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As I sit here writing this post I’m realizing that each of these people have been here before. They each started somewhere, as I am and as you are, they each worked hard and made waves to get to where they are now. What’s even more interesting is that they don’t know I’m writing about them, or that they’ve taught me so much.
And on top of all that – They may never even see this post.
But, I’m okay with that. It doesn’t change the fact that I want to share what they have shared with me – with you.
These names, their websites, and even the links that I’m sharing today might be familiar to some, but that doesn’t change the underlying purpose of this post. If I can introduce just one person to one of these five people I’ve done my job.
So, here we go!
Trey Ratcliff – Stuck in Customs
Trey is an interesting, outspoken, yet still a very humble fellow. He’s been someone that I’ve followed from the very start of my photography career and has always been an inspiration. I love his photography, and because he’s kind enough to offer it for us bloggers to use under creative commons, I’ve included a photograph of his in this post – Don’t you just love it?
What I’ve learned from Trey has been two fold.
Like this one – it’s absolutely stunning!
If you’re looking for some inspiration definitely check Trey out and he might just help you find it!
Thomas Hawk – Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection
Thomas Hawk is another great photographer and a very different style from Trey’s. He is someone who I’ve only recently started to follow and I have already found him to be an exciting voice in the field of photography. I love his Photo Talk Plus series which is similar to that of Trey’s Variety Hour, but different enough to be its own thing.
I really love the fact that his photography is so much different than that of Trey’s. One of my main goals in my photography career is to take inspiration from a variety of sources and discover my own style as a mixture of all that incoming inspiration. I urge you to do the same.
Darren Rowse – Digital Photography School
No photography leader round up would be complete without the mention of the Digital Photography School founder Darren Rowse. I mean, this place that he has created is thriving with people willing to help you fine tune your skill behind the lens.
If you’re new to the photo world and haven’t found DPS yet you should definitely head over to the forums and start browsing around. I’d suggest that you go so far as to even sign up and ask questions or maybe take part in their weekly photo challenges if you’re up for it! (but please don’t stop with Phogropathy’s Photo Shares I love seeing your shots).
Overall it’s impossible to pick just one post that truly helped me become the photographer I am today, but this post about how to photograph Fireworks should be relevant to those in the States in a couple of weeks ;).
Darren Rowse – Problogger
Okay, even if you know Darren from DPS, you might not know that he also runs a blog about blogging – and it is an awesome resource. Again, similar to DPS, this site is community driven with guest authors submitting the bulk of the content. I really like this model as it gives the readers a lot of diverse opinions and perspectives on common problems.
However, something that really showcases his thoughts on building a blog and growing it into a business isn’t actually from Problogger at all, but is found in this post from the soon to be mentioned Brian Clark. This post features an interview with Darren about how he’s brought DPS to where it is today – A multimillion dollar a year business!
Brian Clark – Copyblogger
Do you do any kind of marketing? Well you better bookmark Coppyblogger.com because this resource is amazing!
Copyblogger is a site that will help you up the anti when it comes to creating an online persona and of course, driving sales. Combining what they are doing here with all the information on Darren’s ProBlogger you will have a great head start when looking to create an amazing content rich website that builds a relationship with your readers.
Brian has not only taught me how to become a better writer…
But he’s taught me how to solve some common problems as well.
In this article - The 5-Step Process that Solves Three Painful Writing Problems - Brian illustrates how we, the blogger, can get those first words written, cut the fat, and finally finish the article and publish it to your growing fan base. It’s a great read, as are the many other articles over at Copyblogger, do check them out if you’re a site owner or if you just want to improve your writing.
Leo Babauta – Zen Habits
Leo is an inspiration in and of himself. His site is amazing and should be read by everyone, but one article that stands out for me is How to Live Well. Here Leo talks about how we really don’t need much in life to be happy, so long as we are happy with what we have. We tend to live an a world that always wants more in life. We want more things, more money, more anything, but if you’re always wanting more can you ever truly be happy?
That’s the question Leo raises, and tries to answer, within this post and it’s definitely worth the read if you have the time.
It’s good to have goals, and wants, but it’s also good to put things in perspective and to be happy with who and where you are. I’ve started to really take this to heart and am extremely grateful for all that I have today and I hope that you too are grateful for who you are and where you’re going.
I’d love to here who you follow out there in this big interconnected world of the internet and what you’ve learned from them! Please take a moment to share some thoughts below and of course, share this post with friends and strangers alike so everyone can learn and contribute to the discussion as well.
Thank you for reading!