The Best Quality Picks From My Secret Pocket
People have been asking, "What happened to the Pocket Picks?"
"They've been missing in June and July."
So back, after their own holiday break, are the Best Quality Picks from my Pocket...
My Secret Pocket
Here in the UK its the summer holiday season. The kids have been off school for a couple of weeks and the parents have already 'burnt out' trying to entertain them!
I took the last couple of weeks of June as my holiday. We'd actually been in Spain since the end of April, but I'd been working. Honest!
Stepping out to savour the blue skies and sunshine, taking in the fresh sea air, or going for a dip in the pool is just the way of life in Spain!
But when you're on holiday (proper) you tend to down tools and do some reading. Well I do at least.
One weekend I read three short books by three different authors. One was riddled with inconsistencies, one was boring and repetitive, and one stood out head and shoulders above them all.
I couldn't put the book (or Kindle in this case) down. It was consumed within an hour. It was a delight to read.
Now it so happens that each of these authors is also a blogger.
And it got me thinking, "How many bloggers' posts do I actually look forward to reading?"
And when I reflected further, I came up with five names.
Five bloggers whose posts I actually look forward to reading, who consistently produce quality content, and who do so in their own unique style.
I stashed their names away in my secret pocket ready to share with you later. And as we've reached the end of July I thought it was about time to share the best quality picks from my secret pocket...
Of course, it's subjective, but here's my five most readable bloggers...
I've been following Richard for over a year now and every post I read, whether it's his latest or one from the archives, I thoroughly enjoy.
Each post flows. There is a logical flow to the way the content is presented. It doesn't matter if it's a product review or a case study or a blogging observation - each post will flow in the right direction, step by step, and end with a logical conclusion.
No fluff. No bullshit. Just honest, transparent writing.
Here's his post from earlier in July where he challenges us to consider the ROI from blog commenting:
"Use your time to evaluate the ROI on commenting and building relationships!" @DetectiveSid
Andrew M. Warner
I've got to know Andrew over the past six months or so, and I've come to admire his writing style. When you read a post by Andrew its like you're just sat on the sofa having a chat with your pal. He has a very relaxed writing style. But he also delivers a great punch!
Actually, Andrew also writes great emails. If you subscribe to his mailing list you will also receive some excellent mails with additional tips and tricks all delivered in the same relaxed manner.
Despite the relaxed style, Andrew likes to conduct experiments, and this post exemplifies his attention to detail as he reveals the results from his latest Case Study:
How To Increase Your Email Conversion Rate On Opt-Ins [Case Study Results]
"I’m putting all of my focus on other high converting opt-in tactics." @CopyWarner
(And she's also a mother of 3 hobbits:-)
Stacey has the natural ability to write on different topics covering areas like Design, Lifestyle, Technology and Personal Development. In my opinion, she is very gifted.
Just take a look at the varied content she has delivered in July and you will see what I mean.
It's effortless to read a blog post by Stacey so why not try this post:
12 Creative Ways To Improve Your Blog Design
12 things you can do to your website right now to help improve its look and feel ~ @scorrinblog
I connected with Tim in 2014. I don't remember how I came across his blog now, but I remember reading his 'About' page and realising we had a lot in common with our music background.
The thing I like about Tim is the way he challenges the status quo of blogging. He's quite prepared to share his views and go his own way.
"So what?" you say, "That doesn't make him a great writer."
And you'd be right of course. But Tim does know how to write properly and if you take the time to check him out too, you'll realise he can craft as good a blog post as anyone else.
Talking of which, he's also a freelance writer, and this post details the pitfalls:
How To Start Making Money As A Freelance Writer
Update: Since writing this post Tim has taken his website offline 🙁
"If you’re happy to start with small earnings, there are a few avenues you can try." @timbo1973
I've only recently started to read and follow Danny. I noticed he had commented on Tim's blog and so I went to check out his site.
Seems like I was late to the party as Danny is both a well-established blogger and author.
Each of his posts will challenge your thinking and perspective on different topics, be it Father's Day or Traffic vs Content, he always has an interesting slant on life and business.
When I read his blog posts or books it's as though Danny is right there beside me telling his story. His writing is exemplary and that's why he is a successful author as well.
Here's my favourite from July which talks about why customer service is so important:
"Service beats marketing hands down any day if you want a successful company." @dannybrown
As I mentioned in my introduction, I spent some time reading during my holiday, and by far the 'stand out' book was by Danny. If you haven't read any of his books yet I can thoroughly recommend "The Parables of Business: How Old Wisdom Can Help You Create New Mindsets."
So there you have it - 5 bloggers who can actually write a sentence or two that is thought provoking and engaging.
I hope you can find the time to go and read their blog posts, and books, as I'm sure you will find them both enjoyable and extremely readable.
One of my objectives in the second half of 2015 is to improve my writing skills in order to write as well as these bloggers...
...and whilst I'm scaling those heights I aim to get each one of them to write a guest post here at Byte Of Data!
Reckon I can do it?
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