When I first started out my blog reading list was populated by the likes of Gary V, Mike Michalawicz, Chris Brogan and Seth Godin. While they give some great business advice, as time has marched on and my business has gone from a struggling startup to a well-established one-woman show, I’m finding myself drawn to business blogs that better reflect both myself and my business more closely. I think that’s important.
While the Seth Godin’s of the blogging world absolutely dish out great content, it doesn’t always apply to a small, woman owned business.
I’ve also found that it’s not only business blogs that provide great insight and tips for balancing your life, family, emotions and business. A business blogger doesn’t necessarily have to be online tech related in order to provide information that I find extremely useful. So without further ado, here’s my short list of 4 women who are always on my blog reading list.
Ann Handley: AnnHandley.com
I’ve been reading Ann’s blog posts almost since the beginning. She first came to my attention via her business MarketingProfs. I’m still a fan. Maybe it’s because she’s from Boston, so when she writes about things like Santa’s Village, I know exactly what she’s talking about. In all honesty, it’s because no matter what, I find value in what she writes. Sometimes it’s a simple head-nodding understanding, other times it’s an ‘aha’ moment, but she never disappoints. While she doesn’t post as often as some bloggers, what she does post is always worth my time. Plus I’m on her mailing list Total ANNARCHY, so I get her delivered straight to my inbox.
Carolyn Elefant: MyShingle.com,
Carolyn is one of the original ‘blawg’ers. Her blog MyShingle.com has been groundbreaking, not only because she was one of the first to blog about law, but also because of her commitment to encouraging solo and small law firms. She’s also an early adopter and cheerleader of online technology. Her law-related posts aren’t as relevant to me now that I’ve left the paralegal world behind, yet many of her posts about practice management, tech, tips, and ideas still provide me with great ideas that can be adapted to my business. I’ve discovered several great services via her blog posts. Plus she’s just plain inspiring as a woman who has pioneered blogging and the adoption of online tech for lawyers.
Marie Forleo: marieforleo.com,
I discovered Marie via a free webinar for her B-School, I’ve stuck with her because her video/blog is overflowing with really great stuff. From interviews with people like Brené Brown, Danielle Laporte, and Elizabeth Gilbert to her just plain awesome core episodes that never fail to resonate, it’s not only great, it’s bound to bring a smile. She’s got personality in spades and it comes through in each video. She’s fun to watch, but most of all her content is amazing, relevant and helpful.
Kathryn Ramsperger: groundonecoaching.com
Kathryn, a multi-talented coach and author, recently re-vamped and re-energized her blog at GroundOne Coaching. I think the mix of family, creativity and business posts that she shares there are the perfect fit for me. So many of us are multi-dimensional. We’re juggling our business, family and maybe a side-gig or two. I love that I can count on Kathryn to give me tools to deal with all of them.
In the beginning stages of my business, I had the time to read a ton of business blogs. It didn’t matter as much if they didn’t all provide me personally with information and inspiration that fit my unique situation. As my business has found success, it’s become harder and harder to find the time to read anything, even blogs. That means it’s vital that the ones I do read, provide me with something worthwhile and applicable to who I am as a person and as a business owner. I can always count on these four women to do just that.