Six months ago, my daily fix of blogs and Twitters originated in the US or Canada Whether it was Jeremiah Owyang, Jay Rosen or Mark Potts, their posts and Tweets provided me with a swift and fascinating education in both new and social media.
But I have noticed how my RSS subscriptions have begun to change. My list, once dominated by US and Canadian bloggers and Twitterers, is increasingly peppered with UK and Irish ones.
There have always been good UK and Irish bloggers on new or social media. But some of those attracting my attention have appeared only during 2008 or, even more recently, 2009. Some are former journalists and media executives turning their hand to blogging for the first time, the new wave I predicted late last year.
Here is a list of US/Canadian bloggers and Twitterers I admire and their UK/Irish equivalents.
Comparisons of online media
- Mark S Luckie’s 10000 words is at its best when it publishes one of its comparative lists such as 8 Interactive online projects that educate and captivate.
Why not try out Martin Belam’s Currybet with its equally ambitious and detailed comparisons. Just last week the UK’s Bellam kicked off a four part series contrasting the navigation on UK national papers.
The future of newspapers
- Jay Rosen, New York University’s maverick professor of journalism, cannot be bettered for Tweets which question the role of journalism in this digital age. Follow and learn.
Back in the UK (although from the US himself) is uberactive Ben LaMothe who fills the Twittersphere with breaking news about the US and UK news industry.
Analysis of B2B magazines
- Paul Conleyhas led the tiny B2B community of bloggers for years with his detailed analysis of the US sector’s failings and finality.
In the UK Rory Brown, previously of Incisive, launched his blog late last year and Neil Thackray, formerly Quantum and Nexus, kicked his off only a fortnight ago. Both write with the confidence of years at the top empowering them to raise issues that were once swept under the carpet.
Short, sharp lessons in writing posts
- The US writer Seth Godinisn’t inspirational just for his opinions. His writing also motivates you to improve your own style and his counterintuitive opinions challenge your own views.
Gloucestershire-born Richard Millington (although now temporarily locate in the Baltic States) only started Feverbeelast year. But his posts show a rare focus and his writing style evokes the minimalism of Godin (the UK blogger did an internship with the US guru). Is this the UK’s future Godin?
What about local papers?
- The Media Managerby Kirk LaPointe, also editor of the Vancouver Sun, is essential reading for any journalist in north America who wants to keep up to speed with rapid changes in the industry. His output is phenomenal with around 25 posts a week.
We now have our own LaPointe in Jon Slattery, the former deputy editor of Press Gazette. Jon’s blog covers so much of the J-news in the UK that one blogger has already questioned whether he needs to read both Jon and the Press Gazette.
How technology impacts on life
- I’ve always loved Sarah Lacy’s blogfor her opinions and her “go shove-it” attitude towards start-ups and technology. She now joins TechCrunch while editor Michael Arrington takes a break from the stalkers.
The entrepreneurs/ start-ups
- The US has Kevin Rose, owner of Digg, a celebrity on Twitter, a very visual blog and a liver of life.
Are there any other bloggers or Twitterers that you would add to the list?
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