What secrets do 40 top bloggers share?

BlogBlazersBook That was the premise behind Stephane Grenier's book, Blog Blazers.  Grenier created a list of questions ranging from what makes a blog successful to you all the way to what are the most common pitfalls new bloggers fall into and several in between.

Each blogger's chapter ranges about 4-5 pages, depending on how verbose they were.  I asked Stephane what his criteria was for the top 40 and his response was "I first tried to vary it as much as possible, but obviously some types of bloggers are more common than others. That and I had certain minimum criterias I wanted everyone to meet. Than I also had to coordinate with who was interested and who had the time. It was a pretty big job."

After reading the book, I was left with a few impressions.

  • Seth Godin is a master at dodging questions when he doesn't want to be pinned down or doesn't believe in the core of the question.
  • There's no magic or even consistent answer to any of the questions — which reminds us that blogging, even business blogging, is about being genuinely you.  There's no one size fits all answers.  You need to blog from your organization's heart.
  • Everyone seems to agree that ProBlogger is where newbies should start learning about blogging.

Beyond that…the answers are very interesting to read but if you are looking for clear-cut direction, you won't find it.  Lots of opinions but no definitive answers.

Probably as it should be.  One blogger's must is another's never!

If nothing else, you'll get a good insight into some very successful bloggers and find a new read or two.

  1. Aaron Wall – SEO Book
  2. Abdylas Tynyshov – AdesBlog.com
  3. Al Carlton – Coolest-Gadgets.com
  4. Alex Papadimoulis – The Daily WTF
  5. Andy Brice – Successful Software
  6. Anita Campbell – Small Business Trends
  7. Asha Dornfesh – Parent Hacks
  8. Ben Casnocha – My Startup Life
  9. Benjamin Yoskovitz – Instigator Blog
  10. Bob Walsh – 47 Hats
  11. Dan Lyons – The Secret Diaries of Steve Jobs
  12. Dane Carlson – Business Opportunities Weblog
  13. David Armano – Logic + Emotion
  14. David Seah – David Seah
  15. Derek Semmler – Derek Semmler
  16. Dharmesh Shaw – On Startups: A Community for Entrepreneurs
  17. Eric Sink – Erik.Weblog()
  18. Ian Landsman – UserScape
  19. James & Alex – Google SightSeeing
  20. J.D. Roth – Get Rich Slowly
  21. Jeff Atwood – Coding Horror
  22. Jeff Clavier – Jeff Clavier’s Software Only
  23. Jennette Fulda – Half of Me
  24. Jennifer Perry – 101 Reasons I Hate Being Fat
  25. Jessamyn West – Librarian.net
  26. Joel Cheesman – Cheezhead
  27. Jonathan Snook – Snook.ca
  28. Manolo Blahnik – Manolo’s Shoe Blog
  29. Neil Patel – Quick Sprout
  30. Pamela Slim – Escape from Cubicle Nation
  31. Patrick McKenzie – MicroISV on a Showstring
  32. Penelope Trunk – Brazen Careerist
  33. Ramit Sethi – I Will Teach You To Be Rich
  34. Rob Walling – Software By Rob
  35. Rohin Bhargava – Influential Marketing Blog
  36. Seth Godin – Seth Godin
  37. Stephane Grenier – Follow Steph
  38. Steve Rubel – Micro Persuasion
  39. Trent Hamm – The Simple Dollar
  40. Yaro Starak – Entrepreneur’s Journey
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