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Updated Z-list or Z-list 2.0

Posted by Becky Carroll on February 20, 2007

keys-heart.jpgWhen the Z-list was re-vitalized a few weeks ago by Maki, I found myself gazing into an entirely new set of blogs.  Some of them were very similar to my interests, some of them weren’t.  I also found it was hard to dig-in to the Z-list because it had expanded so much!  Then I noticed that Gavin Heaton was thinking about trying to organize it somehow, just as I had been thinking.  Sharon Sarmiento joined us, and we have now produced Z-list 2.0!

What, you might ask, is Z-list 2.0?  We took the last known version of the Z-list started by Mack Collier, added on as many of the new entries as we could track down, and then did a 10-word “description” of each blog.  After combining our work, we categorized the blogs by type.  At the end of this post, you will find the Z-list 2.0. 

We also created it in a Word version and in an Excel version for easier sorting.  I, for one, find this very helpful.  Now I can go and look at all of the marketing blogs, or all of the photography blogs and dig into those that look interesting.  I can also go and sort by location to find the bloggers in my area.

Gavin is putting this into a Wiki; more on that when it arrives.

I am sure Z-list 2.0 didn’t capture every blog ever to be on the Z-list because there are so many different versions of it!  Each site that posted a list got their list from a different site, as well as added different blogs to it, so the list really ebbed and flowed all over the ‘sphere.  When the Wiki is up, you can add any missing blogs into it, and hopefully, links!

This was a great exercise.  It forced me to take the time to go out to the many wonderful blogs on the list (something I kept putting off before).  I have added quite a few of them to my feed reader, and I look forward to making many more friendships through these new connections.  Thanks for the project, Gavin and Sharon.

All right, without further ado, here is Z-list 2.0.  Scroll down, enjoy, and tell us what you think (many of you already have on Gavin’s blog, so thanks)!

