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The most wonderful, and very nice, Susan Getgood has tagged me for a meme making its way around blog world. Thanks, Susan. I haven’t been posting as much lately and this helps me get back in the swing of things.

This is the “Thinking Bloggers” meme, or – as the originator calls it – “5 Blogs That Make Me Think”. Yes, it is link bait, to be sure. But, I like Susan. She’s been good to me and my students. So there.

The down side to this is, I can only list five bloggers (if I follow the rules). Up front with you, beware … I’m about to break the rules. There are many more than five that truly make me think. Still, even by breaking the rules, forgive me if you aren’t on this little list.

So, here goes my contribution to the Thinking Blogger meme. Kent Newsome tagged five, who eventually tagged Susan and the meme continues …

First up is a blog and podcast that I have loved since day one. The BBC’s – Ouch! Disability Magazine (and blog) with News, Opinion, Features, Humour. Visit the BBC – Ouch! Disability Magazine – Weblog. I’d love to see them tag their favorite five disability related blogs.

Ouch! is likely, to most of you, a quite irreverent and maybe even shocking podcast and blog. This is disabled people talking about life with disabilities … and making fun of themselves, and others. Frankly, with the state of our world and the attention give to people with disabilities … Ouch! is a breath of fresh air. I’ve worked with people that have disabilities and this humor isn’t as out there as you may think.

Why it hasn’t been covered by the national media in the US, as far as I’ve seen, I’ll never understand. It is wonderful. Hey, if mainstream media – and even blogs – won’t cover it … maybe Jon Stewart will. It fits his tastes perfectly, I believe. He should invite Mat and Liz to appear on his show. I’d love to see that, too.

Next up, one of the best writers in the PR weblog community. Eric Eggerston at Common Sense PR and Mutually Inclusive PR, writes very well, indeed. He is fun and thought provoking. His style works especially well in social media.

Eric’s writing flows. Reading his sites is more like these elusive “conversations” we hear so much about, in social media. And, that style likely stems from his background in journalism “writing and shooting (photos) about crime, entertainment, local news and sports.” Eric knows how to tell a story. His 24 year career in journalism – and then corporate communication – gives him great insight. Those are just some of the reasons I encourage students to read him – and the many other PR bloggers out there.

A good story, told well, will always make you think … and that’s why Eric is an easy pick for this list.

My third pick is actually two blogs. The nonprofit world is a particular interest of mine. There are plenty of great nonprofit blogs out there, but I like Beth’s Blog: backchannel, by Beth Kanter. She scours the internet looking for useful examples of nonprofit online implementation. Her blog goes much further, as her tagline explains. Beth’s blog is all about “nptech, educational technology, information design, visual thinking, creativity, ICT in the developing world, and much more.”

It was through Beth that I found the excellent blog called Emily’s World, by Emily Weinberg. She is responsible for many great resources, especially the very useful Nonprofit Blog Exchange.

See, I just broke the rules. A two-for-one special. Well, they are special, and deserve to be included. Both of these ladies – Beth and Emily – make me think everytime I read their blogs. Very useful resources and much appreciated. Their blogs have helped us in our efforts with Camp ASCCA’s social media efforts, to be sure.

Another favorite topic of mine is all things Web-related in the world of higher education. There is no single better site than Karine Joly’s collegewebeditor.com: web, marketing & PR in higher ed.

Karine’s efforts remind me, in a way, of the prolific work that has been done for PR by Constantin Basturea and his NewPR Wiki. He’s another thinking blogger, by the way.

As if Karine’s blog wasn’t enough, she’s now joined with many others and launched Higher Ed Experts, for crying out loud. 🙂

Karine is thoughtful and creative. If you’re in PR for higher ed, and you’re not reading Karine … well, you’re missing the boat.

Last, but certainly not least, we can’t write a post about thinking bloggers and not include the blog POP! PR Jots, by Jeremy Pepper.

Now, I’m biased, I imagine. Jeremy is one of the first blog’s I found that was writing about PR. He has been very good to Auburn students. But, I liked his blog before he ever commented in any one of the student blogs.

I said it then, and it is true today, Jeremy is unafraid. He takes stands. His insights are always candid and cut through the clutter … right to the point. Always offering a unique insight on timely matters in PR, Jeremy has a knack for being observant (seeing things others often miss), penetrating (not playing around) and always on point.

I like people that are willing to share their opinions. Jeremy certainly does that. He doesn’t post as much as he used to, but I’m willing to wait. They are always worth the wait.

Lastly, and this is important, what I like about all the bloggers above is that they are willing to sign their names. The bloggers above have character, they don’t adopt one in order to compensate. The bloggers above are unique and genuine … and, most important of all, they offer helpful and useful insights into the topics that matter to me. For that, I thank them all.

So, that’s my contribution to the Thinking Blogger meme. I know I tagged seven, and not five. My apologies.

For those that have been tagged, the participation rules are simple:

  • If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
  • Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
  • Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

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