Are you looking to expand your network? Or, perhaps create some new connections to make yourself even more recession proof…?
If I hear the words “down” and “economy” in the same sentence one more time I might just hurl my laptop out the window!! And, to be honest, this post could actually be titled, “97 Ways to Diversify Your Network in ANY Economy.”
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the value of using your indirect network and how you can capitalize on its potential to expand your business, or grow your ideas, by engaging the followers of your followers (who can be just as valuable).
Case in point, I came to know Sean Bohan of Core Performance via a Twitter message sent out by Chris Brogan and to date, Sean has been one of the most ardent supports of Train for Humanity.
Whether you are looking to start a small business, travel the globe, gain some traction with social media, or even maintain your current existence…creating a network of like-minded individuals can help to keep you focused, informed, and on task. As a small business owner myself, and someone who is attempting to launch a humanitarian initiative, I think it is paramount that we all assist each other in these times of uncertainty.
What I thought I would do today is list out 97 people that I follow on Twitter and whose blogs I happen to read. To help you to identify whom you might be interested in following or reading I have included everyone’s Twitter profile, blog link, and brief bio.
Under the various topic headings I have not listed people in any particular order…just how they happened to fall while I was researching this post.
Please NOTE – this is NOT a popularity contest! These are people that I happen to follow. I am not stating that they are the most popular, but to me they add value to what I am trying to accomplish.
This is how we help each other…we meet, we connect, and we exchange ideas! Some folks below you will recognize and others you won’t. Truthfully, I don’t want to see ANYBODY fail, sink, or go down with the ship!! (Myself included.) So, let’s expand our networks, join forces, be proactive, and kick some ass.
Happy connection making!
PR/Marketing/Social Media/Business – I started off not knowing a thing about social media marketing and because I am still learning the people below are who I read when I need some insight. I am quite certain you will find tremendous value in their blogs and Twitter messages.
Laura Fitton – @Pistachio, http://pistachioconsulting.com/press/who-is-pistachio/ – Much excitement and geekiness about where this all leads.
Shana Albert – @TheNanny612, – Web designer, webmaster and a blogger. My recent passion is social media and Web 2.0.
BIG DOGS – You are most likely already reading the blogs of these incredibly intelligent individuals. If for some reason you aren’t then I suggest you start here before going any further down the list.
Lifestyle/Travel/Cubicle Escape Artists – mostly folks who are pursuing a life outside of the traditional norm of a nine to five job.
Jenny Mannion – http://jennymannion.com/healpain/ – It took only a couple of weeks to turn my health and life around (almost 2 years ago).
Non-Profit/Social Responsibility – organizations and people who are attempting to use social media and blogging to make the world a better place.
Sara – @thewordisberry, http://www.ecosalon.com/about – I am the editor and manager of EcoSalon. The site is new, so please check us out and feel free to share feedback. I greatly appreciate your excessive support.
Health/Food – looking to get into shape? These folks can help. Visit SweetsFoods after you workout.
Stephen Smith – @hdbb_stephen, http://hdbizblog.com/blog/welcome-twitter-friends/ – I write about productivity.
Liz Scherer – @LizScherer, http://www.flashfree.wordpress.com/ – Interactive health ad copywriter, news reporter, sometimes journalist, wordsmith interested in reveling in the web, social media and life.
Web Design – need some help with branding or web design?
Some good news – – If you make a commitment and choose to connect with at least one person listed above everyday (for 97 days) that’s over three months worth of network diversification. Wow!!
I also encourage you to please add in people below in the comments that you feel would be worth following and if you know of anyone looking to diversify their network let them know that this list is here.