6 Would-be-Conversations with 6 Wonder-Bloggers I’d Love to Meet

September 18, 2008 at 3:01 am 10 comments

1. Guy Kawasaki: I just started reading Guy’s book “The Art of the Start,” and already, I’m hooked and have developed my mantra. Thank you to my boss for recommending it. (We’ll see if my boss keeps up on my blog now. =) I was already a Kawasaki fan due to my interactions and experiences with Alltop.com. Plus, when I found out about the pregnant man a month before it debuted on Oprah from Guy’s Truemor’s site, I thought, this is no ordinary guy.

Conversation: What ingredient turns you into the Energizer Bunny? On a more serious note, in the very beginning, when you were with Apple and all, what made you finally let go of the ledge, and follow that first big idea?

2. Rohit Bhargava: Not only does he work for a very well established company at Ogilvy PR, but he doesn’t let himself get comfortable. He seems to always be on the go, expanding his own personal horizons, and living his passions and interests. I feel that, from reading and following his blog, he is in the business because he truly loves it – a rare quality in a marketer.

Conversation: Let’s talk about 1) writing a book 2) publishing a book and 3) a book tour. This year Rohit published Personality Not Included, and in doing so, not only elevated his personal brand, but also expanded his following, further established his name, helped elevate his company, met some cool peeps, seemed to have buckets of fun, and made a mohawk chicken cool in the process. Not an easy task, especially the chicken.

3. Craig Lefebvre: Dr. Lefebrve’s blog has encouraged and inspired me professionally as he writes, researches, practices and pretty much breathes all items social marketing. I am continually learning from him and inspired by his leadership in a field that is working to grow itself and its professionalism.

Conversation: Dr. Lefebvre has a range of experiences in the states, and from what I gather, abroad. Plus, he’s a professor. I am a journalism major; thus, I love asking questions. And professors have loads of information, but they share that information with a learning curve in mind. Not to be flashy. Not to gain attention. But to share….hence open publishing. First item: Where do you envision the field 5, 10, 20 years from now?

4. Geoff Livingston: Geoff seems like an all-around great guy, go-getter, and someone who ‘gets it.’ Not only has he published a book, started a growing company, leads a great team (go Qui and friends), is a recognized leader in the field, is an off-line role model, but he also sincerely wants to do good. This is the apple in the eye of Socialbutterfly readers. Keep that eye on Livingston Communications and the Buzz Bin. They are going to re-define how we do business.

Conversation: Business is still business, but I’ve read on the Buzz Bin that you all have some tricks up your sleeves that you will be rolling out. And, that this could include a social entrepreneur-type set-up. Now, this is a conversation I am all ears (all two of them) about hearing.

5. Beth Kanter: If you are not familiar with Beth, I recommend getting familiar. She is the go-to-guru for all items non-profit tech. A fundraiser, writer, blogger, practioner, speaker and sector role model, Beth continually gives us her best. I follow Beth’s blog like it’s my job. She offers the tips, she begins conversations that need discussing, highlights those in the field, calls us to action and gets us involved.

Conversation: When do you sleep? Do you even sleep? Though she’s posted about her experiences and shares them, there is something to be said about hearing it first hand. This is why I want to hear specifically about Beth’s outreach and work in Cambodia. How, why, when? I’m an avid traveler, and the fiance and I really did consider the Peace Corps vs. real jobs last year, so would love to hear more how Beth has combined her love for social media, non-profits with work abroad.

6. Chris Brogan: If there is anyone’s writing style I love, it’s Chris Brogan’s. He lays it out. Step by step. And, he magically succeeds in being relational, personal, yet professional and educational all at the same time. Not only do I love Brogan’s resourceful blog, but also his helpful e-newsletters, which had a great free e-book about personal branding the other week.

Conversation: About personal branding…(smile), let’s explore that some more shall we? Now, I am probably one of very few, who have yet to see Brogan present, let alone have the honor of a face-to-face conversation. My question would be: how do you manage multiple personal brands? Or, let me re-phrase: multiple personal interests –> online. Another one: what are the biggest mistakes people make with their personal brand online?

What about you? What would be the conversation you would want to have if you got to meet some of your own personal wonder-bloggers?

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Eric Davis  |  September 18, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Yep, keeping up on the blog and great job with it! You should also check out the lectures he gives at Stanford: http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=1171

  • 2. Rohit  |  September 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for including me on this list and for your kind words – I’m sure we’ll get the chance to connect at an event in the near future! Are you going to be at Interact in DC at the end of the month?

  • 3. Rebecca  |  September 18, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I haven’t talked to these bloggers personally, but I do know many of them are extremely accessible. I wouldn’t be surprised if you contacted them and were able to have conversations. Just a thought : ) Or maybe they will find you through this post. As for me, I want to talk to Dooce.

    Enjoyed the post.

  • 4. craig lefebvre  |  September 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Maybe we can plan a talk after the World Social Marketing Conference. My vision should be a little clearer by then. Nice company to be considered with! Thank you.

  • 5. socialbutterfly4change  |  September 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    @Rohit of course! I would be at Interact; however, I am presenting my research at the 1st World Social Marketing Conference in Brighton England at that same time. However, I will be at Twin Tech 2 tonight and us both being in DC, I’m sure (hoping) that our paths will cross soon! Thank you for responding.

  • 6. socialbutterfly4change  |  September 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    @Rebecca Glad the psot caught your eye. All of these bloggers are very accesible and helpful as I’ve had online interactions with some of them. But there’s nothing like a face2face convo. I just wanted to be a little creative, share their great wisdom with SB’s readers, while also sharnig some luv with some of my biggest role models. Thanks for stopping by!

  • 7. socialbutterfly4change  |  September 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    @craiglefebvre I will be at that conference as well, so hopefully our paths will cross there. Also, enjoyed your commentary and insights thruoghout the CDC dialogue the other day.

  • 8. Jocelyn  |  September 24, 2008 at 8:59 pm


    LOVE your idea of creating a bloggers to meet bucket list. Here’s mine.

    Seth Godin (although I think I’d be SO intimidated!)
    Nedra Weinrich (Qui can’t say enough good stuff about her)
    Jeff Brooks (I think he’s a great writer.)

    I’d also be happy to spend more time with my favorites!
    Allison Fine
    Beth Kanter
    Holly Ross
    and, of course, QUI!

  • 9. Beth Kanter  |  October 1, 2008 at 1:17 am


    I sleep, I’m a fast typist.

    Here’s my early dairy about cambodia – don’t keep it up much anymore

    My first cambodian blog

    My second blogging experience about Cambodia

    My trip a year ago

    I’ll be in DC – in fact doing a day of service for hunger awareness to capture it in social media on October 19th. Will be speaking at E-Metrics on the 21st, and teaching at save at strength on the 20th.

    We’ll have to meet.

  • 10. josh  |  October 18, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Man I was forced to read Guy Kawasaki’s book for class! As assigned reading always strikes fear into the eyes of college students but that book was seriously awesome. Not only for an entrepreneurial standpoint but also from a personal standpoint for developing myself. I would love to just sit down at a lunch or dinner and just talk to him about his life experiences and what exactly he has failed at to make him so successful.


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