Trimming in Public – Part 5

Cleaning out my RSS, ten feeds at a time –

James Whatley / BW


Let’s do this –

blending the mix
The blog of northern digital/social specialist, Paul Fabretti – I think this may have been one of the first/earliest subscriptions back in the day and I’ve also had a the good fortune of getting to meet Paul from time to time too. He doesn’t blog that often (he’s a busy boy), but when he does – I always read it. If you’re into social media / digital and want to keep an eye on people doing things differently, Paul’s blog is one to read.
Decision: Keep 

Blog O HAI
I met Mark Burstiner at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York City about four years ago. We hit it off right away and basically had a blast the entire time we hung out. Back when I was ‘that Brit doing social media’, word got ’round pretty quick and a couple of days later, when Mark and I ran into each other again (this time at the Blog World Expo in Vegas) he made sure that I got to meet everyone and anyone he could introduce me to. From Gary V and Brett Petersel through Pistachio and Pete Cashmore, Mark intro’d me to them all - and it was awesome.

Back to the blogging bit – of late Mark has been working his ass off getting his (quite frankly, brilliant) gaming-based start up, ‘FTW‘,  off the ground so blogging hasn’t been his number one priority. Look, we chat enough over Twitter and Xbox mail as it is.
Decision: Remove

Brandflakes for Breakfast
Top five all time number one blogs to read for keeping up to date with the latest advertising, creative, innovation and online (viral) video. If you’re in the industry, you should be reading this. And if you’re launching something cool and you want the industry to know about, you should let these guys know too.
Decision: Keep

Brown Cardigan
There are a few things on this list that I have no explanation for. Brown Cardigan is one of them. It publishes far too much for my normal RSS reader liking, and by rights I should remove it. BUT… it’s everything that’s good and bad about the internet all together in one place and it’s where I go to LAUGH MY FACE OFF – and y’know what? I make no apologies for it. You have been warned. It’s staying because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the faces of the people on the tube in the mornings who happen to catch it over my shoulder.
Decision: Keep

Campaign Against Living Miserably
Suicide is the biggest killer of young men under 35 in the UK today. C.A.L.M. is a charity that’s been set up to help reduce that staggering statistic. Go. Read. Be inspired.
Decision: Keep

Chris Funderburg’s Place
I spoke about Chris back in part one. This blog isn’t around anymore, but the one in part one is. So that’s all decided then.
Decision: Remove
A great blogger and a great guy, if you’re thinking about doing anything blog related, be it business or personal, you could do a lot worse than spending a couple of days routing around in Chris’ archives. One of the good guys, I’ve always got time for Chris.
Decision: Keep

Ciaran’s Blog
God knows when Ciaran last blogged. It certainly wasn’t recently. I guess, being CTO of Skimlinks doesn’t allow for that kind of thing much these days. Damn shame. Still, lovely guy. Follow him on Twitter instead.
Decision: Remove

Colin Mercer On The Inter-Web
Used to work with Colin back at the ‘heads. He blogs fairly infrequently about Oxford Digital life and cricket. Two things that I don’t have much opinion on. If I’m being harsh on topics, I should remove… BUT he hasn’t blogged since June so that also weighs in against him too.
Decision: Remove

A fairly NSFW blog setup for the sole purpose of naming and shaming advertising ‘creatives’ who serve up yesterday’s YouTube fodder as tomorrow’s ‘big idea’. Honestly, it has to be seen to be believed. I love it, and it really doesn’t publish enough.
Decision: Keep


Part 6 when I get ’round to it.


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Author: James Whatley

Chief Strategy Officer in adland. I got ❤️ for writing, gaming, and figuring stuff out. I'm @whatleydude pretty much everywhere that matters. Nice to meet you x