13 Generation Y Rockstars Who Need to be on Your Radar

When you hear ‘Generation Y’, what do you think of? Some would say, “Brilliant, thought-provoking, eager, and exciting” while others would say “Over-entitled, egotistical, know it-alls.” While I may be a little biased, I tend to side with the former over the latter. Generation Y is a community hungry to learn, yearning for information, and open to sharing ideas and opinions. We are a group who isn’t wasting any time in becoming the future thought leaders of the world. Blogging is a beautiful thing because it provides everyone with an outlet to be heard, to learn and grow, engage in conversation, and facilitates the development of long-lasting relationships, partnerships, and connections. I owe a lot to my blog – it’s helped me get to where I am today. I’m sure many of you can say the same.

Today I’m shining the spotlight on you – 13 of you to be exact. 13 Generation Y Rockstars who deserve to be recognized. 13 blogs that need to be read and subscribed to by everyone. 13 people who have added so much to my own blogging experience and continually provide unique and interesting content day in and day out. Cheers to all of you, and keep doing what you do!

David Mullen | Communications Catalyst

David’s focus in primarily on public relations and integrated communication. He provides wisdom for businesses, entrepreneurs, and bloggers alike with topics ranging from social media marketing to branding and creativity. David openly welcomes conversation and criticism within the comments of each post and is great at getting you not only responding to him, but conversing with the other members of his community – the mark of a truly great writer is when you can sit back and watch your readers drive the conversation themselves and David is fantastic in this regard.

Jun Loayza | Young Successful Entreprenur

In short, Jun Loayza is a hustler. I bust my ass and keep on the grind but somehow this guy is always doing more. He is a testament of what it means to work hard and get results. He’s young, has started his own company, and is amazing at reinventing himself and coming up with new and exciting ideas. The best part? He challenges (in a good way) everyone he comes into contact with. He pushes and motivates his readers on and off his blog. He listens, but is also never afraid to voice his opinion. With a his work ethic, there’s no doubt he will achieve success again and again. For anyone who is passionate about leaving the grind and making it on their own – Jun and his blog provide all the information, inspiration, and motivation you could ask for.

Adam Baker | Man vs. Debt

Not so much a ‘Generation Y’ blog – but very much relevant to the people of our generation, Adam Baker talks everything personal finance related. Not claiming to be a financial specialist, Adam instead speaks from personal experiences, both good and bad, in dealing with debt, and more importantly taking control of your own financial situation. I love his in-depth articles and his ability to relate what would normally be un-interesting topics in a way that appeals to everyone. Did I mention that Adam and his wife sold everything they had and moved halfway across the world to backpack in New Zealand with their one year old daughter?! Between his own experiences and the insight provided by his community, there is a wealth of information to be had here.

Sydney Owen | Sydney Owen on New Media

Sydney and I have very similar stories: We both quit our jobs. We both packed our bags and moved to a new city (Chicago). We both networked like crazy and ended up at jobs we love (much of which we owe to our blogs). We are both open to sharing our story and providing content that will hopefully help/motivate other people who are in similar situations that we were. If you’re wondering how to effectively network, meet new people, and find the job of your dreams using social media and blogging – Sydney is an amazing example and has a story well worth following.

Stuart Foster and Carla Blumenthal | The Lost Jacket

No pants? Lost jackets? What’s with the missing clothes references? If you want a no-bullshit tell-it-like-it-is approach, Stuart Foster is your man – and adding Carla to the mix was probably one of the smartest things he’s ever done. A movement by themselves, but a force when they’re together (thanks Ne-Yo) these two are revolutionizing the way we think about Social Media, online marketing, and Public Relations. Based out of Boston, they’re both able to consistently connect the dots between old school marketing and new media with topics ranging from social media, public relations, and brand management.

