In this post Jade Craven shares her thoughts on 30 bloggers worth keeping an eye on in the year ahead!
Update: You can now follow all these guys from the one twitter list! Check out Blogger To Watch.
1. Dave Navarro
Dave was featured as one of tomorrows star bloggers in 2008 and has continued to impress in 2009. His tenacity and hard work have helped cement himself as a leading blogger and coach. He has a truly impressive resume with guest posts on Copyblogger, two product reviews here on Problogger and joint ventures with other high profile bloggers.
2009 has been the year where he strategically built up his profile to become a respected member of the blogging community. In 2010, I expect he’ll be leveraging that profile to provide more awesome resources to help bloggers succeed. You can check him out at The Launch Coach and be sure to sign up for his advance discount list and for advanced notice of his More Buyers Every Month training.
More on Dave:
- Review of How to Launch the **** out of Your Ebook
- How 12 Experts Make Money Through Their Blogs (And How You Can Learn Their Secrets)
2. Skellie Wag
Skellie has kept quite for most of 2009. She has focused on her work at Envato and providing the occasional killer resource at Skelliewag. Despite her absence, many bloggers still credit her as one of their favorite bloggers.
I hope we will be seeing a lot more of Skellie in 2010.
More from Skellie:
- The Trust About Creating a High Traffic Blog
- How to Write Posts That Set Stumbleupon on Fire
- Blogging with Audacity
3. Sarah Prout
Sarah Prout runs a boutique publishing company called Sprout Publishing. She creates cool products targeting business, bloggers, social media professionals and entrepreneurs.
She has caused quite the stir in the local social media scene with her blog, Entreprenuerial sparkle. She has built a strong reputation on delivering quality products and being really useful to her twitter followers.
4. Johnny B Truant
Johnny B Truant was rocking it at his humor blog before getting the attention of Naomi Dunford. He offered to be a guinea pig of her Online Business School and started guest posting on Ittybiz about his attempts to build an online business.
He raised his profile quickly with strategic guest posts and free offers. He quickly became a fixture in the blogging community and restructured his online presence so that all posts are hosted at Johnnybtruant.com.
He now makes a considerable income through technology consulting, affiliate commissions and sales of his product Zero to Business. You can check his new venture with Charlie Gilkey at Charlie and Johnny Jam sessions.
I hope he expands his products available in 2010 and that he continues to provide his awesome guest posts.
More from Johnny:
- How One Blogger Made 3k a Month By Helping People – And How He Can Help You
- Six Ways to Make More Money as an Affiliate
- How to Boost Your Business By Developing Bulletproof Trust
5. Leo Babauta
Leo was already widely regarded in the blogosphere, but this year he has shown why he commands so much respect. He has released two new blogs – Mnmlist and Zen Family Habits as well as courses at A List blogging Bootcamps. He has also released the free minimalist theme, the ebook on minimalism and the motivation handbook.
He has done this on top of promoting his book The Power Of Less and maintaining the high caliber of writing at Zen Habits. He shows no signs of stopping in 2010 with rumors of more projects in the works.
More from Leo:
- The Essential Guide To Growing Your Blog On Minimal Time
- 7 Essential Things You Should Be Doing When Your Blog is Still Young
- How Passion Can Transform Your Blog
6. Ali Hale
Ali Hale has made waves in 2009 with her staff blogging, guest posts and subsequent release of her Staff Blogging Ebook. She has set a new standard for high quality guest posts.
She has recently launched her blog at Aliventures where she provides in depth articles and comprehensive product reviews. I believe she will be contributing even more to the blogging community in 2010.
More from Ali:
- Thirteen Steps to Write and Publish A Free Ebook in Thirteen Hours
- The Other Side Of Problogger: Making Money Right From the Start of Your Blogging Career
- Every Blogger Starts From Zero – You Could Be On the A-List Next Year
7. Yaro Starak
He has released a series of membership sites targeting bloggers at all levels of success including the very successful Blog Mastermind. I’m hoping he releases some new products in 2010 and continues to show bloggers what can be achieved through perseverance and delivering high quality content.
More from Yaro:
- 10 Techniques for Finding Blog Readers
- Don’t Be an Insular Blogger
- Free Blogging Tips Podcast With Darren and Yaro
8. Joanna Penn
Joanna has been the hidden success story of 2010. Her blog, The Creative Penn, has had a lot of success in both the local and international blogging communities. She is developing a strong reputation for providing high quality content and is famous for providing high quality links on twitter.
She shows how rising stars can be useful and gracious. I know her blog is just going to get even better in 2010 and feel honored to be part of that journey.
