Let’s make this absolutely clear: this list is subjective. But isn’t that what an IT manager would want — someone who’s already browsed around a lot to tell them where they should be adding an RSS feed or a favourite to their browser?
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There’s still a dearth of actual IT managers blogging about their role in Canada, perhaps because so many of them are too busy trying to manage their infrastructure and respond to business needs. Instead, it’s the marketing mavens, the vendor execs and members of the media past and present who fill in the content gap. And, surprisingly, some of them do a great job.
My criteria for this list was pretty straightforward. Bloggers had to be fairly consistent, posting at least a couple of times a week. They had to be tuned in, both to their own local industry and the larger trends outside of Canada. Finally, they had to be good enough that I wished they were writing for me. That said, I know I’ve probably left out some good names. Let’s start the debate by sending your thoughts my way at email@example.com.
One last thing: This list isn't hierarchical. The last person mentioned isn't the least of the best. These bloggers are all in a league of their own.
1. Mark Evans Tech
blogger: Mark Evans
? why him? It helps that Evans was a longtime technology journalist with The Globe and Mail and The Financial Post, which means he’s used to working on deadline and has no problems keeping interested in a vast range of subjects. But he’s also worked the other side of the fence, co-founding the startup BlanketWare Corp., and later working at B5 Media. He’s now director of community at PlanetEye, an online travel guide. He’s been doing this long enough that he knows the technology, especially on the telco side, and his entrepreneurial experience gives him credibility when he’s talking about cutting edge-applications. It also helps that he was one of the lead instigators of Mesh, Canada’s Web 2.0 conference now in its third year.
? sample post: “As much as writing original, insightful posts is every blogger’s goal, the reality is, it’s difficult. Sometimes, the ideas aren’t flowing, but you still need to feed the blog every day. Sometimes, jumping into the conversation of the day just feels good. “At the same time, however, writing original content is so much more satisfying because there’s a sense of accomplishment that you’ve been inspired by something you’ve read or talked about with someone. It’s those nuggets of original content gold that make blogging so rewarding.” MORE