Jenny Blake | Life After College

There is a reason Jenny, in her mid-twenties, is already working up the ladder of one of the most successful companies in the world (ehem, Google). In short, she’s just that good! A model of efficiency and productivity, Jenny Blake has the uncanny ability to give advice and coaching that is specific and measurable, yet general and accessible enough to anyone and everyone. I leave her blog with a clear takeaway, a new methodology, a challenge or fresh outlook and perspective. Jenny is the first person I would point any young adult to who is out of college, starting their career, and finds themselves in the purgatory of “what’s next”? From financial advice to stress management – Life After College is an outstanding resource.

Carlos Miceli | OwlSparks

I like to call Carlos “Seth Godin Jr.” – Hailing all the way from Argentina, Carlos says a lot without saying a lot. His daily posts are always (ALWAYS) thought provoking. I don’t know how he continues to do what he does, and in so few words. I’m lucky if I can finish a thought in a couple paragraphs, much less a couple sentences. But sometimes less truly is more. Carlos is wise beyond his years and is an exceptional conversation-starter – Agree or disagree, each “spark” will leave you walking away with a new perspective on life.

Sam Davidson | Sam Davidson’s Blog

I have had the pleasure of working with Sam and his company, Cool People Care, both personally and professionally. Sam writes about everything from social entrepreneurship to sustainability, marketing advice to wisdom for first time Dad’s. He’s the kind of guy that is more than happy to sit down and grab coffee (or a pint of Yazoo) and bounce ideas back and forth. Sam is an inspiration for all aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those who are passionate about running a business that serves an added bottom line of giving back to the community. Head over and read his blog, and book him at your next speaking event, he’s worth every penny.

Grace Boyle | Small Hands, Big Ideas

Grace is another great example of a motivated gen-yer who isn’t afraid to take risks (in her case moving across the country to a new home in Boulder, CO without anything lined up). She now works for an amazing company in one of the most exciting cities for anyone our age to call home. The title of of blog sums it up perfectly – that we are all only one person, but as one person, we can have big ideas, and collectively, we can make a difference. Grace writes about public relations, marketing, social media, blogging, and business philosophy, offering a unique ‘feminine’ perspective to many of her articles. There’s a reoccurring theme here that Grace models beautifully – if you’re about to make a big life decision (as she did with her move) – start a blog. It’s pretty amazing to witness your own evolution, and it gives the rest of us the inspiration and motivation to do that much more in our own lives.

Ryan Stephens | Ryan Stephens Marketing

I can’t leave out the man who inspired this post in the first place, can I? Ryan Stephens is great at what he does – he writes about marketing for both individuals and businesses, and usually infuses sports into the topic at hand. You can see his passion for marketing and PR in everything he writes – and has established himself as one of the primary thought leaders within the Gen-Y community. He is spot on in his belief of relationship marketing, and preaches the mantra of successful business being foundationed in the forging and nurturing of relationships.

Tim Jahn | Beyond the Pedway

Tim Jahn is a Chicago native who excels in multiple platforms – while he also blogs at “The Sun Rises Today” – I chose to highlight his video-series “Beyond the Pedway” in which he highlights (weekly) some of the best and brightest businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the Chicagoland area. Tim has a passion for filming and editing, and is an amazing, down to earth person to talk to if you live in the Windy City (or anywhere for that matter). He no doubt has some exciting things in store for us in the future.

Lisa Barone | Outspoken Media

Again, I’m not sure if Outspoken Media can be considered a Generation Y blog, but it is always an outlet for amazing content and thought provoking articles. Lisa and the rest of the Outspoken crew continually put out timely and relevant articles that challenge you to think outside the box. Don’t be mistaken, Outspoken Media is a company first, blog second – offering an array of SEO and marketing services. Lisa does a great job of being brutally honest, genuine, and (ehem) “Outspoken” in her writing style – an admirable trait that shows she isn’t afraid of a little criticism or disagreement.

