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Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggersby Michael A. Banks
Synopses & Reviews
They've gained a loyal following that continues to grow. They write about everything from business trends and the inner workings at Microsoft to parenting tips, personal secrets, and prolonging the life of your vehicle. They're passionate about their subjects and about the free expression of blogging. And they're even more passionate about being passionate.
They are thirty of the nation's most successful bloggers, and their stories and secrets—in their own words—fill these pages.
Technorati lists well over 102 million blogs, yet in such a sea of content, these bloggers stand out. Their voices are heard, their words are read, and their messages have an impact. In this fascinating and intimate look at the blogosphere, these influential and innovative individuals tell you what it takes to achieve blogging success.
If you've even thought about starting a blog, you can't afford to miss this wisdom.
Among more than 102,000,000 blogs, a few stand out as influential, ground-breaking, and singularly successful. These thirty bloggers, who write about everything from business trends to parenting, have been featured in Wired magazine, Popular Science, and on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and 20/20. In one-on-one conversations with Michael A. Banks, these innovative, creative thinkers have shared their tactics, their philosophies, what drives them, how they mine for subject matter, and their personal secrets for success. Come and learn from the masters.
"One of the true beauties and powers of blogs is that they can give voice to people who are not heard."
—Frank Warren, PostSecret
"Don't write anything in a blog that you wouldn't say to someone face to face."
—Scott McNulty, The Unofficial Apple Weblog
"For me, the future of journalism is blogging."
—Mary Jo Foley, All About Microsoft
"I do my best thinking via my blogs."
—Chris Anderson, The Long Tail
"When I look out at the blogosphere, I don't see lots of inconsequential blogs. I see lots of possibility."
—Gina Trapani, Lifehacker
why do they blog?
It's addictive. It consumes an incredible amount of time, energy, and effort. It is their passion. And these bloggers wouldn't have it any other way.
Among more than 102,000,000 blogs, a few stand out as influential, ground-breaking, and singularly successful. These thirty bloggers have been featured in Wired magazine, Popular Science, and on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and 20/20. In one-on-one conversations with Michael A. Banks, these innovative, creative thinkers have shared their tactics, their philosophies, what drives them, how they mine for subject matter, and their personal secrets for success. Come and learn from the masters.
About the Author
Michael A. Banks has written more than forty books, including the bestseller Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed the Nation. Online since 1979, he wrote some of the first hands-on guides introducing people to the online world and such services as CompuServe, AOL, and Prodigy, as well as the pre-Web Internet. He has also chronicled online activities for Windows magazine, Computer Shopper, PCMagazine, PC World, BYTE, and other publications.
An enthusiastic blogger, Banks has participated in online communities for more than a quarter-century. He sees blogging as the cottage industry of the 21st century, and foresees a variety of new Internet-based business categories changing the shape of business over the next decade.
Table of Contents
1 Dave Taylor: The Intuitive Life Business Blog.
2 Chris Anderson: The Long Tail.
3 Gina Trapani: Lifehacker.
4 Ina Steiner: AuctionBytes.
5 Mary Jo Foley: All about Microsoft.
6 David Rothman: TeleRead.
7 Frank Warren: PostSecret.
8 Mike Masnick: Techdirt.
9 Mark Frauenfelder: BoingBoing.net.
10 Robert Scoble: Scobleizer.
11 Peter Rojas: Engadget.
12 John Neff: Autoblog.
13 Ken Fisher: Ars Technica.
14 Deborah Petersen: Life in the Fast Lane.
15 Joel Comm: JoelComm.com.
16 Brian Lam: Gizmodo.
17 Kristin Darguzas: ParentDish.
18 Chris Grant: Joystiq.
19 Scott McNulty: The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
20 Philipp Lenssen: Google Blogoscoped.
21 Brad Hill: Weblogs, Inc.
22 Steve Rubel: Micro Persuasion.
23 Rebecca Lieb: ClickZ.
24 Deidre Woollard: Luxist.
25 Gary Lee: An Internet Marketing Web Site.
26 Richard MacManus: Read/WriteWeb.
27 Eric T.: Internet Duct Tape.
28 Victor Agreda, Jr.: DIY Life.
29 Steve Garfield: Steve Garfield’s Video Blog.
30 Grant Robertson: Download Squad.
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