Blog
Name
Author Location Category 10 Word Description
Calico Monkey  Will Reinhardt Texas, USA Animation Focuses on
the ToonBoom software to create animation.
Women, Art,
Life: Weaving It All Together
Tammy
Vitale
Maryland,
USA
Art Art-focused,
including thoughts on the art that Tammy produces.
Woolgathering  Elizabeth
Perry
  Art Looking,
thinking, drawing, being
World Blog Collection ugyen   Blog
aggregator
Blog
listings categorized by type; goal to add 1000 links in ’07.
Blogging Secret Louiss Lim Malaysia Blogging Part
personal but mostly blogging related site.
Blogging to Fame Divya Uttam India Blogging All aspects
of online business from SEO to usability and blogging.
Blog-Op Chris Lodge   Blogging How to
improve your blogging by Chris and others.
Daily Blog Tips Daniel   Blogging Tips to
improve your blogging from tools to design.
Mike’s Money Making
Mission
Mike   Blogging Making money
using free blogs.
One Reader at a Time Bob Glaza   Blogging One
blogger’s experiment in building and engaging with online communities.
Ruminate this site The
Ruminator
Maine, USA Blogging Reviews
blogs and sites so that we don’t have to.
SMogger Social Media Blog Linda
Bustos
Vancouver,
Canada
Blogging The ethical
use of social media for bloggers and other web users.
SuccessCREEations  Chris Cree Georgia, USA Blogging Blog
Consultant bringing the twin passions of business and blogging together.
Successful Blog Liz Strauss   Blogging The
legendary Liz Strauss, blogger extraordinaire and creator of the SOB award.
Troy Worman’s Blog Troy Worman Jacksonville,
USA
Blogging Focus on
writing, ideas and connections
Copywriter’s
Crucible 
Matt
Ambrose
UK Blogging,
Copywriting
The
importance of copy in corporate blogging
Copywriting
Tuneups 
Eric Rosen   Blogging,
Copywriting
How to
measure reading effectiveness and why it is important in the blogosphere
Dipping into the Blogpond Meg Sydney,
Australia
Blogging,
Tech
Blogging
about starting an Internet company in the Sutherland Shire.
BrandSizzle Anne Simons   Branding Broad and
deep insight into the branding process.
Own Your
Brand! 
Mike Wagner Iowa, USA Branding Blog to help
businesses re-imagine their brands.
The Emerging Brand Anna
Farmery
UK Branding Corporate
branding blog focused on leadership.
The Engaging Brand Anna
Farmery
UK Branding Using
technology and marketing knowledge to improve business communications.
What is Brand?   Japan Branding Japanese
readers/speakers? Anyone?
Presentation Zen Garr
Reynolds
Japan Business (Site in
English) Tips for great presentations, marketing, and business
communications.
Bob Sutton Bob Sutton California,
USA
Business Discussions
of “jerks” in business.
Perspective Niti Bhan Asia Business Health,
wealth and the freedom to choose. 
Archived blog.  New one is
jugaad (http://www.nitibhan.com/jugaad).
Ramblings from a Glass Half Full Terry
Starbucker
Connecticut,
USA
Business Views on
business life.
Simplicity Mary’s Blog Mary
Schmidt
New Mexico,
USA
Business Business
development, marketing troubleshooting
Funny Business Scrambled
Toast
  Business
commentary
Wide ranging
discussion on business with a funny and pictorial approach.
Creative Think Roger von Oech  California,
USA
Business,
Creativity
Fun Ideas to
stimulate your creativity.
The Copywriting
Maven
Roberta
Rosenberg
Washington  DC, USA Copywriting Marketing
and SEO copywriting tips.
Brain Based Biz Robyn
McMaster
  Creativity Tips for
stirring creativity in business.
Experienceology Stephanie
Weaver
California,
USA
Customer
Experience
How to
create great customer experiences on the web and in the “real” world.
QAQNA Tom Vander
Well
Iowa, USA Customer
service
Business
blog on call centers, quality assessment, and customer service.
Shut Up and Drink the
Kool-Aid!
Tim Jackson   Cycling,
Blogging
The
irrepressible Tim MasiGuy Jackson and Co’s slant on bicycle marketing.
MineThatData Kevin
Hillstrom
  Database
Marketing
Tips for
database marketing from the viewpoint of a DM wiz.
Design Sojourn DT Sydney and
Singapore
Design How to do
good design and create clever products.
aialone JT (Jon)
Winebrenner
Canada Design, tech Design,
innovation, as well as Jon’s cartoons!
Frozen Puck Brock
Skywalker
Canada Eclectic Making cool
stuff with expensive toys
Africa Unchained Emeka
Okafor
  Economy Discussing
issues and solutions in Africa.
Energy Blog     Energy
Industry
News,
information and updates on the Energy generation industry.
Movie Marketing Madness Chris   Entertainment,
marketing
Marketing
with a focus on Hollywood.  No info on
About page.  
gDiapers Jason Oregon, USA Environment Corporate
blog discussing environmental issues.
Time to Budget Mona
Weathers
  Finance How to gain
financial freedom by controlling your finances.
Soloride Paul
Sanchez
California,
USA
Fundraising A project
raising awareness and funds for children with dyslexia and learning
differences
Girls Swimsuits Preety   Girls The name
says it all, new site, small archive.
Home Business Wiz Barbra
Sundquist
Canada Home
business
Collection
of resources about home business.
Working at Home on the Internet Joe Hauckes   Home
business, Blogging
Home
business entrepreneurs and making money from home
Kristie
T
Kristie
Tamsevicius
  Home
business, Online Money Making
Fun,
mom-geared work-at-home tips and advice on making money on the net.
Asia Inspection Community     Industrial Blog for
Inspection Engineers based in Asia. Includes job board.
Employment Law Colorado Peter
Mullison
Colorado,
USA
Law Resource for
employers and employees on Colorado employment law
Leading Questions Ed Brenegar USA Leadership Real life
leadership, organisational tranformation and practical tips for leaders of
all kinds.
Steve
Olson
Steve Olson   Life Chronicling
one family’s quest for personal freedom.
Make
It Great! 
Phil
Gerbyshack
Wisconsin,
USA
Life
coaching
How to take
your life from good to great by focusing on relationships.
You Already Know This
Stuff
Jodee Bock Fargo, USA Life
Coaching
Reminding us
all that what we need to know is already in our minds and hearts.
HolyMama!    USA Lifestyle Funny
perspective on life from a stay at home Christian mom.
My Marrakesh Maryam
Montegue
Morocco Lifestyle Expatriate
American with an eye for style, architecture and good living
Gangster Sonny     Mafia Fascinated
with all things mafia … from movies to weapons.
Talking Story Rosa Say Hawaii, USA Management Management
and leadership, Hawaiian style.
AENDirect Aen Tan Singapore Marketing Freelance
art director’s view on creativity and advertising
Being Peter Kim Peter Kim Massachusetts,
USA
Marketing Personal