Matt Cheuvront | Life Without Pants

What can I say about Matt that hasn’t already been said. He defines what it means to be awesome and his blog is top-notch. Ok, seriously, getting away from speaking in the third person, I honestly believe there is a lot of value in what I’ve managed to put together in less than a year – and I owe most of it to all of you. I rely on you, the reader, to take the conversation I attempt to spark and steer it in new, thoughtful, and exciting directions. So far, you have not disappointed, and thus, Life Without Pants, the unrestricted thoughts on life from a twenty-something perspective, has amounted to what it is today. With no clear end in sight, I can only hope this blog, this community, continues to thrive and flourish in the days, months, and years to come.

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Top 10 Gen Y Blogs (Ryan Stephens Marketing)Every other month, Ryan Stephens over at Ryan Stephens Marketing puts together an amazing list of the top Generation Y blogs as voted on by you, the readers and fellow bloggers. I, or should I say Life Without Pants has been voted as the #1 Generation Y blog two times in a row (both in June and in August). Not only has this introduced me to amazing people who would have never known about me otherwise, it has also been extremely humbling to be so new to the ‘game’ and receive such accolade and recognition from my peers – people I look up to and admire. Be sure to head over and send in YOUR vote for your favorite Gen Y blog(s) today!

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82 Responses
  • Grace Boyle Reply

    Matt, first of all thanks for including me on your list. I’m amongst some of my favorite bloggers and some that I’m excited to check out. Second, I love the list! I love when other blogs highlight each other and it really goes to show the community aspect that is so powerful with blogging. You do deserve to be on there :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I think we forget that we really are the thought leaders within our generation. It may not seem like it – but when you start listing the best twenty-something bloggers, the same names continue to pop up. If we keep moving at even half the pace we are right now, can you even imagine where we’ll be in 10 years? I’m going to go with published authors, business owners, and of course, internet celebrities. You with me?

      • Grace Boyle Reply

        Totally with you. It’s important to think about and even take a step back to acknowledge that, us, you, me, etc!

  • Grace Boyle Reply

    Matt, first of all thanks for including me on your list. I’m amongst some of my favorite bloggers and some that I’m excited to check out. Second, I love the list! I love when other blogs highlight each other and it really goes to show the community aspect that is so powerful with blogging. You do deserve to be on there :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I think we forget that we really are the thought leaders within our generation. It may not seem like it – but when you start listing the best twenty-something bloggers, the same names continue to pop up. If we keep moving at even half the pace we are right now, can you even imagine where we’ll be in 10 years? I’m going to go with published authors, business owners, and of course, internet celebrities. You with me?

      • Grace Boyle Reply

        Totally with you. It’s important to think about and even take a step back to acknowledge that, us, you, me, etc!

  • Ryan Stephens Reply

    @Matt – Wow. Thanks so much for including me on this list with so many impact players. I’ve read them all, and talk to many of them on a regular basis, and I must say I can only aspire to do and achieve the things these people are accomplishing and working towards. Thanks for taking the time to recognize people in our community, and continuing to perpetuate and spread the fact that we’re not necessarily all entitled and egotistical, aside from maybe Stuart of course :)

    • Stuart Foster Reply

      You’re just mad I’m awesome.

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        It’s OK guys – we have to have someone to represent the Gen Y ego – Stuart does so brilliantly. Cheers to both of you for continually bringing something unique to the game.

  • Ryan Stephens Reply

    @Matt – Wow. Thanks so much for including me on this list with so many impact players. I’ve read them all, and talk to many of them on a regular basis, and I must say I can only aspire to do and achieve the things these people are accomplishing and working towards. Thanks for taking the time to recognize people in our community, and continuing to perpetuate and spread the fact that we’re not necessarily all entitled and egotistical, aside from maybe Stuart of course :)

    • Stuart Foster Reply

      You’re just mad I’m awesome.

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        It’s OK guys – we have to have someone to represent the Gen Y ego – Stuart does so brilliantly. Cheers to both of you for continually bringing something unique to the game.

