope that helps, and thanks again for being here!

Danny
Danny

Hey there Jonathon,

Cheers, mate (twice too, for the FBBB find!). Hopefully the descriptions help point you toward the blogs that might be best suited for your needs.

Thanks again!

Danny
Danny

Hi James,

Cheers for dropping by this way too, appreciated, and hope you found some new reads into the bargain. :)

Danny
Danny

Hi Shakirah,

Oh, for sure I'm biased. I'm a firm believer that human stories succeed over all else, so any time I can share real people, I'm there. ;-)

Danny
Danny

What? You took more time off than anyone else? I'm going to have to re-evaluate this post, I can see... ;-)

Danny
Danny

I hear you on that. I culled over 60 blogs from my RSS over the holiday period, as they were just churning out the same old stuff. Here's to new reads!

Danny
Danny

Glad to hear it was useful, Dean, and hopefully you find some of the blogs sticky.

Danny
Danny

Agreed, mate - the sign of a great blogger is that the content is consistently awesome, and Bran definitely has that in place. :)

Danny
Danny

Hey there mate,

You're more than welcome. As I mentioned to Frank above, I've really enjoyed seeing you take off the way you have, and that certainly bodes well for the next 12 months and beyond.

Here's to continued growth, and looking forward to seeing you nail your copy like you have been doing. :)

Deeone
Deeone

Hey thanks a lot for the helpful tips, Danny!

They will certainly come in handy, my friend. :)

BTW, I also love the design out your site... the footer is incredibly creative.

Whether I add more variety to my content or not, I will definitely be returning back here to see what goodies you've presented.

It's a pleasure to meet you.

Have a great rest of the week!

Cheers! :)

Jayme Soulati
Jayme Soulati

Oh, pshaw....LOL.

OMG. Your site asked me to write more words b/c I hadn't written enough to comment. Hilfreakinglarious. Is that enough WordPress?

Danny
Danny

Haha, I have a very smart site. #thatisall. ;-)

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