One of the fantastic things about the growth of social media is how it has widened our window on the world. We live in amazing times where we can create deep friendships with people we may never meet face to face, or meet people whom we’ve known through social media networks for the first time face-to-face and it’s as if we’ve lived next door to each other for years.
As I wrap up the year I want to take a moment to share with you 15 amazing women bloggers I’ve gotten to know, respect and learn from on a daily basis. Some of them I know in person, but many I know through their blogs and Twitter personas. You should probably get to know some of them too. By the way, instead of just linking to their blogs I linked to some of my favorite posts, so make sure you visit those links! So, without further ado, a few of the many women I’ve learned from this year in no particular order at all. Am I missing someone? Help us find new great women bloggers and add your favs to the list.
@Ambercadabra Amber co-wrote The Now Revolution with Jay Baer, they really get what makes new media work for business. She’s smart, she says it like it is, and her insights on business and marketing are spot on. Amber’s recently left her role leading the social media charge at Radian6 to go out on her own with HiddenStartup and it will be fun to watch her grow her business.
@Naomidunford Naomi is one smart marketer. She calls herself a “micro business marketing consultant”meaning she loves to help small companies get the most out of their marketing without spending a ton of money doing it. She’s salty, irreverent and I always learn something from her newsletters I can apply to my own business.
@CJBrasiel CJ is one of the most sincere and generous people I know. She blogs about real estate at TalktoCj where she shares everything from Silicon Valley market info and tips on marketing a home to local events and politics. If you’ve got a question about real estate, San Jose or cat rescue, ask CJ and if she doesn’t know it she’ll find out.
@BlogDiva Liza blogs on culture, tech and online communications. She’s outspoken and often outrageous in Spanish and/or English and a delightfully refreshing voice among the usual culture and political pundits out there. Read Daily Gotham for her insight into New York politics and culture.
@ShellyKramer Has been named one of the 200 most fearless women in social media and the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes Woman. She’s smart, sassy and never afraid to say what she thinks. Shelly owns marketing and branding agency V3 Integrated Marketing.
@MaddieGrant Another fearless woman entrepreneur, Maddie is a co-author of “Humanize, How people-centric organizations succeed in a social world”. She co-funded Social Fish, working with non-profits and association to show them how to make the best use of social media.
@LizStrauss Liz is the founder of SOB Con, dedicated to connecting the great thinkers around the internet to get together and brainstorm, share best practices and insights and get to know each other one on one. She’s also a leadership and marketing mentor and is on more top 100 social media, blogging and women in business lists than you can shake a stick at. At the same time she’s down to earth and generous with her knowledge on all of the many platforms she participates on.
@Corvida SheGeeks is the name of her blog and Corvida delivers all that us girl geeks love. Wanna learn about tech, social media, mobile? Corvida delivers it all up with her characteristic sense of humor and she makes the geeky technical details approachable and helps keep me on top of the latest gadgets, gizmos and software I just gotta have.
@SarahinTampa Another amazing tech blogger, Sarah brings her experience in the financial, retail and software industry to TechCrunch where she is always on top of the latest news, gadgets and mobile apps. I first started reading Sarah’s work when she was at ReadWriteWeb and now
she’s at TechCrunch turning out all you need to know about tech.
@NinaKaufman An award winning speaker and business lawyer, Nina blogs about legal tips and best practices for business on everything from Trademark law to the risks of letting your employees blog. Scan through her posts and you’re sure to find something you wish you’d known about before.
@thebarefootceo Founder of the Barefoot CEO and author of “Dream Big, Finding the courage to follow your dreams and laugh at your nightmares” and several other books dedicated to empowering and inspiring women to live the life they want to live.
@Kanter Speaking of non-profits, Beth is the queen of all things social media in the not for profit world and she shares more generously than anyone I know. Her book, “The Networked Nonprofit”is a must read for anyone wanting to understand how social media fits into their business model. Her Slideshare, blog and wiki are treasure troves of information for small business and non-profit alike.
@SoniaSimone blogs at Remarkable Communication where she writes about effective content marketing, among other things. She’s also co-founder of CopyBlogger Media and also ThirdTribe, spreading the word of how to do Internet marketing the smart way.
Catherine is the author or “Hit by a Farm–How I stopped worrying and learned to love the farm”. With my own history of growing up in rural Wisconsin her stories regularly leave me rolling on the floor with tears in my eyes. Really. This is how life really is out of the city.
@Nilofer is a Ted speaker and cultural change agent. She’s worked with humongous corps like Apple, Autodesk and inspires innovation in businesses of all sizes and types. If you’re looking for someone to disrupt your normal way of thinking about your business you should know more about Nilofer.