  • Chanelle Schneider Reply

    This is a fantastic list. I’m glad to see Generation Y in the spotlight instead of the shadows. I side with the former, as well. I know enough to know that I do not know all but am willing to learn all that I can.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Everyone here (and many more) are doing everything to put themselves and others in the spotlight – I don’t see our generation as one who lurks in the shadows – we are the go-getters, the movers and shakers of the present and the future. It’s an exciting time to be where we are right now, with nothing in sight expect for the horizon! It’s that willingness to learn and grow, Chanelle, that will get you far.

  • Chanelle Schneider Reply

    This is a fantastic list. I’m glad to see Generation Y in the spotlight instead of the shadows. I side with the former, as well. I know enough to know that I do not know all but am willing to learn all that I can.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Everyone here (and many more) are doing everything to put themselves and others in the spotlight – I don’t see our generation as one who lurks in the shadows – we are the go-getters, the movers and shakers of the present and the future. It’s an exciting time to be where we are right now, with nothing in sight expect for the horizon! It’s that willingness to learn and grow, Chanelle, that will get you far.

  • Carlos Miceli Reply

    You left me speechless over here man…

    Great company, truly an honor. You know what’s the interesting part? That most of us are connected. We make each other better. I always like to think “ten years from now”, and wonder where we’ll be when you consider all the potential working together. Very exciting.

    Thank you Matt, let’s do something together someday ;)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      We do have a knack for coming together don’t we? Through various projects both online and off – we’ve managed to establish a hell of a network of people who trust and respect one another, but above all, challenge each other to achieve success and greatness. As for collaboration – I am always down – maybe we could work up a joint-post or something, if you have some ideas, shoot me an idea and let’s start brainstorming!

  • Carlos Miceli Reply

    You left me speechless over here man…

    Great company, truly an honor. You know what’s the interesting part? That most of us are connected. We make each other better. I always like to think “ten years from now”, and wonder where we’ll be when you consider all the potential working together. Very exciting.

    Thank you Matt, let’s do something together someday ;)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      We do have a knack for coming together don’t we? Through various projects both online and off – we’ve managed to establish a hell of a network of people who trust and respect one another, but above all, challenge each other to achieve success and greatness. As for collaboration – I am always down – maybe we could work up a joint-post or something, if you have some ideas, shoot me an idea and let’s start brainstorming!

  • Lauren Fernandez Reply

    Matt – GREAT list. Gen Y does have an impact, and it’s something that I think many are going to start realizing. The ones listed here represent a generation that has a lot to say – and I’m glad you chose to spotlight them. Rock on. :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Lauren – you deserve to be on this list just as much as any of these other folks – We’ve been following one another on Twitter for a while but I am just not starting to become a regular over in your neck of the woods – I VERY MUCH like what you are doing over there – you share an amazing perspective on the world of public relations. I like it so much, in fact, that I can forgive the fact that your Packers forced my Cutler into 4 interceptions and knocked Urlacher out for the season. That’s saying a lot.

  • Lauren Fernandez Reply

    Matt – GREAT list. Gen Y does have an impact, and it’s something that I think many are going to start realizing. The ones listed here represent a generation that has a lot to say – and I’m glad you chose to spotlight them. Rock on. :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Lauren – you deserve to be on this list just as much as any of these other folks – We’ve been following one another on Twitter for a while but I am just not starting to become a regular over in your neck of the woods – I VERY MUCH like what you are doing over there – you share an amazing perspective on the world of public relations. I like it so much, in fact, that I can forgive the fact that your Packers forced my Cutler into 4 interceptions and knocked Urlacher out for the season. That’s saying a lot.

  • Jun Loayza Reply

    You know the respect is mutual Matt.

    I look forward to getting everyone from this list of bloggers together and enjoying a nice BBQ and beer while talking football, blogging, and life!