insights from the depths of Forrester (note: this is his personal, not
Forrester, blog).
BizandBuzz  Gianandrea
Facchini
Rome, Italy Marketing Brand
building and marketing from an Italian perspective
bizsolutionsplus Lewis Green Connecticut,
USA
Marketing A passionate
and respected author, marketer and activist.
Blog
Till You Drop! 
Laurence-Hélène UK Marketing Marketing,
advertising, branding, blogging
Branding & Marketing Chris Brown Ohio, USA Marketing Designed for
business professionals with an interest in branding and marketing.
Business Garden   France Marketing French
readers/speakers?
Buzz Canuck Sean
Moffitt
Toronto,
Canada
Word of
Mouth
Passionate
exponent of word of mouth from Canada.
Buzzoodle Ron
McDaniel
Ohio, USA Word of
mouth, Marketing
Creating
buzz with word of mouth marketing.
Christine
Kane
Christine
Kane
  Marketing,
Music
A recording
artist, Christine harnesses the power of community to reach her audience.
CKs Blog Christina
Kerley
New York,
USA
Marketing Clever
strategies, the new best practices, and the smart marketers behind them.
Conversation Agent Valeria
Maltoni
Pennsylvania,
USA
Marketing Connecting
ideas and people—how talk can change our lives
converstations Mike
Sansone
Des Moines,
USA
Marketing,
blogging
Known as the
blogging yoda (for insight not looks), Mike is a conversation generator.
CrapHammer Sean Howard Canada Marketing Marketing
using new media.
Customers Rock! Becky
Carroll
California,
USA
Marketing,
Customer Experience
Marketing
the customer experience; its importance for businesses.
Diva Marketing Toby
Bloomberg
Atlanta, USA Marketing The Diva
herself, aligning technology, marketing and branding for businesses.
Dmitry Linkov Dmitry
Linkov
Moscow,
Russia
Marketing,
Business
Everyday and
business issues
Drew’s Marketing Minute Drew
McLellan
USA Marketing,
Eclectic
Where
strategy and passion collide
eSoup Sharon
Sarmiento
Alabama, USA Marketing,
Entrepreneurism
Productivity,
marketing, web media, small biz development and other stuff entrepreneurs
ought to know.
Flooring the Consumer C. B.
Whittemore
New Jersey,
USA
Marketing,
Customer Experience
Improving
the consumer experience, particularly in flooring (carpeting)
Get
Shouty! 
Katie
Chatfield
Sydney,
Australia
Marketing,
Planning
Digital
strategy and thoughts on blogging.
Golden Practices Michelle
Golden
  Marketing Thoughts on
marketing for professional services firms, including lawyers and CPAs.
Hee-Haw
Marketing
Paul
McEnany
Texas, USA Marketing There is no
box. New media marketing strategy thrown together with a few cuss words and a
dash of panache.
Hola! Oi! Hi! Katia Adams New York,
USA
Marketing,
Multicultural
Thoughts of
a Brazilian newly arrived in the US with a marketer’s point of view.
Jeremy Latham’s Blog Jeremy
Latham
Vancouver,
Canada
Marketing A
marketing-business oriented blog on website development.
John Wagner John Wagner Texas, USA Marketing News and
views on marketing, advertising, media, PR and grass-roots communications
Kinetic Ideas Wendy
Maynard
Oregon, USA Marketing Marketing
tips, ideas, strategies, and musings for small businesses.
Logic + Emotion David
Armano
Chicago, USA Marketing The
intersection of marketing, brand engagement and experience design. How to
turn your passive consumers into active brand participants.
Marketing Hipster Cord
Silverstein
Raleigh, USA Marketing Online
oriented blog on marketing and web 2.0 tools.
Marketing Nirvana Mario
Sundar
USA Marketing How corporate marketers can
leverage the web & social media for better results
Multi-Cult Classics HighJive   Marketing,
Advertising
Musings on
Multiculturalism in the Ad Industry and Beyond.
Nick Rice Nick Rice Kentucky,
USA
Marketing,
branding
Marketing
strategy combined with creative thinking and design.
On Influence & Automation Douglas A.
Karr
Indiana, USA Marketing A marketing
and technology blog
OTOInsights Jeremi
Karnell
  Marketing Corporate
blog focusing on using technology to create and sustain customer
conversations. 
Pardon My French Eric
Frenchman
New Jersey,
USA
Marketing Online
strategy and marketing with great case studies of real projects.
Pow! Right Between The
Eyes!
Andy Nulman   Marketing The
importance of surprise in business
Purple Wren Sandy
Renshaw
Iowa, USA Marketing Tools
and techniques for communicating life through print and images.  
Servant of Chaos Gavin
Heaton
Sydney,
Australia
Marketing Gavin’s rant
on the world of branding and storytelling.
Shotgun Marketing Blog Chris
Houchens
Kentucky,
USA
Marketing Musings on
marketing and related ideas.
Small Business Blogging Andy
Wibbels
Chicago, USA Marketing,
Tech
Using web
media to market your business
Tell Ten Friends Jordan
Behan
Canada Marketing Marketing
using new media to make connections.
The Branding Blog Martin
Jelsema
  Marketing Branding
principals, opinions and prejudices he’s developed
The Experience Curve Karl Long California,
USA
Marketing,
Social Media
Social media
and marketing from an experiential point of view.
The Instigator Blog Ben
Yoskovitz
Montreal,
Canada
Marketing Entrepreneurial
focus on marketing, ideas and building your business
The Marketing Minute Drew
McLellan
Iowa, USA Marketing Expert
insight into marketing and branding. And Drew loves Disneyland.
The
Viral Garden 
Mack
Collier
Alabama, USA Marketing Mr Community
leads the way in using technology to create conversation.
Two Hat Marketing Steve
Miller
Washington,
USA
Marketing Views on
targeted marketing.
Unconventional Thinking Chris Kieff New York,
USA
Marketing The art and
science of growing businesses
Viaspire A biz
blog—Viaspire
  Marketing Marketing
and Communications consulting firm blog
Popcorn n Roses TC Kirkham
and Kim Brown
Massachusetts,
USA
Movies Movie
industry blog with reviews and musings.
Current World news     News “Breaking”
news across a couple of categories. Small archive.
Choice
at Your Fingertips 
    News,
Blogging
News and
tips for making money blogging. No archive.
Blogtrepreneur Adnan UK Online Money
Making
How to be an
online entrepreneur and also build community!
Can I Make Big Money Online George
Brian Manty
  Online Money
Making
Tips for
making money online including research, design and blogging.
Dosh Dosh Maki   Online Money
Making
Trying to
source legitimate methods for making money online.
Internet Bazaar Guhan
Mathivanan
  Online
Making Money
Tips and
ideas for making money online.
Kumiko’s Cash Quest Kumiko Tokyo, Japan Online Money
Making
Trying to
make money online and sharing the experience.
Million Dollar Experiment heads
Down Under
Rob St
George
New Zealand Online Money
Making
Can thinking
positively make you a cool mill? Rob hopes so.
Money Spider

