Three special bloggers

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The following discussion represents my contribution toward “Blogging and Relationships,” a group writing project in which Alina Popesque is challenging bloggers to write about any particularly special blogging relationships which they have developed during the course of involvement within the blogosphere.

For Alina, this project represents a celebration of reaching the milestone of four years as a blogger. I congratulate her for reaching this milestone and I am delighted to be a participant in the project.

This blog is still relatively new, and I am personally still in the embryonic stages in terms of the development of meaningful blogging friendships and relationships.

Nevertheless, there are three people with whom I have shared valuable and worthwhile blogging relationships in recent times – two of which many readers will already be familiar, and one who may not be quite as familiar to some readers.

In alphabetical order (no order of preference), these people are:

Brad Shorr 
I met Brad (at least in a virtual sense) very early in my blogging days, and not only did he post the first comment on my original blog, the now defunct Another Ten Cents, and he was also the first commenter on this blog.

Since then, Brad and I become frequent contributors toward discussions on each other’s blogs, and we enjoy a wonderful blogging friendship.

As a blogger, Brad’s writing reflects not only three decades of expertise in terms of sales and marketing, but also a very uplifting nature and personality, which are evident not only in his own writing by also in the constructive nature of his contributions to discussions on other blogs.

The other thing which I really appreciate about Brad is his blogging etiquette, not only his prompt and constructive responses toward comments on his own blog, but also in his frequent contributions toward discussions on many of the other blogs which I personally read and enjoy.

Karen Swim
One only has to read Karen’s recent contribution toward Robert Hruzik’s recent group writing project “What I learned from love” to appreciate just how much of herself and her own heart which she pours out into her blog at Words for Hire.

That post represents an extremely moving discussion about her experience of the power of love in the face of tragedy as Karen faced the daunting prospect of letting go during the period in which her husband passed away. Highly recommended reading.

In particular, two key attributes about Karen which I feel are evident throughout all of her writing are her love for others and her passion for the written word, and she is one of those bloggers whom I feel has a passion for inspiring others and helping people to achieve their best.

Lauren Bloom
Here’s one blogger with which some readers may not be as familiar, but whose blog I have been following on a consistent basis since I started writing about business ethics.

Her name is Lauren Bloom and with more than twenty five years of experience within the legal profession, she speaks with a great deal of authority about a wide variety of issues with respect to business ethics. At all times, the discussions on Lauren’s blog are very clear and concise in nature, and they reflect an extremely fair minded approach with opinions which are supported by a careful examination of the facts as well as sound basis of argument. A thoroughly interesting blog.

In addition to her blog entries, I am privileged to be reading her latest book, The Art of The Apology, a book which I intend to discuss and review on this site after I finish reading it. This book contains an in-depth examination of about the need for and how to deliver effective apologies in a very broad range of circumstances, and makes for a thoroughly interesting read with some very practical applications.

Final Note
Once again, I would like to congratulate Alina on her four years of contribution to the blogosphere, and I hope that her participation within the world of blogging continues for many years to come.

16 Responses to “Three special bloggers”

  1. Alina Popescu Says:
    February 16th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Andrew, thanks so much for joining the group writing project! I’ve been reading both Brad and Karen for quite a while know, but Laura Bloom’s blog is new to me. Thank you so much for recommending it!

    Alina Popescus last blog post..Monday Reading Roundup Take #22

  2. drew Says:
    February 16th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    My pleasure, Alina.

    I hope you enjoy Lauren’s blog – as I said in the post, she is a wonderful writer and she speaks with a great deal of authority with respect to ethical business practices.

  3. Brad Shorr Says:
    February 16th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Andrew, Thank you for your very kind words. I have really enjoyed getting to know you over these last few years and absolutely love your blogging style, insights, and clear thinking. You’ve described Karen perfectly! Now I’m eager to visit Lauren’s blog!

    Brad Shorrs last blog post..Is Your Company Ready for Social Media Marketing?

  4. Karen Swim Says:
    February 16th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Andrew, I am so humbled by your words, thank you. I know and truly value Brad Shorr too and your description of his talent, generosity and grace is accurate. I don’t know Lauren but am looking forward to reading her blog and book – thank you for the introduction. I am truly thankful that Brad led me to you and your blog. I have enjoyed your insightful analysis and discussion and valued your contributions. I only hope I can give you back just a little of the blessings you so freely give to me and other bloggers.

    Karen Swims last blog post..Learn to Love Self-Promotion – Part I

  5. Andrew Says:
    February 16th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks Brad/Karen,

    As I was saying to Alina, I certainly hope that you enjoy Lauren’s blog – I certainly do and I am sure that you will.

    I look forward to reading a great deal more from you both in the future.

    Karen, with respect to your last comment, you certainly have given a lot to me, both through what you share on your own blog and also your contribution to the discussions on this blog. I am certain that many of your other readers would feel the same way.

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  7. isabella mori Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 3:40 am

    andrew, thanks for introducing us to these three bloggers. of course, i remember brad from your old blog but hadn’t met lauren and karen yet.

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  8. Andrew Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Hi Isabella.

    So glad to hear from you!

    I haven’t visited your blog in such a long time. I must visit much, much, more often.

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  9. Alina Popescu Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Speaking of awesome bloggers, you’ve just received a Premio Dardos Award.

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  12. Joanna Young Says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Andrew, I love your description of two of my best blogging friends (Brad and Karen). I share your opinion of them – they’re wonderful people, and great friends to have. I haven’t met Lauren or her blog yet either, and am off to have a look


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  13. drew Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Thanks Joanna. I hope you enjoy Lauren’s blog.

  14. drew Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 10:32 pm


    As I said on your blog, thanks for the award.

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