    We will do amazing things together

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Ah that will be a good time sir. We are going to be the ones who are setting up the next big convention – our own BlogWorld or SXSW – good times will be had by all. I’ve still NEVER been to Cali, that needs to change soon – and when it does, I’m calling you up to grab a drink. Thanks for the continued inspiration and motivation Jun.

  • Jun Loayza Reply

    You know the respect is mutual Matt.

    I look forward to getting everyone from this list of bloggers together and enjoying a nice BBQ and beer while talking football, blogging, and life!

    We will do amazing things together

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Ah that will be a good time sir. We are going to be the ones who are setting up the next big convention – our own BlogWorld or SXSW – good times will be had by all. I’ve still NEVER been to Cali, that needs to change soon – and when it does, I’m calling you up to grab a drink. Thanks for the continued inspiration and motivation Jun.

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    Thanks so much for putting together this list Matt (and for having me as a part ot it)! I love discovering new bloggers and I’m excited to start reading the bunch here I wasn’t already.

    I’m with Jun, we really need to get a meetup together somewhere (SXSW maybe?) and have some brats and beer. I’ll bring the Blue Moon and/or Leinies…

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem man – I’m glad we’ve been able to work together on some things and I’m sure there will be a lot of opportunities in the future for even more collaborations. Not to mention – we still have to plan a Sycamore Speedway tweet-up (as much as I hate the idea of a tweet-up I don’t know what else to call it). I think that should happen sometime soon. Full disclosure, I just had my first Lienie about a month ago – don’t hate, we didn’t have them down in the Southland, but I enjoyed it, very much – although I hold preference to Fat Tire.

    • David Mullen Reply

      Brats and Blue Moon? Count me in. :)

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    Thanks so much for putting together this list Matt (and for having me as a part ot it)! I love discovering new bloggers and I’m excited to start reading the bunch here I wasn’t already.

    I’m with Jun, we really need to get a meetup together somewhere (SXSW maybe?) and have some brats and beer. I’ll bring the Blue Moon and/or Leinies…

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem man – I’m glad we’ve been able to work together on some things and I’m sure there will be a lot of opportunities in the future for even more collaborations. Not to mention – we still have to plan a Sycamore Speedway tweet-up (as much as I hate the idea of a tweet-up I don’t know what else to call it). I think that should happen sometime soon. Full disclosure, I just had my first Lienie about a month ago – don’t hate, we didn’t have them down in the Southland, but I enjoyed it, very much – although I hold preference to Fat Tire.

    • David Mullen Reply

      Brats and Blue Moon? Count me in. :)

  • Sydney Owen Reply

    If this were a club, we’d be VIP. Thanks Matt for the kind words and I’m honored to be part of such an awesome circle of people. Most importantly, there are a couple new names on here that I’m looking forward to checking out. It seems like it’s always the usual suspects with us: Jun, Jenny, Jamie, Me, Ryan, Elysa, Nisha, You, Ryan Stephens, Grace, Tim, etc. Nice to have some new additions to the winners circle.

    I love what you’re doing here, as you well know. My real question is WTF are we going to hang out and meet up IRL? How long have you been here? This is UNACCEPTABLE!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      ‘The Usual Suspects’ – I like that, and I know what you mean. I could have made a list of 100 Rock Stars but my hands started getting tired from typing after 13. Bottom line, there is a lot of good to be had out there.

      You tell me about the IRL meeting – I’ll be down at the Social Media event Tim is putting on near the end of the month – you should swing by there. We’ll figure something out soon. I just moved, but I’m still out in the burbs – not a bad train ride into the city though. We’ll make it happen!

  • Sydney Owen Reply

    If this were a club, we’d be VIP. Thanks Matt for the kind words and I’m honored to be part of such an awesome circle of people. Most importantly, there are a couple new names on here that I’m looking forward to checking out. It seems like it’s always the usual suspects with us: Jun, Jenny, Jamie, Me, Ryan, Elysa, Nisha, You, Ryan Stephens, Grace, Tim, etc. Nice to have some new additions to the winners circle.

