Follow Friday: Back in the Swing Edition

When overdo for a blog post – evil twins Procrastination and Distraction to blame for my slackery – what better way to get back into the swing that with a simple Follow Friday. Except it’s me and nothing’s ever simple.

It’s About You

If I’m making recommendations for tweeters – now an official word I believe – to follow and bloggers to read, they can’t just people I like – they have to have something to offer you too. FWIW: - Insert irreverent tweet here.

Deborah Brody. Been a great tweet buddy, can’t believe I hadn’t listed her before now and am guilty of not reading her caffeinated musings on marketing communications more often. Subscription, updated.

Neal Schaffer. When speaking of must reads, the Windmill Networking blog is about as close as it gets (network alums like Judy Gombita know that’s high praise from me.)

Deservedly on many a reading list, Neal’s blog is everything from Google+ to LinkedIn, B2B Branding and Public Relations and much more from a wicked smart network of bloggers who understand what it takes for a small business to succeed.

** ETA: Windmill Networking has moved to Maximize Social Business. Congrats all. 

Karen Swim. She blogs at Words for Hire, but I know Karen mostly from the Solo PR Twitter chat. Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. I’m struck by how knowledgable about PR and the business of communications she is – I learn something from her all the time.

They offer smart advice on Communications and Business, on PR and Social and Marketing and so much more. If you’re wanting to know more about communications, how effective communications means good business – these three are as good as they come.

If anyone’s new to you, let me know. Or if you’re already acquainted, tell me why you follow my picks this week.

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10 thoughts on “Follow Friday: Back in the Swing Edition

    1. I miss things all the time Karen – shoulda made a better point of tweeting this, letting people (and you) know; that’s the whole point of the FF isn’t it. Sorry your sites were hacked, I’m sure that made you crazy busy, on top of normal busy which we all know is .. crazy. 😉 Look forward to seeing you around the webs as I get back in the swing of things.

  1. Hi Davina!

    First of all, a sincere thanks for your kind words and even more sincere apologies for never finding out about this blog post! Judy Gombita kindly told me about it which is how I found out (truth be told Judy told me sometime ago, but that move to Maximize Social Business + finishing proofreading of my new book Maximize Your Social + being in Japan for three weeks means that I’m still playing catch up on emails ;-( ).

    I’m honored that you have been enjoying the content on Maximize Social Business. I have spent the last 1 1/2 years building up a site full of bloggers who I respect for their content and feel that they should have wider recognition than they do – which includes myself. Perhaps you could call us “The Underdogs of Social Media,” but we are serious about our blog content and most importantly I stand behind each and every blogger as being a true expert in their field. We might not be the most popular in social media, but then again, we would rather help businesses with their social media than win a popularity contest 😉

    Thanks as always for your support Davina!
    Neal Schaffer recently posted..Google Plus New +1 Recommendations: What They Are and How to Use Them

    1. Understand the busy schedule Neal – and I’m nowhere as busy as you! Windmill was a great network, happy to follow you over to Maximize where I’m sure I’ll keep right on learning.

    1. It’s very original Judy, and often very detailed, informative content. It’s one I always skim w/ intention of coming back for closer read. Thanks.

      1. As long as the “intention” is followed through, I guess that’s a good thing. 🙂

        Interestingly, last Friday I had a phone conversation (almost 2.5 hours!!!) with Kelly Hungerford, community, communication and content manager for (I featured her in my Making Honest B2B Endorsements through Social Media, Part II guest post on CommPRObiz), and Kelly told me she “treats” herself to reading one of my columns, but scheduling time and shutting down all distractions.

        I had a similar response from other people regarding the recent Reputation Byte: the need to sit down and read, absorb and think.

        I’m definitely not your typical public relations practitioner in social media. Not the least because I don’t believe in a lot of the stereotypes about PR (simply media relations–now including bloggers–, focused on marketing PR objectives, campaign-based, ROI is shown via the sales funnel role, yada yada yada).

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