Blogroll Additions

I’ve made a few additions to my blogroll (really a link to all of the sites I enjoy reading, watching, etc. – not just blogs) area to the left. As I like to read them all, and believe they are worth checking out, I thought that I would go ahead and highlight them:

Ask A Ninja – Ask A Ninja is a comedic video podcast that features a … ninja. It’s hard to explain, but very funny. This type of content is one of my favorite things about the internet.

Cameron Reilly – Cameron runs The Podcast Network where I host The Community Admin Show. Because of this, I have got to know him pretty well and he’s a nice, helpful guy when it comes down to it.

Homestar Runner – You probably know Homestar Runner. It’s an online cartoon, possibly best known for it’s Strong Bad e-mails. Very funny stuff. I’ve always linked to it and talked about it, but I never added it to my list of links. Done.

Ryan Leslie – Ryan Leslie runs NextSelection Lifestyle Group, “a music-focused media company.” In addition to that, he’s also a music producer, songwriter and an artist himself (R&Bish singer). I found him through me being a huge fan of Bad Boy. He’s a Bad Boy producer – one of The Hitmen – which basically means that Bad Boy represents him as far as his production work is concerned. He’s produced tracks for Britney Spears, Loon, Beyonce, B5, Cheri Dennis, etc. He works with Diddy. I’ve listened to some of his own songs, as well, and I do like them (Used 2 Be with Fabolous is a good one).

He is utilizing the internet in a good way. One thing that has bothered me about Bad Boy is the decided lack of effort that put forth online. It would really only take one person to keep their sites updated with new content, etc. Give them a reason to come back! Updates to Bad Boy’s site are treated like once in a while events, which is not how it should be. On the other hand, Mr. Leslie keeps his blog fresh with new content very regularly. This is a good thing. A lot of people know who he is and most of those people know who he is because of the internet. He built his own press. This is what the internet allows for and it is up to people to work hard and harness it to separate themselves from the pack.

I actually had the opportunity to talk to him over the phone yesterday. I wanted to find out something for a story at Bad Boy Blog, so I e-mailed him (we had traded e-mails previously, very briefly) and he sent me a phone number to call. Funny story. I call it and ask for Mr. Leslie and they act like I had the wrong number. I take it they get some crazy calls, so it was just a screening process. He was to the point, but pretty cordial. He didn’t just give me a short answers, but actually put some explanation behind them, which was nice. He’s not that old – only 5 years older than me. So, as another young entrepreneur, I look at him in an inspirational manner. He’s grinding and working hard to make his dreams a reality – I can certainly emphasize with that.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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