Blogger Socialites: Anderson, Andrlik, Arauz, Armano
February 21, 2008 20 Comments
In the lead-up to this year’s Blogger Social (April 4-6, NYC), I’m attempting to gather brief “snapshots” of all the 75-odd registered bloggers. Hopefully, this will give me/us a head start on socializing with many new friends. Today, in our alphabetical pursuit of blogger profiling, the “A” team…
Tara works for a small tech outfit called Lijit, which provides search tools and stats for bloggers (you can get a Lijit Wijit at the site for your blog, if you are so inclined). Tara’s blog focuses mostly on life at Lijit, and it’s a great way for a small-ish start up tech company to get exposure. The tone of Tara’s blog is casual and personal, which seems to reflect the culture of the company. Lijit is located in Colorado, so Tara is coming a long ways to get to the Blogger Social!
This is how Tara is described on the Lijit site: Tara Anderson, Community Catalyst – Tara’s been a public school teacher, restaurant manager, stand-up comedienne, massage therapist, and is now in charge of evangelizing Lijit, which she does with aplomb. Tara spends her days reaching out to new and potential Lijit users, as well as generally finding ways to grow the Lijit community and get our message out there. She’s comfortable striking up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, anytime (unlike the rest of the folks here), but is still nerdy enough to represent.
Todd is the creator of the Power 150 (recently acquired by Advertising Age), a regularly updated listing of the most popular marketing blogs. His blog, ToddAnd Marketing and Media, is a treasure trove of marketing, advertising, PR, and blogging stuff. The layout is pleasant, with good use of graphics and white space, and Todd’s blogging interests are wide-ranging, so this is a good site for a broad overview of topics and links.
Todd directs marketing and PR for a construction firm and has also consulted with many others on marketing and PR issues. He and his (art teacher) wife have a silky Terrier, Wrigley, which may also indicate a certain sports team bias.
Here is how Mike describes himself on his blog:
Mike Arauz is interested in Media, Marketing, Technology, Photography, Film, Food, and Politics. This site is a place for you to discover the things that Mike thinks are interesting enough to pass on. Mike is a strategist, a futurologist, a digital anthropologist, at Undercurrent, and lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
And that’s exactly true…the blog is a “Mike mirror,” and the topics range from marketing to Barack Obama to social networking and lots more. Here is Mike’s LinkedIn profile (nice profile photo, btw), and a collection of very cool Flickr photos (here is a favorite of mine).
The Undercurrent website has an intriguing company self-description. Not quite sure what they do, exactly, but clearly, it’ll be interesting talking to Mike about it! And when you visit Mike’s website, you’ll note one of the “grittiest” header graphics that you’ve ever seen on a blog!
David is well-known in the blogger community for his tasteful blog, Logic + Emotion. David is an idea guy, and he specializes in very cool graphics, especially with overlapping circles. He is VP of Experience Design with a firm called Critical Mass, and his blog is heavily weighted toward marketing/design/blogging/business. Here is a recent post summarizing why he still blogs, after 2 years.
Courtesy of Google, we can find out about David’s Italian background, engage in Twitter talk (if that’s your thing), and get the full LinkedIn profile. But mostly, we can look forward to some great conversations in April with a very creative fellow!
Here is his personal website. I make numerous business trips to Chicago, and since he is in that area, I need to stop being lazy and set up a lunch meeting with him…
Here are the other registered attendees. I’ll try to do a couple more in the next day or so…