9. Naomi Dunford
Naomi Dunford is awesome. She has a shaved head, conspires against a duck and likes to swear. She also has one of the freshest blogging voices online.
Her blog, Ittybiz, is one of the best resources on how to market your blog and business. She provides tonnes of free material and affordable courses as well as other courses like Marketing 101, Marketing School, SEO School and Online Business School for her loyal customers. So many of my friends credit her for their inspiration and success. She is fresh from a recent redesign and I can’t wait to see how her site evolves in 2010.
10. Chris Guillebeau
He has released a number of unconventional guides including the Unconventional Guide to the Social Web, Unconventional Guide to Art and Money and partnered with skilled writers to deliver niche products. His full range of products are fantastic.
2010 will see Chris travel to fascinating countries, release more unconventional guides and the publication of his first book.
More from Chris:
11. Mike CJ
Mike has created a name for himself in the blogging niche. He become a Problogger in 2008 thanks to Mikes Life and his two travel blogs.
He stood out with his practical blog posts and fast developed a community around Mikes Life. In 2009, he released his blogging course and twitter guide. In 2010, he has just released Beyond Blogging (cowritten with Nathan Hangen.)
12. Dan Schawbel
In 2009 he expanded the personal branding network with the creation of the Student Branding Blog. His content is syndicated by Forbes, Reuters and Fox Business.
In 2010, I think we will see Dan take niche blogging to a whole new level. I feel privileged to watch it happen.
More from Dan:
13. Jonathan Fields
Some of you may not know Jonathan. He is a blogger, author and speaker. That’s the simple version. His bio described him as
a giddy dad, husband, New Yorker, multi-time health & fitness industry entrepreneur, recovering S.E.C./mega-firm hedge-fund lawyer, slightly-warped, unusually-stretchy, spiritually-inclined, obsessed with creation, small-biz and online marketing-catalyst, speaker, direct-response copywriter, entrepreneur-coach, yoga-teacher, columnist, author, once-a-decade hook-rug savant, pro-blogger and career renegade™ gone wild.
He wrote a fantastic book called Career Renegade and released a killer report, The Truth About Book Marketing. He’s spent this year helping as many people as possible – whether it be through his speaking events and workshops or the creation of new projects like Tribal author.
It will be fascinating to see what he accomplishes next year.
More from Jonathan:
- 3 High Powered Reader Engagement Tactics
- Are Your Readers Doing What You Want Them to Do?
- Bloggers Without Boundaries: Are the Lines Getting Too Blurred?
14. Marko Saric
Marko has had astonishing success during 2009. He marked a year at How To Make My Blog and successfully launched his Twitter Marketing ebook. He earns a consistent income through his Thesis theme reviews and blog consulting. He did a fantastic presentation about how to build a better blog at a recent meetup in London.
I hope 2010 brings more products and presentations because he brings a lot to the blogging community.
More from Marko:
- Get Inspiration From Blog Comments When Writing Your Next Post
- Create a Media Kit to Attract Advertisers to Your Blog
15. Charlie Gilkey
He will be released more affordable products in 2010, as well as helping more bloggers kick arse. I cant wait to see what he and his clients achieve.
16. Robb Sutton
Robb has impressed many with the success of Mountain Biking 198. He has received over $100’000 in review products which he spoke about in his book Ramped Reviews . He now works on his network while blogging about his journey to success at Robb Sutton. You can check out his comprehensive free ebook, Ramped Blogging, while there.
He shows how people can apply practical business schools to the blogosphere and what you can achieve when you don’t doubt yourself. He does done multiple guest posts and podcasts this year and I look forward to hearing about his future projects.
More from Robb:
- How To Treat Your Blog Like a Business
- How Getting an F On Your School Paper Makes You a Better Blogger
17. Gary Vaynerchuk
What can I say that hasn’t already been said? He crushed it during 2009.
He launched Vaynermedia, a business specializing in building brand equity. He signed a 7 figure book deal with Harper Studio and released his best-selling Crush it. He has had many high profile press mentions and television appearances.
Gary has given many bloggers something something to aspire to. Knowing him, he’ll give us even more next year.
18. Chris Brogan
Chris has accomplished so much this year. His book, Trust Agents, became a New York Times bestseller. He touched a lot of people with his overnight success video series and grew his blog to almost 40’000 subscribers. I’ve had trouble with keeping up with all he’s accomplished this year because he has done so darn much. He works incredibly hard to ensure that his work helps as many of us as possible.
Judging by his business wishlist, he will be achieving so much more in 2010.
19. Michael Martine
Remarkablogger has been a good friend this year and it has been a pleasure to watch his site grow. On top of his blogging and coaching duties, he helps market the Headway wordpress theme. This theme has really impressed a lot of my designer friends, and I know they have great plans for it.
