5 bloggers to watch in 2013

As we come to the year end, I traditionally wind down by highlighting people and news to keep an eye on in the year to come.

This year is no different, (yeah, I’m predictable that way) so to kick things off here are 5 bloggers you really should subscribe to in 2013.

1. Jon Loomer

Jon Loomer is a guy that’s been in my radar a little while now. He’s been a fairly regular commenter here in the last 12 months, and we’ve interacted on Facebook and Twitter as well – but it’s only recently that I really checked out his blog (thank you, Disqus Community options!) and I’m glad I did.

His blog primarily looks at how you can use Facebook for your business, as well as answering questions you may have on the platform in general. A mix of analysis, podcasts and interviews, it’s a great read for anyone looking to make the most of the world’s largest social network.

Subscribe to Jon’s blog here.

2. Lisa Gerber

I first got to know Lisa Gerber from working with her when she was part of Arment Dietrich, and I knew then that she was a smart cookie. Lisa recently left Arment Dietrich and started her own company, and her blog’s become a staple part of my reading diet.

Offering a mix of smart social media tactics, PR and communication best practices and more, Lisa’s Big Leap Creative blog will help you understand social media just that little bit more in 2013.

Subscribe to Lisa’s blog here.

3. Ryan Hanley

Ryan Hanley is someone else I’ve known for a little while now, and we’ve shared some great exchanges in the comments of both this blog and others across the web. Ryan has an interesting approach – his day job is in the insurance industry and he uses his content marketing blog to advise not only his peers in the industry, but also anyone who’s looking to use content to market their business.

Currently offering a mix of podcasts and the written word, Ryan has big plans for his blog next year, making now the perfect time to get to know him.

Subscribe to Ryan’s blog here.

4. Ralph Dopping

I was fortunate to meet Ralph Dopping (albeit very briefly) at a social media event in Toronto this past summer. I’d known him before then through Twitter and the comments on this blog, and meeting him in person just confirmed what I already knew – that he’s a really nice guy with a great sense of humour. He’s also a great blogger.

Ralph’s View From Here blog – which is a team effort with his partner Janine – does exactly what it says on the tin – it offers Ralph’s take on a wide variety of topics, from social media and business to architecture and design best practices. It really is a blog that offers something for everyone, and deserves your attention in 2013.

Subscribe to Ralph’s blog here.

5. Mickey Gomez

Mickey Gomez is one of my favourite people in the whole world. She’s smart, has a wicked sense of humour, and is also one of the kindest people I know too, who supports so many charitable causes – and helps raise awareness and money for them – I don’t know how she has any free time to blog. But I’m glad she does.

Her Life and How to Live It blog is chock-full of anecdotes, pithy quotes and personal stories that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure (although it’s the good, sentimental storytelling kind of cry). If you’re tired of the usual social media and marketing fare, Mickey’s blog is the perfect remedy. Even if you’re not, it’s still the perfect remedy – trust me.

Subscribe to Mickey’s blog here.

So there you have it – 5 bloggers that inspire me to think more, and who’ll do the same for you. Next up I’ll be looking at 5 blogs for you to watch in 2013, so I hope you can join me then.

In the meantime, which bloggers do you think we should be watching in 2013? The comments are yours.