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Monday, Apr. 14, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Blogger Appreciation Day — A Few GrokDotCom Favorites

By Robert Gorell
April 14th, 2008

Earlier today, Problogger’s Darren Rowse declared April 14th “Blogger Appreciation Day“.

Although I read Darren’s blog, I actually found out about it after receiving a link from his colleague, Chris Garrett, thanking me for commenting on his blog over the past year.

It’s no secret that Chris and Darren are smart guys. They knows how to get comments, trackbacks, RSS subscribers, ad revenue… all the stuff bloggers claim to want. In fact, they’ve even co-authored a new book, Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. I haven’t yet read their book, but after following their blogs for a combined three years, I can tell you that their biggest secrets are (*spoiler alert*) that they actually enjoy what they do and they know how to engage and give energy back to their readers.

They also know how to ask for things without being tacky. At one point last year, Chris had an author’s note at the bottom of each post that read, “If you found this post useful, buy me a coffee!” (with “buy me a coffee” linked to his PayPal account). Brilliant.

It must have been a good post. I payed real dollars to buy him a virtual double latte.

So, in the spirit of this imaginary international holiday, here’s GrokDotCom’s short list of bloggers who, for various reasons, we appreciate:

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  1. No Chinese Bloggers in there? Those at BloggerCon in China this November would be disappointed to hear they were not part of ‘international blogger day’. You’ve just given me a good reason to go check and see if there are any that are worthy of your list.

  2. No snub intended, Tom. Please do share your recommendations. (I’ve read Upper Westside Journal before, and I know you speak Mandarin, so no excuses. ;) )

    We have been linked to be a few Chinese blogs, but only recently have we hired someone on our marketing team with experience working in Beijing. Like many others, we at FutureNow are taking strides to become more “international” ourselves.

    I also know that we have several readers from Japan and India with blogs. If any of them are reading this and see that they’re not represented, please leave us a comment so we can link to you.

  3. Wow ! Thank you for your trackback for Innovablog. And happy to see a few french blogs in your list ;)

  4. Thank you, Olivier!

  5. I stumble your content more than any other and read more of your posts than any other (so says Google Reader), so hat tip to your team Robert. Thanks for the nod.

  6. Noticed your link to Mitch Joel is broken/missing.

  7. Thank you, Jason — on both accounts!

    Get Elastic is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the real business impact of usability and conversion optimization. We’d feel pretty lonely out here without you and Linda sharing research and helping us to think big.

    The same goes for Mitch and the Twist Image team!

  8. Thanks for the mention! I’m humbled and glad to be at least somewhat entertaining in my somewhat irrelevant rants :D

  9. Thanks for the mention, Robert. I’m flattered that you include me among such prestigious company.

    I would put up my list, but I think I’m better off just seconding yours. Great list. One person you might consider adding is Robbin Steif at LunaMetrics. A consistently great read.

    Thanks again.

  10. [...] Gorrell at GrokDotCom listed blogs he appreciates as part of Darren Rowse’s Blogger Appreciation Day. I was thrilled that Robert included me in [...]

  11. Aaron,

    Your “somewhat irrelevant” rants are way more welcome than a lot of the “somewhat relevant” stuff out there. You help marketers deflate the self-serious pretense we’ve all been known to inhale at times.


    Great suggestion to add Robbin! LunaMetrics is outstanding.

  12. Thanks for the hat tip! :) I’m a raving fan of the GrokDotCom blog – keep up the great work!

  13. [...] Robert Gorell [...]

  14. Thanks so much for the appreciation!

  15. I would not have known about without your post! Thanks for the mention, and for all of the new links.

  16. Thank you for including my blog in the list :)

    I’m glad and a little bit surprised since most of my posts are written in Chinese. Thanks.

  17. [...] 非常神奇的,我的Blog链接出现在了grokdotcom.com的帖子里面,帖子标题是Blogger Appreciation Day — A few GrokDotCom Favorites。 [...]

  18. Thanks from myself and the rest of Compete blogging team.

  19. What a fantastic list on a fantastic blog. Thanks for the mention… we ALL should be reading Grok…in all of its many forms.

    Shout out to all on the list: this is how blogging really works! Enjoy.

  20. Mars — We very much appreciate bloggers like you, Olivier (who commented earlier) and others who share our ideas in other languages and places where normally we wouldn’t reach.

    Matt — The Compete blog is phenomenal. Congratulations on the webby nomination!

    Yvonne — Thank you for those kind words! Please send our regards to the talented crew over at Lipsticking.

  21. The thumbs up is much appreciated! Thanks a ton!

  22. Thanks for this informaiton , good work

  23. Thanks for the include! Only missing a convenient OPML file to add all blogs to the RSS reader with a couple of simple clicks. :)

  24. Thanks for mentioning me for Blogger Appreciation Day.

    I have been visiting your blog for more than a year now and I am still finding good articles in your archives that I didn’t know about.

  25. Great list. I don’t know that even i’d get the time to read once blog fully. but thanks for the list i really appreciate it

  26. I think this is a good start even some blogs written in different languages were not reviewed and selected, but I believe that it will get improved in the future. Thanks for Robert’s effort. If you need help on processing Chinese sites or pages, please let me know.

  27. Hey very nice blog!! Man .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…

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