Blog Roll, Please…6 Blogs Worth Reading Regularly

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Most bloggers I know put community at the heart of what they do—building a community, promoting a community, sharing with a community. All you need to do to realize this is to hang out in #blogchat on Twitter some Sunday night (9pm ET). People there are extremely willing to share tips & stories and welcome new attendees. It’s where I soaked up advice before I started blogging a couple years ago.

In this spirit of sharing and community, I’d like to share with you some blogs that I think you’ll really love.

Community Blogs

I Love Skippack by Michael Shaw

If you live in the Philly area or want to blog about your community, I strongly suggest you follow the I Love Skippack blog. Mike talks about the businesses and people of Skippack with genuine love and respect, without blowing smoke up our butts. He promotes this town better than any marketing agency could.

A funny personal note—Mike and I used to work together at Aetna, but I have to say we didn’t really get to know each other until we both left. Social media and blogging have made us friends. And that’s a cool thing.

The Ambler Rambler…Your MontcoREsource by Allison Wolf

I met Allison through Twitter. What caught my eye was how much and how well she promoted Ambler, PA—a town close to home. The Ambler Rambler is her blog. Like Mike Shaw, Allison gives us a terrific example of how to promote a community you truly love.

She is a real estate professional who understands social media and how to connect very well. Other real estate pros should follow her lead to see how to build a following without blatant self-promotion.

Marketing, Brand & Advertising Bloggers

Steve Olenski

Steve has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, and it shows. He really knows his stuff and he presents it in an engaging and often funny way in The Steve O-Zone blog. You might have heard of Steve because he writes for Forbes, Advertising Age, Business Insider and more. Plus, he was named one of the Top 100 Influencers In Social Media by Social Technology Review.

Danny Brown

Danny is one of the first people I followed when I jumped into Twitter and social media years ago. He is a man whose actions can teach you much about being community minded. He’s generous with his advice and words, and his posts are always intelligent and engaging. I love how honest he is and that he’s not afraid to challenge people who aren’t being so honest or are letting their ego get the best of them. I think the Danny Brown blog was the first one I subscribed to, and I still read it today. I recommend you do too.

Ben Grossman

I just found Ben Grossman’s blog through a post on Twitter. His two-part story on Responsive Advertising in and Economy of Relevance sold me. And his Texts from Hillary post was a great look at our Secretary of State understanding social media better than most corporate execs or government bigwigs.

His experience is in digital marketing and advertising, and it shows. He has a knack for writing about this industry, and I will surely go back to read more.

Liam Dempsey

Liam is a friend of mine whom I met through local Meetup groups. His blog posts are usually short and practical—to the point. He writes about blogging, social networking and all things communication. While you’re on his site, check out the link to his other blog, Chicken, Monkey, Dog for a bit of fun.

There are a ton of other blogs out there I can recommend. I just didn’t want to bombard you with them all at once. Feel free to leave more suggestions in the comments below, and if you like the stuff I write, you might want to check out the Philly Marketing Labs blog. I contribute there as well.

Thanks and happy reading!!



  1. Michael Shaw · May 23, 2012

    Coreen: I just saw this. Thank you, thank you and thank you. While of course it feels great to be praised, your writing here is clear, concise and helps me understand blogs about marketing and social media. We will have to do a joint blog post or perhaps you will consider writing a guest blog post for I Love Skippack.

    It is interesting that we have connected so well since we left Aetna, even though we used to see each other fairly often at the office and now have not seen one another for some time. For some reason, I think writing opens up doors of communication that sometimes are shut by the banality of day-day-day contact in a setting like an office. Writing allows us to gracefully reveal our intellects and our souls. Suddenly we see new qualties in an individual we failed to notice before or took granted. This type of communication is the gold of social media.

    • ctmarcom · May 23, 2012

      Thanks, Mike. And yes, how about when we meet up in June we can talk about writing together or guest posting? I do think that our blog writing and social media efforts have allowed us to see different sides of each other that were not apparent in the office. And, most times we saw each other were in meetings, which is not the ideal place to get to know someone. 🙂

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  3. Liam Dempsey · May 30, 2012

    Hi Coreen,

    I was flattered when I saw that you named me as a blogger worth reading. Then I read a good many of the posts on the blogs of the other authors that you selected. Wow! I am very honored to be placed among such a crowd. That a writer of your skill and experience extends praise to me, then I know I must be doing something right.

    • ctmarcom · May 30, 2012

      Or I just felt pity for you…NO! Just kidding! Liam, I love the way you can sum up important points so concisely. You don’t waste words and you don’t waste the readers’ time. Plus, you get extra credit for the fun Chicken Monkey Dog blog. I don’t subscribe to many blogs, but yours is one of them and for good reason. And, yes, as you can see, I don’t mess around. I think these bloggers are all terrific. I’m glad you do too.

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