Michael is definitely someone to watch in 2010. I just hope that, despite his success and accomplishments, he’ll always be the awesome guy I’ve come to respect.
20. Lea Woodward
Lea and her husband, Jonathan, have shown that you don’t need to stay in one place to rock the blogosphere. They have taken one blog, Location Independent, and developed an entire community around it.
The expanded the blog to create a network – using the birth of their daughter Mali as motivation for Location Independent Parents. She also expanded to develop a series of Location Independent guides.
2010 will see them expand their product range as well as develop the Location Independent community. If you are aspiring to blog while traveling, they are a must read.
21. David Risley
He has taught us so much this year and will continue to do so during 2010. It will be interesting to see what new projects he comes up with.
More from David:
22. Glen Allsopp
Glen Allsopp has a resume that would make many established bloggers envious. He has guest posted at many high profile blogs and is a successful staff blogger. He launched Cloud Living to much acclaim and has followed that up with another killer ebook – Reality Switch. I’ve loved learning about Glens story, both at PluginID and Viperchill.
More from Glen:
- You’re Losing Your Subscribers: How To Get Them Back
- How To Find Your Passion
- Analysis of StumbleUpons Top 50 Stumbles
I’m confident that his business will skyrocket in 2010 – especially with his $1 million case study.
23. Laura Roeder
Many bloggers owe a lot of their success to Laura Roeder. She has shown how you can leverage social media effectively and how to market with class. Her blog, and business, boomed in 2009. She released a paid version of The Dash, launched her Creating Fame course and developed that into the Creating Fame Classroom (and more like Backstage pass to Twitter).
I hope she continues to create more brilliant information products in the new year and that she continues to provide so much value to the community.
More from Laura:
24. DM Scott
DM Scott isn’t the sorta guy you normally see on these lists. I met him at a Social Media Masterclass and was blown away by his blogging knowledge. He has written two successful books – World Wide Rave and The New Rules of Marketing and PR. He has released many killer free ebooks and blogs at Web Ink Now.
He is someone you should get to know if you want to learn how to get world wide attention using social media. He knows his stuff and I’m sure he’ll be providing high quality content beyond 2010.
25. Darren Rowse
Darren already rocks the blogging community. He has a top 100 technorati blog, is one of the co-founders of b5 media and is the inspiration for many leading bloggers.
26. Collis Ta’eed
Envato has grown so much this year. They have launched many new marketplaces, blogs and tutorial sites. They have cemented themselves in the creative communities.I’m really excited to see how Envato will develop next year. I hope that I can somehow even be part of it.
Also valuable are the E-books that Collis is part of from Rockable Press – how to be a Rockstar WordPress designer and how to be a Rockstar Freelancer.
More from Collis:
27. James Chartrand
2010 will be for interesting for James after the recent revelation that he is, actually, a she. James is still one of the best ‘blokes’ I know, but this story has really set the blogosphere on fire. It will be very interesting to see how it unfolds in the new year. Will she release a book? Will mainstream press pick up the story? I don’t care – as long as she continues to bring class to the blogosphere.
Also co-authored by James is the Unlimited Freelancer e-book.
28. Caroline Middlebrook
Caroline Middlebrook was one of the star bloggers during 2008 but has slowed things down this year to work on her software project. Her income has been consistent despite only spending only one hour a week.
Caroline will be launching her software project later this month. It will be interesting to see how her blog and project evolves in 2010.
More on Caroline:
29. Adam Baker
Adam shows that you don’t need to be a metablogger to be successful. He has indirectly taught me, and many others, so much about engaging your community. He writes at Man Vs Debt and has spent most of 2009 traveling/working in Australia and New Zealand.
Adam celebrated the 6 month anniversary of Man Vs Debt with a fantastic article about how NOT to suck at blogging. I’m genuinely excited to see how he develops the blog over the next 12 months.
More on Adam:
30. Sonia Simone
As the senior editor at Copyblogger, Sonia has the finger on the pulse of the blogosphere. She shows how you can make writing informative and fun. She’s joint ventured on many awesome products this year including Freelance X Factor and Marketing For Nice People. She recently launched the Remarkable Marketing Blueprint – something I’m still annoyed I missed out on.
If you want to excel at content marketing, Sonia can help you. I’m sure she’ll be providing many opportunities to do so during 2010.
Who would go on your list?
These are the people that made it onto my radar this year, but I know there are many fabulous bloggers I haven’t met yet.
Share who you think are the bloggers to watch and why. Some of them may be featured in future Problogger posts.
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