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...​

Richard Martin

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:

Why You Must Set Limits On Blog Commenting & Building Relationships

"Use your time to evaluate the ROI on commenting and building relationships!" @DetectiveSid 

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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

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Stacey Corrin

I have to take my hat off to Stacey. Not only does she write super content on her own blog she writes articles for other websites too, most notably on Pressidium, WPSuperstars and WPKube.

(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

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Tim Bonner

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

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Danny Brown

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:

Your Product Will Catch Me, Your Service Will Keep Me​

"Service beats marketing hands down any day if you want a successful company." @dannybrown

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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."

Final Thoughts

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?

Share your thoughts in the comments in the below.​

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David Hartshorne

I'm David and I'm the guy doing most of the writing around here. I'm a freelance writer helping solopreneurs and small businesses build their online presence through friendly, engaging and shareable blog posts.

  • Hey David!

    Thanks so much for featuring my little ‘ol blog today. I really appreciate it. I have to admit I think you give me far more credit than I deserve. When it comes to writing on my own blog, I’m a little bit lazy 😛

    Really pleased I’ve made a regular out of you!

  • Hello David.

    Wow thanks for the mention and the extremely positive call out. I’m honoured and grateful in equal measures.

    I know of Andrew and am a regular there, the others not ao much although I have read at least one post by each of them. Think it is definitely time to update my bookmarks!

    I took the plunge and bought the book on your recommendation by the way – adding ro my Vegas reading list, that is if I get time between the partying and gambling of course.

    Thanks again David, appreciate the mention!

    • Hi Richard,

      Thanks for inspiring and supporting me over the past year – you rock! Its been great to build a relationship with you and bounce some ideas around.

      You’ll enjoy the book!
      – David

      PS – please put a dollar in the Blazing Sevens machine for me – I’m feeling lucky 🙂

    • Wow, thanks mate, I appreciate that, and hope you enjoy – and good luck in Vegas!

  • Hi David,
    Its exciting learning of the best quality picks from your secret “pocket”. I am reminded once again of the benefit of “Pocket” as a bookmarking tool.
    On the picks of the month, its also exciting learning of your relationships with the aforementioned bloggers. One thing I find consistent with all as you have shared is that they take time to create and share valuable content consistently.

    This has earned them trust and credibility. Its good to learn from them! I will personally make out time to read more of the contents of these writers – already I am an avid reader of Richard Martins blog.

    Yes, one can improve on writing by reading more!
    I left this comment in kingged.com as well.

    • Hi Sunday,

      Yes, the Pocket app remains a firm favourite and I’ve been looking at ways to use it more in my online business…more to come on that…

      Richard has a great blog and online business and I have a lot of respect for him. But the other blogs are just as good in their own way, and that’s the key – they are writing content in their own unique style. It’s been great to build relationships with each of these bloggers and I look forward to reading and learning more from them.

      Thanks for your comments Sunday.
      – David

  • Andrew M. Warner

    Hey David,

    Thanks for the mention here and the kind words.

    I know all of those you mentioned here. But, I’ve only checked out Richard’s and Tim’s post. I’ll need to check out Stacey’s and Danny’s now.

    Also, great to see this coming back. I like this roundup … I gave up on mine for the moment. Maybe I’ll bring it back … maybe I won’t. But, keep it up.

    – Andrew

    • Thanks Andrew, it was a pleasure to include you and I hope you enjoy reading the other blogs.

      See you soon!
      – David

  • Hey there mate,

    So it’s been the long weekend here in Canada, and I’ve been enjoying some much-needed downtime (read: non-digital time) with the kids. So this was a nice surprise to come back to. 🙂

    Thanks for your kind words, both for the blog and the ebook. The Parables of Business is a little book that I’m really happy with, and so it’s great to see it getting the kind of feedback like yours, makes it all worthwhile.

    I already know Tim’s blog, but look forward to checking out the rest.

    Cheers, mate, and have a great rest of week!

    • Hi Danny,

      Was that a public holiday in Canada? If it was a UK public holiday it would have been raining! Hope you had some good family time.

      You’re welcome – the book is a delight to read 🙂

      – David

      • It was, mate. My wife was in Montreal since last Thursday (came home last night) so it was just me and the kids. Now I need a holiday to recover from the “holiday”! 🙂

  • Hey David,

    Good to see the “Picks” back in action. Excellent mentions, I follow all 5 bloggers that you have listed.

    Am a big fan of Tim Bonner, I make sure to read every post of his – though, due to time constriants, don’t comment as often as I should. Yes, he does speak out his mind, while most other bloggers would like to stay on the easy path, Tim does speak out.

    Am sure you can get them to do a guest post on your blog and will defenitely be looking forward to reading it.

    Uttoran Sen,

    • Thanks Uttoran, seems a lot of people had been missing the Pocket Picks!

      Yes, Tim is not afraid to speak out and I admire him for that.

      I have one out of five booked for a guest spot so far…so we shall see…

    • Thanks for the kind words Uttoran. That means a lot!
      I’m probably too outspoken at times… Then again, life would be boring if someone wasn’t :-).

  • Ashley Faulkes

    Great roundup David, keep em coming. Saves me looking around at all the blogs :> lazy but true. Some gems in here. And some bloggers I love !

  • Andrew Warner is a great pick, if I may so myself David. 🙂

    • Well, I’d like to say they were all great picks, but I appreciate everyone will have their favourite!

  • Hi David

    The Bloggers which you have mentioned are awesome and their posts are thought provoking.

    I have read Danny’s book on Kindle and I must say that he has a way of presenting ideas in a cool way.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    • Thanks for that, Awazie, and glad you liked the book! 🙂

    • Thanks Ikechi, I can see why you would appreciate Danny’s writing based on the content you share on your blog. Thanks for commenting and sharing.
      – David

  • “Why You Must Set Limits On Blog Commenting & Building Relationships” is very interesting for me, but I’m not saying the others are not interesting. So what I did was click the link and read the post.

    Blog commenting is what I’m into and I couldn’t agree more setting limitation is very important. Blog commenting and relationship building is not the primary goal in blogging or marketing, these two are just some of the fundamentals that we need to make our goal possible and to be successful.

    Awesome list! Thanks for this interesting round up for us!

    • You’re welcome Metz and I’m glad you enjoyed reading Richard’s post.

  • Hi David,

    Awesome round up post, indeed! 🙂

    I know three of them, like Tim, Andrew and Richard. I am also a frequent visitor to their blog. But, I have not read their article you mentioned in this article yet. I thought I’d check it out immediately.

    And this is the first time I know Stacey and Danny. It is a pleasure to know them. Thank you for introducing them to us, David. 🙂

    Hope you are having an awesome day!


    • Hi Nanda,

      It’s good to be able to introduce you to two new bloggers in Danny and Stacey – I think you will like them. Check out their posts and Danny’s book!

      Have a great week!
      – David

    • Thanks, Nanda, and if you do visit, don’t be afraid to say hello in the comments. 🙂

  • Hey David
    Thanks so much for including me here. I’m glad to say I know all of the other bloggers too and follow them as often as I can.
    I was once described as plain-speaking and a little scary at first. I don’t bite really though.
    To be honest, I’m just glad when someone reads my blog and interacts with the words somehow.

    • Thanks Tim, It was my pleasure to include you and your ‘plain-speaking’ words! They always make sense to me and challenge me to think that little bit more.

  • Hey David! Nice job with this short roundup. I had seen the posts from Andrew and Richard, but not the others. I’ll check ’em out now! 🙂