November 26, 2005

recommended reading


I'm in Stockholm, teaching a crash course in blogging to some students.

Rather than just rattling off a laundry list of what to do, instead I'm going to give you a list of bloggers who I rate highly. Read them reguarly, and after a while you should discover why what they do works so well.

1. Jeff Jarvis. A former journalist, Jeff is best known for his commentaries on the changing face of the media business. Very little happens in this space that Jeff doesn't notice, sooner than most.

2. Robert Scoble. The chief blogger at Microsoft. He also co-authored an excellent book on corporate blogging with Shel Israel, called "Naked Conversations". What's most interesting about him is the affect his blog has on the internal Microsoft culture, versus the "external conversation". This has all to do with what I call "The Porous Membrane".

3. Doc Searls. A great visionary. Co-authored "The Cluetrain Manifesto", the seminal book on how the internet will affect markets, and humanity in general.

4. Seth Godin. Probably the most distinctive voice on marketing in the blogosphere.

5. Loic Le Meur. French entrepreneur and European head of Six Apart, the blog software company.

6. Fred Wilson. New York venture capitalist. Writes engagingly about this most mystified of businesses.

7. Jason Calacanis. He just sold his blogging company, WeblogsInc to AOL for a small fortune. Fast-talking an highly opinionated, the one thing you can't call him is "boring".

8. Tom Coates. Probably the most respected blogger in the U.K., and rightfully so.

9. English Cut. The blog of my business partner, Thomas Mahon. Thomas is arguably one of the top dozen tailors in the world, and works on Savile Row. Last January I convinced him to start a blog, which totally transformed his business within only a few months. He's my best case study for creating what I call the "Global Microbrand".

10. Manolo the Shoe Blogger. Manolo Loves the Shoes!

11. Technorati. This is a website that tracks "conversations" in the blogosphere. If you have a blog, I'd make sure you're signed up with them.

12. What software to use: This blog is powered by Movable Type. I like it. Other software that I rate highly is Typepad and Wordpress.

13. [Bonus Link:] Robert Scoble's blogroll. Yes, he reads a lot of them.

[AND IN OTHER NEWS:] Looks like one of my wee cartoons just made Page Two of the New York Times Business Section. Rock on, Budget Rent-A-Car and B.L. Ochman.

Posted by hugh macleod at November 26, 2005 10:13 AM | TrackBack

Thanks Hugh, funny you are in Stockholm, I was there last week. Now I have more pressure to blog more in english, I have been blogging much more in French recently, as I get so many comments on my french blog...

Posted by: Loic at November 26, 2005 4:29 PM

Saw your cartoon in the NYT.
Tried to explain to my wife why I was smiling.
Very cool.
Keep it up, dude!

Posted by: jim nellis at November 26, 2005 7:26 PM

"6. Fred Wilson. New York venture capitalist. Writes engagingly about this most mystified of businesses." I'm not sure whether "mystified" is a typo or "mystifying" or a comment on the VC business. Of course, it could be both...

Posted by: Andrew at November 27, 2005 4:47 AM

no women?

Posted by: m at November 27, 2005 3:47 PM

Stockholm. I am sure it is not true, though I couldn't categorically prove it, that the Vassa is the most interesting thing there.
Actually, that is unfair - the museum of modern art is fantastic and the food good too. Cold, chic and stylish Scandanavian design was in short supply tho' - where did we go wrong? I suspect money was at the root of our problems i.e. we weren't spending enough of it......
Anyhoo, what I meant to say was, are you showing signs of boredom with the blogging bit or am I reading too much into recent posts / cartoons / timings of posts? I hope you aren't as you're blog (I still hate the word, tho' not as much as "podcast") has been an inspiration.

Posted by: Patrick Dodds at November 27, 2005 9:42 PM

Tsk! V. disappointed at the lack of women... Are we really so bad??

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Posted by: kelly at November 30, 2005 9:56 PM