This is an update on my swivel feeds experiment, in which I ask bloggers I read to help me rebuild my reading list by adding 5 of their favorite blogs to the list. I’ve had a generally positive response so far, and my new reading list is coming together nicely, with a diverse and interesting mix of bloggers. When the list is complete, I will share it and upload an OPML file for those who are interested.
Here’s how it works. Every few days I ask a group of 8 of my favorite bloggers to each recommend 5 blogs to add to the list. I’ll post the recommended blogs in a subsequent update, and add them to my swivel feeds list. Each update has a list of the recent blog recommendations, followed by the next 8 bloggers who I am asking to add blogs to the list.
Here are the swivel feeds recommendations so far from the fifth group, plus any stragglers from prior groups. Note that, when possible, I designate blogs by the name of the blogger, because I like to know who I’m talking to.
Nashville Is Talking
I have subscribed to all of the recommended blogs, and all but two of them are new to me.
These blogs join the following prior recommendations and participants in the fourth edition of my new reading list.
From Group 5 I haven’t heard from Guy Kawasaki, Henry Blodget, Hugh MacLeod, Ian Delaney, Ilker Yoldas or Jake Ludington. From Group 4 I haven’t heard from Donna Bogatin, Eric Scalf, Frank Gruber or Fred Wilson. I’m a little discouraged by the lack of response from those groups, but we’ll soldier on. My general policy is to assume non-participation after 2 weeks.
From Group 3, Dave Winer (surprise of surprises) and Doc Searls did not respond. Both have been dropped from the swivel feeds list, but both get a “sponsor’s exemption” and will remain on my personal reading list.
Now for the next 8 bloggers, who I am asking to add 5 blogs to the list:
Jay Neely: Jay is a relatively new read for me, but he is spot on when it comes to social networking issues and other tech topics.
JD Lasica: JD writes about citizens’ media and related topics. I’ve read his blog for quite a while.
Jeff Balke: Jeff is a web developer, musician, photographer and blogger from Houston.
Jeff Pulver: Jeff writes about VOIP and a wide range of other topics. He’s a very well known blogger.
Jeneane Sessum: Jeneane is one of my long time reads. She turns a phrase like a great songwriter. Hopefully, she’ll use her cool new laptop to give me some blog recommendations.
Jeremiah Owyang: Jeremiah writes about Podcasting, video blogging and citizen journalism. Another long time read.
Jeremy Zawodny: Jeremy writes about blogging, flying and all sorts of tech-related topics.
Jimmy Huen: A new read, Jimmy writes about his experiences as the founder of an internet start-up here in Houston.
That’s the sixth group of bloggers I’m asking to help rebuild my reading list. If you’re willing, please recommend 5 of your favorite blogs to add to the list. Use the comments, your blog or email, whichever you prefer.