    I love what you’re doing here, as you well know. My real question is WTF are we going to hang out and meet up IRL? How long have you been here? This is UNACCEPTABLE!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      ‘The Usual Suspects’ – I like that, and I know what you mean. I could have made a list of 100 Rock Stars but my hands started getting tired from typing after 13. Bottom line, there is a lot of good to be had out there.

      You tell me about the IRL meeting – I’ll be down at the Social Media event Tim is putting on near the end of the month – you should swing by there. We’ll figure something out soon. I just moved, but I’m still out in the burbs – not a bad train ride into the city though. We’ll make it happen!

  • Sam Davidson Reply

    Thanks, Matty! Can I call you Matty?

    • Monica O'Brien Reply

      LOL! I call my brother Mateo that nickname “Matty” and I always want to call Matt Matty, but I think it will offend him. I might start with Chevy though.

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        Sam – I could tell you no, but you’ll probably do it anyway.

        Monica – Chevy is pretty much universally accepted as my actual last name, I think most people forgot, or don’t care, that it’s actually Cheuvront. Time to go get it legally changed to fit with my Twitter handle, lol.

  • Sam Davidson Reply

    Thanks, Matty! Can I call you Matty?

    • Monica O'Brien Reply

      LOL! I call my brother Mateo that nickname “Matty” and I always want to call Matt Matty, but I think it will offend him. I might start with Chevy though.

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        Sam – I could tell you no, but you’ll probably do it anyway.

        Monica – Chevy is pretty much universally accepted as my actual last name, I think most people forgot, or don’t care, that it’s actually Cheuvront. Time to go get it legally changed to fit with my Twitter handle, lol.

  • Stuart Foster Reply

    Akin to Sydney’s comment. We gotta hang out dude. Gonna be Chicago for Digital Marketing Mixer thingie. Let’s grab a drink.

    Honor though :).

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      What is this Digital Marketing Mixer you speak of? Give me some details – and yes, when you’re going to be in town give me a shout and we’ll grab a beer!

      • Tim Jahn Reply

        Is that the Marketing Profs event in October that Mack Collier is coming in for too? We all need to get together. I’d love to meet ya too Stuart, and put a 3D person with the ego..er I mean face. ;)

        But seriously, meet up must happen.

  • Stuart Foster Reply

    Akin to Sydney’s comment. We gotta hang out dude. Gonna be Chicago for Digital Marketing Mixer thingie. Let’s grab a drink.

    Honor though :).

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      What is this Digital Marketing Mixer you speak of? Give me some details – and yes, when you’re going to be in town give me a shout and we’ll grab a beer!

      • Tim Jahn Reply

        Is that the Marketing Profs event in October that Mack Collier is coming in for too? We all need to get together. I’d love to meet ya too Stuart, and put a 3D person with the ego..er I mean face. ;)

        But seriously, meet up must happen.

  • Ryan Stephens Reply

    I’m not hanging out with any of you once I get back to Texas, because I’m never leaving again. I’m not sure I’m kidding. Okay, I’ll go to ChiTown. I really like that city.

    R

  • Ryan Stephens Reply

    I’m not hanging out with any of you once I get back to Texas, because I’m never leaving again. I’m not sure I’m kidding. Okay, I’ll go to ChiTown. I really like that city.

    R

  • David Spinks Reply

    Very solid list of people here. All smart as hell and truly making things happen.

    Count me in for Gen Y Rockstar meetup!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Consider yourself invited David – the more the merrier. If you ever make a trip through Chicago, let me know!

  • David Spinks Reply

    Very solid list of people here. All smart as hell and truly making things happen.

    Count me in for Gen Y Rockstar meetup!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Consider yourself invited David – the more the merrier. If you ever make a trip through Chicago, let me know!

