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Bloggers I would like to Meet – What is a Blogger?

Written by George Manty  · October 9, 2006

Darren Rowse asked a really good question over on his blog, What bloggers would you love to meet in person?

This was kind of a hard question for me to answer, because there are many people who blog that I would like to meet. However, do I consider all of them to be bloggers?

For instance, there are many Internet Marketers who have blogs, Dan Kennedy, John Reese, Dan Lok, Jim Edwards, Michel Fortin, etc. I don’t know if I would consider them bloggers per se. On the other hand, I would LOVE to meet all of them!

Then there are amazing business people who have blogs like Mark Cuban, Donald Trump, etc. I would LOVE to meet them, but I am not sure I would call them bloggers.

Lastly, there are people who have made a name for themselves by blogging or who are well known due in part to their blogs. This group consists of the people I would absolutely consider to be bloggers. For the sake of clarity (or maybe just to be more confusing), let’s call these bloggers “blogging bloggers”.

So here is my list of “blogging bloggers” that I would like to meet:

1. Darren Rowse – I would love to meet him, because of the huge influence he has had on both Jill and I in the way we blog. He has been incredibly helpful to the blogging community as a whole.

2. Jason Calcanis – Jason’s blogging network Weblogs Inc. was the first blogging network I ever came across. At the time, I thought that Google would surely penalize them for interlinking all their non-related blogs. Boy was I wrong! Jason handles business in a very fresh, unique way and I really think I would enjoy meeting him.

3. Scott Somerville – A fellow homeschooling Dad, who I would love to talk with. Scott just started the K-Dad network for helping homeschooling Dads. That is actually a niche I have thought about getting into for the last two years.

4. Aaron Wall – When I found Aaron’s blog I realized I had made a big mistake in trying to write a book about Website Traffic. I will never forget the lessons I learned from coming across his blog. Additionaly, his blog is the BEST SEO blog in the business and I read it regularly. Aaron is the person who first introduced me to blogger number 5 on my list…

5. Seth Godin – Seth is such a brilliant marketer. I would love to meet him if only to say thanks for the great marketing lessons he teaches us all. And yes, I was a bit star struck when he left a comment on my blog last week.

Boy, I could probably go on and on, but those are the people who came to mind first. So why don’t you answer Darren’s question? What bloggers would you love to meet in person?

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7 Responses to “Bloggers I would like to Meet – What is a Blogger?”

  1. aaron wall on October 10th, 2006 12:38 am

    Thanks for the kind vote of confidence George šŸ™‚

    I will be at Pubcon this November. Feel free to say hi if you will be attending.

  2. George Manty on October 10th, 2006 6:59 am

    I can’t travel in November, because the next two months at my 9-5 to job we have been politely told not to take vacations. It’s fine though, I was running out of vacation time to take this year anyway.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and I am sure I will make it to a webmaster world conference (and others) one day in the not so distant future. When that happens I will feel free to say hi.

    All the best,

  3. Scott W. Somerville on October 10th, 2006 1:14 pm

    Sign me up to meet Seth Godin. His “Unleashing the Ideavirus” is just one of the contributions he’s made to my life. But it’s startling to find myself on the same list as Seth!

    It’s a pleasure to meet you!

  4. George Manty on October 10th, 2006 1:18 pm


    I agree that Seth is an amazing marketer.

    I am sure we will meet sometime at a homeschooling conference. Albeit, based on my work schedule it’s not likely to be this year.

  5. Jason on October 21st, 2006 1:14 pm

    frankly, Calacanis is just a normal guy… you wouldn’t be too impressed. šŸ™‚

    in term of interlinking out blogs we always did it in an honest way. It’s totally acceptable for NBC to tell you what’s on Bravo or the SciFi channel, and it’s fine for blog networks to have their own blogrolls.

    Now, if you produce splogs and link them together that’s another story. šŸ™‚

  6. George Manty on October 21st, 2006 6:34 pm

    I agree with your opinion on interlinking. I have always thought it makes sense from an advertising perspective, but certainly the old Terms of Service of some Search Engines seemed to imply that interlinking sites even to promote them could be considered link spam by the SEs. I have never thought that it should be, but at the time I came across Weblogs Inc. many webmasters had doubts about the whole interlinking your sites even for the obvious purpose of promoting them. I am glad they were wrong.

    Splogs are certainly another story.

  7. George Manty on October 22nd, 2006 8:22 pm

    frankly, Calacanis is just a normal guy… you wouldn’t be too impressed.

    Well Jason, even if you are a normal guy, I am fairly sure you have a ton of good business advice that you could give me. One big thing I have learned from watching Weblogs Inc. grow is that you have always treated it like a business. That’s not really the norm on the net.

    Also, meeting normal people is a good thing— I mean, compared to the alternative… like if you were a space alien!

    If you are a space alien, then I might not be so interested in meeting you.

    On second thought maybe I would still be interested. Just as long as you don’t have me for a snack or zap me to some remote planet never to be seen again.

    So, inquiring minds want to know— ARE you a space alien?