What’s my philosophy on blogging? Well, since you’ve asked, I read bloggers who deliver the goods. I read bloggers who provide very detailed knowledge on one subject, can toggle to an alternate subject for variety, and are very good writers. I get excited when my RSS reader signals a new entry from a short set of writers.
We all love great design, and you can Wiki or churn info from just about anywhere, but really skilled writing stands and delivers. Many bloggers and sites can have excellent SEO, but when I arrive and find dull, dated or jargon-filled content, I exit fast.
My three favorite stops at the moment:
Live Laugh Learn Lead – Marcia Conner speaks passionately on two topics – social media and education (informal and experimental learning). I learn something new each time I visit her site, and I also regret that I have not attended Foldschool. Great Tweets, as well – chock-full of ideas.
Iowahawk – Funnier than corn. Dave Burge has the ability to span politics and love of hot rods. Great ear for dialogue and slang tuned in Iowa – go figger. Plus, I’m a charter member of Operation Magneto having contributed a Toledo Mud Hens magnet to a PSYOP unit Humvee that is chillin’ as the ‘wildest whip in Baghdad.’
Michael Yon – Meet my No. 1 pick in the beat writer fantasy league draft. Michael Yon is a military reporter known for tough embeds, dangerous subjects and an unexpectedly light touch with people swimming in stress. He lets stories lengthen and unfold, and shoots solid photography to boot. With no embedded team of editors to layer extra opinion, Yon will leave spare photo captions and give your eyes room to decide.
What are your top three?