Quest to make money on the internet

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Above Popular Mark   Personal Motivated to
make the world a better place.
Critical Fluff Jayniek Maryland,
USA
Personal Ranks
various things in life with mulligans, crabapples, and pineapples. 
Forged Euphoria     Personal Some
sponsored links.
OrbitNow!  Troy Worman Florida, USA Personal Miscellaneous
musings
The Sartorialist     Photography,
fashion
Photos of
fashion on the streets, geared to inspire designers.
Bullshitobserver Todd
Anthony
  Politics Politics and
commentary.
New
Millenium PR
Andrea
Weckerle
  PR Bringing
business, branding, marketing and PR together.
The New PR Ryan
Anderson
Ottawa,
Canada
PR Public
relations in the online world.
Carpe Factum Timothy
Johnson
  Project
Management
Blog that
focuses on the things you need to do to accomplish things. Especially big
things.
Work, in Plain English Penina S
Finger
  Project
Management
A design and
marketing focused blog on project management. Interesting mix!
turned out David
Turner
Illinois,
USA
Religion Minister
blogging to connect everyone with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Evolution…not just a theory anymore Greg Laden Minnesota,
USA
Science,
Religion
Creation vs
evolution, commentary and archaeology by an independent scholar.
SEO Blog     SEO New site on
SEO and use of blogs to improve rankings.
Flee the Cube ICesar California,
USA
Small
Business
Starting up
a small business in web design.
Community Guy Jake McKee Dallas, USA Social media Online and
offline community building tips and tricks.
A Free and Decent Blog Host Unfathomed_Psyche   Tech Technology
news focusing on blogs and blog software
Billions With Zero Knowledge Austin Hill Canada Tech,
Business
Changing the
world with little bits of knowledge
Connected Internet Everton
Blair
London, UK Tech All things
to do with technology, mobile phones and gaming.
darrenbarefoot.com Darren
Barefoot
Canada Tech,
marketing
Tech news,
writing and marketing
Deepak Deepak   Tech Focuses on
the technology of the Internet and loves Google.
MapleLeaf 2.0 Mark Evans  Canada Tech Tech news
stories relating to Canada
Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn Scott
Burkett
Georgia, USA Tech Musings on
technology, IT management, and online community.
Small Surfaces Gabriel
White
  Tech Interaction
design, user interface design, user experience, usability and social trends
related to mobile devices.
TechBuzz Thilak Mangalore,
India
Tech Tech new and
reviews written by 17 year old in India. Awesome.
Masey.com Rob
Masefield
  Travel Design and
photography blog.
Through the Lenses Jas Vancouver,
Canada
Travel,
Photography
Travel/photography
blog includes stunning shots and photography tips.
Travel And Vacation On Blog     Travel Lightweight
travel guide/destination information on selected cities. Needs more.
The Best Guides to eCommerce with
Favor
    Viral
marketing
Viral
marketing tools, memes and SEO tips.
Web Metrics Guru Marshall
Sponder
  Web
analytics
Web
analytics, in particular for blogs
The Future of the Web Jesse
Skinner
Canada Web
Development
Use of new
technologies for the web.
Social Media on the
fly
Mark
Krupinski
Florida, USA Web media,
blogging
Learning
social media on the fly
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18 Responses to “Updated Z-list or Z-list 2.0”