  • David Mullen Reply

    Matt – Thanks for the ridiculously kind words and inclusion on this list. It means a lot to me.

    I’ve definitely enjoyed getting to know you and subjecting myself to your wisdom and one-liners. Thanks for turning me on to some new people I should pay attention to, as well!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem David – I enjoy everything you’re doing over at Communications Catalyst – keep it up!

  • David Mullen Reply

    Matt – Thanks for the ridiculously kind words and inclusion on this list. It means a lot to me.

    I’ve definitely enjoyed getting to know you and subjecting myself to your wisdom and one-liners. Thanks for turning me on to some new people I should pay attention to, as well!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem David – I enjoy everything you’re doing over at Communications Catalyst – keep it up!

  • Akhila Reply

    Wonderful list – it’s always nice to appreciate fellow Gen Yers and it’s always awesome to find out about some new blogs on the list :)

    Alsooo I’m moving in to my apartment in Evanston tomorrow! This means that sometime we’ll have to meet up too :D This is becoming a big Gen Y chicago party!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Akhila – you deserve to be on here just as much as the rest of these folks. How far out is Evanston from the city? We will definitely have to get together – I just moved myself – still out in the burbs but much closer to the city – Chicago is an amazing social media town, couldn’t find a better city for this kind of stuff! Here’s to hoping we’ll cross paths soon!

  • Akhila Reply

    Wonderful list – it’s always nice to appreciate fellow Gen Yers and it’s always awesome to find out about some new blogs on the list :)

    Alsooo I’m moving in to my apartment in Evanston tomorrow! This means that sometime we’ll have to meet up too :D This is becoming a big Gen Y chicago party!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Akhila – you deserve to be on here just as much as the rest of these folks. How far out is Evanston from the city? We will definitely have to get together – I just moved myself – still out in the burbs but much closer to the city – Chicago is an amazing social media town, couldn’t find a better city for this kind of stuff! Here’s to hoping we’ll cross paths soon!

  • Jenny Blake Reply

    Okay, clearly I am super late to the party (what else is new, LOL?!) – but wanted to say thank you to Matt for including me on this list of amazing people. I love what you are up to – and it’s fun to be along for the ride!

    Second, I am honored and humbled to be in all of your company. I echo what Jun said – we are going to do amazing things together! I feel so blessed to have made connections with you guys – I joked to a friend (an IRL one!) the other day that I feel like I have a whole world of support and genuine connections out there in The Big Bad Internet. Thanks to all of you for making that possible.

    Cheers to all, and have a great weekend!!
    Jenny

    P.S. Jun – if you do organize a BBQ, you know what I’m bringing… lots of [_3 ‘s (Grace can tell you that’s my cupcake emoticon). SXSW anyone?! I’m booked already!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Jenny, no problem, it is well deserved for you to be included here. We are going to do some amazing things together – I can’t imagine what we’ll all be doing together 10 years from now but I have no doubt there will be a lot of collaboration and establishing of some amazing friendships along the way. I second what you said about there being so much support in the online world. To offline folk, it may seem bogus, but I consider all of you friends, even if we’re across the country (or even the world).

      Hope to make it out to SXSW – it’s dangerously close to my wedding and money might be right around then, but if there’s a will there’s a way. If all else fails, I’ll be there for the BBQ/beer/cupcake tweetup!

  • Jenny Blake Reply

    Okay, clearly I am super late to the party (what else is new, LOL?!) – but wanted to say thank you to Matt for including me on this list of amazing people. I love what you are up to – and it’s fun to be along for the ride!

    Second, I am honored and humbled to be in all of your company. I echo what Jun said – we are going to do amazing things together! I feel so blessed to have made connections with you guys – I joked to a friend (an IRL one!) the other day that I feel like I have a whole world of support and genuine connections out there in The Big Bad Internet. Thanks to all of you for making that possible.

