Back in July, I was struck with a brilliant idea: I've discovered so many writers over the past few years that have informed, educated, entertained, and inspired. Why not share them with the rest of the world?
And so my first list of recommended writers was born: Want to Be Smarter and More Emotionally Intelligent? Start Reading These 10 Writers Today.
The tremendous response I received resulted in the birth of a sequel one month later -- another list of recommendations, this time with an emphasis on the theme of productivity. Again, readers expressed appreciation and shared enthusiastically.
So, I've decided to continue paying it forward. Every month (or two) I'll release a new list of writers that add value to my work and daily life -- in hopes that they do the same for you. (You may notice a number of the writers on these lists have relatively small readerships. This adds to the "hidden gem" aspect of it all.)
So, without further adieux, this month's list of writers that will leave you better informed, smarter, and chuckling:
1. Katie Carroll
As a social media editor at LinkedIn, Ms. Carroll's day job includes analyzing, implementing, and strategizing social media for LinkedIn Pulse -- the award-winning app that aggregates news from around the world (and professional opinions from over one million LinkedIn bloggers).
As a writer, she recently joined the team of authors responsible for LinkedIn's "Daily Pulse" column, which is a quick run-down of the day's most important headlines (accompanied by her witty commentary). In addition, Katie covers everything pop culture in a style that easily draws you in: Just check out her piece on the future of Netflix or her take on how Taylor Swift took on Apple -- and won.
You can find her LinkedIn author page here.
2. Terri Trespicio
I discovered Terri last year when we were both featured on a startup publishing app (that's since been acquired by Dropbox). Terri's a publishing and media veteran: She worked for almost a decade as a magazine editor, and has held positions as a freelance writer, radio host, media coach, content director, TED speaker, and branding consultant. (Oh yeah, I forgot about the brief stints in a Disney show and hip-hop dance troupe in Boston.)
Her writing style is frank, matter-of-fact, and refreshing. She tells us what we need to hear, not always what we want to hear -- but in a way that makes us beg for more. (Here's one of my favorite pieces from Terri, advising when it's okay to work for free.)
Find her homepage here.
3. Karthik Rajan
His popularity rising in recent months, Karthik Rajan brands himself as one who "enjoys writing at the intersection of analytics and human relationships". His multicultural background and diverse work experiences give him a unique voice, and he owns the ability to blend hard data with captivating anecdotes from his daily life. (Here's a great one about how to use Seinfeld to build relationships.)
Rajan writes for the Huffington Post and publishes frequently on LinkedIn. Find his author page here.
4. Lynne Everatt
Lynne describes herself as a "writer with a cheeky streak".
Her posts are smart, insightful...and flat out funny. Fans describe her as possessing "the uncanny ability to make [them] laugh and think at the same time." (For example, check out her hilarious take on Wal-Mart's recent shareholders' meeting. It's classic.)
Lynne has worked as a columnist for a number of years and has also published two books. Find her LinkedIn author page here.
5. Bill Murphy, Jr.
Best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, and fellow Inc.com columnist Bill Murphy's writing is simultaneously informative, engaging, and pretty hysterical. Wondering which bad habits are preventing you from finding success? Or how about the good ones that validate your professionalism? Murph handles both topics in the way that only he can.
I find Bill manages a great mix of shrewd and sarcastic without becoming acerbic -- not an easy feat. No doubt this is one reason his column "Action Required" has become among the most widely read here on Inc.com.
Find his author page here.
6. Farhad Manjoo
I didn't follow Manjoo's work on purpose. I just kept stumbling across great articles about technology -- pieces that helped me grasp complex issues through a delicate balance of big picture and minutiae, long and short-term, older and younger perspectives.
Then one day I noticed that all those articles were written by one person -- The New York Times technology columnist.
If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of a field that is changing faster than ever, complemented by sharp commentary on how that field is impacting society as we know it, then Manjoo's your man.
Find his column here.
What about you? Any writers you especially enjoy? Make sure to leave a comment in the section below.