- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470197390
- ISBN-13: 978-0470197394
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Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggers 1st Edition
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They've gained a loyal following that continues to grow. They write about everything from business trends and the inner workings at Microsoft to parenting tips, personal secrets, and prolonging the life of your vehicle. They're passionate about their subjects and about the free expression of blogging. And they're even more passionate about being passionate.
They are thirty of the nation's most successful bloggers, and their stories and secrets—in their own words—fill these pages.
Technorati lists well over 102 million blogs, yet in such a sea of content, these bloggers stand out. Their voices are heard, their words are read, and their messages have an impact. In this fascinating and intimate look at the blogosphere, these influential and innovative individuals tell you what it takes to achieve blogging success.
If you've even thought about starting a blog, you can't afford to miss this wisdom.
Dave Taylor The Intuitive Life Business Blog
Chris Anderson The Long Tail
Gina Trapani Lifehacker
Ina Steiner AuctionBytes
Mary Jo Foley All About Microsoft
Dave Rothman TeleRead
Frank Warren PostSecret
Mike Masnick Techdirt
Mark Frauenfelder BoingBoing.net
Robert Scoble Scobleizer
Peter Rojas Engadget
John Neff Autoblog
Ken Fisher Ars Technica
Deborah Petersen Life in the Fast Lane
Joel Comm JoelComm.com
Brian Lam Gizmodo
Kristin Darguzas ParentDish
Chris Grant Joystiq
Scott McNulty The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Philipp Lenssen Google Blogoscoped
Brad Hill Weblogs, Inc.
Steve Rubel Micro Persuasion
Rebecca Lieb ClickZ
Deidre Woollard Luxist
Gary Lee An Internet Marketing Web Site
Richard MacManus Read/WriteWeb
Eric T. Internet Duct Tape
Victor Agreda DIY Life
Steve Garfield Steve Garfield's Video Blog
Grant Robertson Download Squad
From the Back Cover
"One of the true beauties and powers of blogs is that they can give voice to people who are not heard."
—Frank Warren, PostSecret
"Don't write anything in a blog that you wouldn't say to someone face to face."
—Scott McNulty, The Unofficial Apple Weblog
"For me, the future of journalism is blogging."
—Mary Jo Foley, All About Microsoft
"I do my best thinking via my blogs."
—Chris Anderson, The Long Tail
"When I look out at the blogosphere, I don't see lots of inconsequential blogs. I see lots of possibility."
—Gina Trapani, Lifehacker
why do they blog?
It's addictive. It consumes an incredible amount of time, energy, and effort. It is their passion. And these bloggers wouldn't have it any other way.
Among more than 102,000,000 blogs, a few stand out as influential, ground-breaking, and singularly successful. These thirty bloggers have been featured in Wired magazine, Popular Science, and on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and 20/20. In one-on-one conversations with Michael A. Banks, these innovative, creative thinkers have shared their tactics, their philosophies, what drives them, how they mine for subject matter, and their personal secrets for success. Come and learn from the masters.
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And finding out about their blogs as well was a big plus.
Frank Warren, of PostSecret, is the only completely out-of-the-box blogger covered.
I'll take comfort from the assurances that if I keep putting good content out into the blogosphere, Google will eventually find me. I'll add a few new writers to my RSS feeds. Elsewise, my blogging life will not change as a result of this book.
Good to have read; find it at the library, or buy it new or used according to your book budget.
Some of the blogs profiled started as magazines first; others were born online. Some are run professionally by trained journalists; others are run as hobbies during spare time. All of the profiles, though, were interesting. I often found myself at the end of each chapter thinking, "That is so cool. What that person did!"
As you read the book, you'll easily notice patterns in the advice, motivations and other factors that were keys to these bloggers' success. By the end of the book, you'll have a very concise list of what to do if you want to get started blogging (or improve your current blog).
Michael Banks style is great. "Blogging Heroes" is very easy to read with each of the 30 chapters devoted to one interview. I read the book one or two chapters each night before bed. It was perfect for that kind of reading- chapters are under 10 pages long; so, you can always finish one in about 10 minutes.
I recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn more about the world of blogging from a personal level.
There is nothing more powerful than story. If you want to do something in life, read stories about people who are doing it or who have pioneered some aspect related to it. It may seem odd that I mentioned the Bible in this review, but it's very applicable. The Bible is powerful because of its ability to tell a story. We learn most deeply by example.
Blogging Heroes does an excellent job of putting the pioneers in front of us so we can learn from their thought processes, their stumbles, and their insights. They teach us how to believe what is possible, because they've demonstrated things most of us have only dreamed of doing.
My only regret is that Blogging Heroes isn't an annual publication. I wish the author would interview 20-30 different prominent bloggers each year so we could continually learn from the cream of the crop.