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The influencers pictured in the featured photo are mine and some of Janice Wald’s most influential bloggers. This post resulted from preparing to review Janice Wald’s book on blogging, Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog. I added a few not on the list below. How many of them do YOU know?


Influencers are not always famous. Pictured here is my friend Spencer Morris who passed in October 2016. He was one of my personal influencers. 

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You checked out all the influencers’ links I’ve posted and researched from Mostly Blogging Janice Wald Janice’s book, Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog Chapter Three. 

Finally, I completed my research on all of Janice’s 50+ expert influencers.

Expert Notes on Nine Influencers

  1. MeMee has a personable, philosophical writing style that makes you think. She also hosts some linky challenges. Here’s one. “If you’d like to play Words Crush Wednesday along with me here are the details: Cut/paste and follow these 3 simple rules: (see details on her blog) … I host a monthly poetry event/challenge …. Memee’s Musings came about from a time of personal crisis and is a piece of the journey … each day she finds herself wading rivers, climbing mountains, weathering storms and crossing tightropes.” 
  2. She works from home helping people blog with WP “I design sites using a mobile-responsive theme. I listen to you to learn the goals and dreams for your blog or church website and then create a site to help you achieve those goals. I spend my days (and nights) working from home as an e-commerce business manager, homeschooling mom, blogger, crafter, designer, and digital technician.”
  3. Neil Patel is well-respected in the blogging world. He’s quoted by other pro bloggers other than Janice. That’s a good indicator. You go to a landing page that asks for your information and it analyzes your website. Finally, you can go to his blog. The first post 33 Writing Tweaks That Will Turn You into a Copywriting Master. I think there are 173 pages of clicks – a whole book!
  4. He did a post about mural painting in San Diego. He sounds like someone I would like. He walks and takes pictures as he walks. “Richard Schulte Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.” I will definitely keep him in mind when I go to San Diego next. It’s one of my favorite cities.
  5. What an interesting woman, Sally Cronin. She writes books, practices nutrition. “I began studying Nutrition and the human body twenty years ago and I opened my first diet advisory centre in Ireland in 1998. Over the last 18 years, I have practiced in Ireland and the UK as well as written columns, articles and radio programmes on health and nutrition. I published my first book with a Canadian self-publisher in the late 90s and since then have republished that book and released eight others as part of our own self-publishing company. Apart from health I also enjoy writing fiction in the form of novels and short stories.” We are now Twitter friends. 
  6. has tools for any website. “We help check site info fully feature: google page rank, alexa rank, traffic rank, html analysis, visitor Analysis.” You can find out about any website. It shows your IP address when you are on the site. There is a reverse IP address tool which reminds me of a reverse address directory. Great tools! Do not expect this blog to be personable. 
  7.  “Shawn Griffith Author Blogger Character Developer decided he needed a place to collect and share wisdom, tips, tricks, advice passed down to all of us by our parents, grandparents, and others.  Thoughts on being a better friend, spouse, parent, sibling, etc. Tips and tricks to live a better, cheaper, more efficient, more productive, fuller life.  Wisdom and advice to help us persevere and grow.” Shawn’s website feels personable.
  8. From his most popular post, “Most of your blog readers never read more than a quarter of your articles. In fact, many of them leave within the first 3 seconds of landing on your blog, never to return.” That scared me into reading, BUT the content was LOCKED! You had to tweet something in order to read the rest of the content. Cool! Post author, “Jawad Khan is a content marketing consultant and a freelance blogger for hire. Follow him on his blog, WritingMyDestiny, Twitter and Google+” I posted two tweets while reading the post, and I commented. The blog owner had an automatic responder – so cool! “Thanks For Commenting Hey, In case you don’t know I’m Stuart Walker owner of and I want to seriously say “thanks” for commenting (this will be weird if you just insulted me!)…” 
  9. This blog is about superheroes, which doesn’t appeal to me. However, you may feel differently. The site has a lot of followers and quite a few guest posts. “Hi! *waves.*  I’m Gene’O, the resident mastermind at this fine blog. It’s my job to welcome you to the party. So, welcome! Or, as I like to say on Twitter, #WelcomeToTheMadTeaParty. … This is not a personal blog. It’s an engine of Internet mayhem fueled by the contributions of friendly bloggers.” I like his professionalism. Very cool!

Influencers Summary and Reflection

My goal in this post is to boil these tips down to essentials that new bloggers and committed amateurs can use to meet their blogging goals.

Influencers exist in every field. Janice Wald is one of my blogging friends and influencers. She works hard at “Mostly Blogging” so I respect her opinions.

This list of Influencers is not exhaustive. Several of her many influencers have already become new friends of mine as well. If you’re getting started blogging, making Janice Wald’s influencers a part of YOUR community is a great way to jumpstart your blog. But don’t neglect to start keeping a record of who your influencers are in the field you most enjoy.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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