Every community has its leaders. Some have authority through their appointed positions while others have people volunteering to follow their lead.
Today I wanted to share some of the leaders I follow and consider my online mentors. I strongly recommend you follow them too regardless of whether they are in your industry or not as you will pick up fantastic ideas, lessons and inspirations.
Michelle’s tagline says it all. “Websites. Blogging. Marketing. Simplified.” And she doesn’t break her promise. I adore Michelle’s posts because they break down complex ideas and are to the point. No random waffle.
Michelle is also behind the Ultimate Blogging Challenge that sees bloggers from all over the world blog every day for a month, each quarter. I recently participated and while I didn’t achieve the challenge goal, I came away with new friends, inspirations and so much more. You can follow the Ultimate Blogging Challenge on Twitter using #blogboost. The next challenge will be April 2012.
Known as America’s greatest marketer and the best selling author of thirteen marketing books, Seth sure has a lot to teach us. His blog is the most read, single author blog in the world while his website squidoo.com ranks 125th for website traffic in the US.
Seth’s blog posts are generally short (by so-called expert standards) but chockful of wisdom. He can take a complex issue and break it down to one simple sentence. If you want to improve your marketing, you can’t afford not to subscribe.
Not for the faint hearted, Mars is determined to get you crafting your own charging brand and dominating your digital destiny. He loves to make a rukus and does it using the most awesome cartoons.
Mars has taught me the importance of brilliant images and emotive words in marketing. He has made a BIG splash in the online world in a short time and will definitely make waves in 2012.
Victoria is a 20-something life lover who has recently given up her day job to focus on her blog Vmac+Cheese full time. Having started blogging in 2008 as a creative outlet, Victoria is proof that hardwork, passion and flair will lead you to success.
To create her amazing posts Victoria uses Adobe Photoshop Elements. She says “It’s an infinitely helpful tool if you’re interested in creating photo and text graphics for your website, and also want to perform photo correction.” Definitely worth checking out.
It doesn’t matter what you love or what business you are in Vmac+Cheese will leave you inspired and wanting more from life.
Wow, Tara is one special lady. Owner of the Tara Gentile and Scoutie Girl brands she says:
“I am on a quest to redefine commerce as the creation & distribution of meaning, relationship, and experience. And I am more-than-okay making money doing it.
Business should reflect what we value in life. What we treasure and hold most dear. I am challenging the assumptions we hold around work/life balance, the starving artist mythos, and true personal success to create a new paradigm for the 21st century & beyond.”
Admittedly I find some of posts on TaraGentile.com a bit heavy going at times. They aren’t the type of posts that you can’t read in a rush. You need to sit with them a while but they do contain very valuable questions and lessons.
ScoutieGirl.com on the other hand is a brilliant collaboration between Tara and a number of guest bloggers. It offers a mix of crafty projects and indie business advice including fascinating case studies from business owners who have reached their definition of success.
How Will You Keep Up With These Mentors?
Each of these mentors have vast blog archives on their websites containing a wealth of information just waiting for your visit.
To keep up to date with new posts I recommend subscribing to the mentors’ RSS feeds in Google Reader. If you are wondering why Google Reader review my post about it.
Who Are Your Online Mentors?
Who inspires you? Who has the success you aspire to? Please do tell in the comments!