  1. Hey Becky … your version looks much better than mine! I am jealous! There are a few that dropped out … so it looks like there may be a Z-list v2 v2!

  2. Becky,

    You guys rock! What a great project. Mack’s original love-fest reborn in such a cool way with all new power… I feel a group hug coming on.

    Seriously, great work. I applaud the three of you for your hard work.

    Thank you!

  3. Hi Gavin, I was thinking the same thing about your site! ;-) And yes, I think the z-list will keep getting revised as more sites tell us they are missing. I look forward to reviewing the additional blogs!

    Tim, you rock, too (especially since you are from my neck of the woods)! What I love about this cool new list is the way it highlights the original intent of the z-list: find out more about cool new blogs you may not know much about. It is so much more than just linking!

  4. Simply amazing to see what you guys have done with what was originally one post with 5 blogs on it. Wow. It was definitely getting to be a bit of a beast, but you three tamed it admirably! Well done!

  5. As one of those 5 blogs, I once again have to say Thank You! to you, Mack. You really helped me kick-start all of this, and I am forever grateful. Taming the new list was the least I could do!

  6. Hi Becky, What a great outcome for a lot of work. Thanks. One site missing is Ellen Weber’s Brain Based Business, http://www.brainbasedbusiness.com. I know you are looking for missing blogs and hers is one you need to add.

  7. wow – it’s on the move again – I’ve been elsewhere and not paying attention (technorait won’t look me up for some reason, I have to go in through one of the blogs I know I’m on) – and then I find this!. WOW! Amazing work! Thanks!

  8. Bravo!! You guys rock for thinking of this and even more so for the sweat equity of doing it!

    Drew

  9. Becky,
    Thanks for the link. And I love the blog. You rock.

    Troy

  10. ugyen said

    Awesome Stuffs!!! Will try and get it done in my World Blog Collection!!! kudos to all!!

  11. [...] blog. Alternatively, you can get a clearer view of the blogs on the Z List by visiting this post on Becky’s [...]

  12. Maki said

    The list looks great .. thanks Becky!

    Just updated my post on the Z List to include a link to this list. :)

  13. louiss said

    Thanks becky, at least have a malaysian like me in the list, haha! Cheer, mayb all blogger make money and money make money! hahaha! :D

  14. Becky:
    I have one word for you: WOW. That is a ton of work and infinitely more helpful than just the list of links. Thanks so much for the time and effort it took to compile and arrange all of these.
    Outstanding!!
    Chris Brown
    Branding & Marketing

  15. Hey thank you so much for posting this and including this little blogger all the way in Marrakech. Okay, I need to go now and poke around your blog:-)

  16. Adnan said

    Hey Becky.
    Thanks so much for the linkout – much appreciated ;)
    Keep up the good work,
    Adnan

  17. Chris Cree said

    Becky, You guys put a TON of work into this one. The Z-List Redux! Talk about making a good thing better. Wow! Thanks bunches.

  18. [...] following the Z-list as it transformed into Z-list 2.0, I was reminded how highly incestuous the blogosphere really is: Everybody’s got a blogroll, [...]

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