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Thinking blogger awards

Unlike most pyramid schemes, if I break the chain of the “thinking blogger award“, I don’t end up with a life of unhappiness or the loss of multiple limbs.

Nevertheless, it’s a great honor to make Amelia‘s list and it is a pleasure to name some more blogs which inspire me. Obviously these are the tip of a large social-media-shaped iceberg, and not one of them matches up to Amelia’s own posts, which I await with a feverish anticipation normally reserved for teenage girls on the eve of  a new Busted album.

1. Antony on Open. Inspirational and persistent. Spent a year telling me again  and again why blogs weren’t just newsgroups from the 90s with a new name, and didn’t say “told you so” when I started my own. Constantly full of new takes and a resolute understanding of what’s going on.

2. RMM London. Consistently fascinating, witty and understated.

3. Creating Passionate Users. I don’t know how it ended up in my reader. Looking for a quote about usability I think and then I found this amazing repository of thinking which extends design from functional basics to the most fantastically sophicated thoughts about usability and user engagement. I still refer back to Kathy Sierra’s posts regularly. There are some real classics. I hope with time she will feel she can return to bringing us her beautiful insights.

4. AdLiterate from Richard Huntingdon. Pound for pound, the most insightful blog on the internet. Sometimes caustic, always engaging, brilliantly written and with fab illustrations. 

5. Russell Davies, of course. I’m sure I can’t be the first to nominate him.  Fascinating thoughts, beautifully written. I’d love to know what his five are.

Right guys, keep the chain within five days or your coffee will curdle and your wallpaper will peel.

Five things

I got tagged by Antony from Open in Jeff Pulver’s Five Things People Don’t Know About Me game. It’s a pyramid scheme for the noughties! With the currency being what? Link equity?

 No doubt Antony or Jon will be finding a cunning way to map these links back together to work out who really is “it”.

  1. I was in a couple of bands at university, playing guitar occassionally and doing some recording and producing: Song Star and Marmalade Cat. Best writing credit was probably for “Talk to me” (a song I co-wrote about a girl I had a horrible, teenage crush on).
  2. I spent a year after A-Levels teaching maths in a rural school in Zimbabwe. No running water or electricity and lots of 22 year-olds still resitting their exams!
  3. My middle name, Alexander is the name of the street I was born on, because my parents weren’t expecting twins and had to divide the names up!
  4. I started my working life doing crappy newsgroup postings for PeopleBank (one of the first overpriced dotcoms) before a few years in “real” media!
  5. I was the Somerfield Magazine agony uncle (“Ask Tom”) answering bizarre questions on teenage relationships when I was assistant editor there.

Next in line. Five people I’d like to hear from Jon Leach; Amelia Torode; Leo, Matt and Ian at RMM (sorry if that’s cheating but it’s Christmas Eve and I’ve got wrapping to do!)