I’ve come to a realization in these wired, tech-heavy times: most of my recent mentors I’ve never actually met in person. Gone are the days when live conferences, classrooms (or the office) were mandatory before hearing wisdom espoused. Now, through the social web, my digital cup is runneth over with virtual coaches, who from a tweet, pin or post, I can access all sorts of cool, useful information.
Here are five that I have been tracking lately:
- Jim Romenesko: A pioneer in the journalism world with his newsy, industry-heavy blog, no one covers the inner workings of the changing media landscape like Romenesko. Web: jimromenesko.com Twitter: @romenesko.
- Len Kaspar: While Vin Scully will always be the greatest baseball broadcaster in history, Kaspar is the best of the re-engineered baseball play-by-play man. With a dry sense of humor and love of music and sabermetrics, Kaspar is a unique voice in a wasteland of corporatized baseball announcers. I’m a Cubs fan and he’s the Cubs play-by-play man. OK, I said it. Web: wgntv.com/blogs/lenandbob Twitter: @lenkasper.
- Craig Kanalley: OK, full disclosure: I have met Craig and call him a friend. We were graduate school class mates at DePaul University in Chicago. He has since ramped up his digital journo career to where he is a senior editor at the Huffington Post. Craig’s just an interesting dude who writes about hockey, traveling and living in New York City. Web: craigkanalley.com Twitter: @ckanal
- Jason and Todd Allstrom: the brothers who founded, “The Beer Advocate”, a magazine devoted to the tasty beauty that is craft beer. Web: beeradvocate.com. Twitter: @jasonalstrom, @toddalstrom
- Paul Charchian: if you are a consumer of fantasy football, Charchian is a legend in the industry. He started fanball.com, one of the first just-fantasy websites. Always enjoy his appearances on 670 AM in Chicago. Web: leaguesafe.com, Twitter: @paulcharchian
I’ll make this a regular monthly post, so shoot me an email if you discover someone online who’s been a mentor in some way..