That is certainly the intention…
There are multiple subjects I discuss that could potentially benefit my readers, and lots of them I potentially have some kind of future commercial interest in, whether it be blogging topics such as WordPress and tagging, monetization, reviews and affiliate programs, SEO, and the latest and greatest Web 2.0 applications for building traffic to your blogs, or ways to find other blogs in your niche with whom you can build relationships.
- I am not a tech blogger
- I am not a programming geek
- I am not a corporate marketing professional or copywriter
- I am not a super affiliate
- I am not a SEO or SEM consultant
- I don’t yet own my own Web 2.0 startup, just a bunch of niche websites
I am some weird mixed up combination of things with a jack-of-all-trades skillset, or pseudo-skillset. I say pseudo because some of the things I discuss are hard or time-consuming to give hard clinical proof for. If someone wants to give me a huge research grant to study the benefit of tagging, I will be more than happy to take their money.
Having such a wide pseudo-skillset does help me analyse things from different perspectives, look at products and services from a birds eye view then swoop in to pin-point positive and negative features.
Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. I thought it would be appropriate to include them with the meme.
The participation rules are simple:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote
One of the reasons I decided to take part in this meme isn’t that RT had nice things to say about me, but because he decided to take some action based on what I discuss.
That is one of the things that make it worthwhile writing a blog.
Even better is that he didn’t just make changes, he stated he was going to test things. It is smart to test things for yourself.
So here is my list of blogs that make me think in no specific order, and this is by no means an exclusive list as I would love to include 20+ blogs where I participate regularly:-
- Ben over at Instigator Blog has some amazing content, and almost every post I read conjures up ideas for various aspects of my online business.(feed)
- Paula because she is so down-to-earth and enthusiastic on her blog, and enthusiastic for affiliate marketing. Reading Paula’s blog really helps me touch bases with a lot of what is happening in the world outside of business circles, and it is fascinating how it evolves.(feed)
- Mike Sansone because he is a genius in crafting networking ideas between bloggers, and is enthusiastic about linking and sharing.(feed)
- Paul because he challenges me to rethink so often and to justify my views or actions.(feed)
- Finally… Robert Scoble – I don’t always agree with him, and he certainly doesn’t always agree with me, but he always makes me think. Also because he links through to people not because he agrees with them, but because they also make him think, or his readers think. (feed)
It should be noted that this meme isn’t intended to game search engine for everyone involved, and Ilker even suggests linking the badge through to your own post, and not to him as a way of highlighting those who make you think.
p.s One of these days Robert is going to allow someone to fix his sidebar to be more useful for his readers, and not link to multiple variations of the same thing.
Update: – Lorelle Just Nominated Me For This Award
I am humbled and honoured to have been nominated twice and by people I have such a great deal of respect for.
I have also been tagged by Engtech, who stresses that just because someone makes you think, doesn’t mean that they agree with everything you write.
Stung by Cord on this one – he doesn’t agree with my perspective on Pay Per Post which is fine. Read what I have mentioned in his comments because the Pay Per Post situation in many ways is deja vu for me.
Chris nominated me for this, making that 5, in a post all of its own. He describes my blog as essential reading, and essential thinking.