    Cheers to all, and have a great weekend!!
    Jenny

    P.S. Jun – if you do organize a BBQ, you know what I’m bringing… lots of [_3 ‘s (Grace can tell you that’s my cupcake emoticon). SXSW anyone?! I’m booked already!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Jenny, no problem, it is well deserved for you to be included here. We are going to do some amazing things together – I can’t imagine what we’ll all be doing together 10 years from now but I have no doubt there will be a lot of collaboration and establishing of some amazing friendships along the way. I second what you said about there being so much support in the online world. To offline folk, it may seem bogus, but I consider all of you friends, even if we’re across the country (or even the world).

      Hope to make it out to SXSW – it’s dangerously close to my wedding and money might be right around then, but if there’s a will there’s a way. If all else fails, I’ll be there for the BBQ/beer/cupcake tweetup!

  • robert Reply

    Just out of curiosity, what’s the correlation between Gen Y, marketing, public relations, and social media. It seems to be a recurring thing. I’m part of Gen Y (I think, never really heard of that term until I came across these blogs) and so of course I’m familiar with social media and have an entrepreneur mindset, but I never got into marketing, but I have realized the advantages of blogging and have started my own (it’s still fresh, no posts yet,bare with me). I think I first got introduced to these seemingly interrelated blogs via Jamie Varon ( I read them while at work, and I can only read the ones that aren’t blocked via proxy) and most of them seem to have that similar core. I probably would’ve never heard about Seth Godin if it wasn’t for these blogs either. So I’m curious, what is it that I’m missing?

  • robert Reply

    Just out of curiosity, what’s the correlation between Gen Y, marketing, public relations, and social media. It seems to be a recurring thing. I’m part of Gen Y (I think, never really heard of that term until I came across these blogs) and so of course I’m familiar with social media and have an entrepreneur mindset, but I never got into marketing, but I have realized the advantages of blogging and have started my own (it’s still fresh, no posts yet,bare with me). I think I first got introduced to these seemingly interrelated blogs via Jamie Varon ( I read them while at work, and I can only read the ones that aren’t blocked via proxy) and most of them seem to have that similar core. I probably would’ve never heard about Seth Godin if it wasn’t for these blogs either. So I’m curious, what is it that I’m missing?

  • Deron Triff Reply

    Matt

    Great list! I already reached out to Sam Davidson thanks to your recommendation. I will also be downloading my copy of The Inconvenience of Change and provide my feedback soon. Hope you will check us out too…

    Changents is the leading Internet platform that connects people who are taking responsibility for changing the world with those who can help them. Using the latest social media technologies, we equip Change Agents with a robust suite of Internet storytelling and mobilization tools – aggregated in a convenient, easy-to-use toolkit – to help them tell their stories, connect with supporters around the world and rally assistance for their initiatives. In addition to our platform, we have honed the ability to package and insert powerful story content that originates on the Changents site into conversations across the Web.

    Thanks in part to a great partnership with Timberland, we are generating hundreds of thousands of story views for emerging Change Agents who are blazing trails and bringing fresh solutions to a wide spectrum of issues: the environment, human rights, disaster relief, clean water, micro-finance, health, and more. In fact, we have Change Agents working on every continent (except Antarctica) – athletes, musicians, social entrepreneurs, activists, etc. – who have established a presence in the Changents community and are using our tools to tell their stories and build teams of supporters.

    Cheers,

    Deron Triff
    CEO, Changents.com
    Twitter.com/Changents

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Hi Deron –

      Honored that you would take the time to come through here and share some thoughts. It sounds like Changents is an outstanding organization – I’d love to share the message here through your community. Will shoot you an email to discuss.

  • Deron Triff Reply

    Matt

    Great list! I already reached out to Sam Davidson thanks to your recommendation. I will also be downloading my copy of The Inconvenience of Change and provide my feedback soon. Hope you will check us out too…

    Changents is the leading Internet platform that connects people who are taking responsibility for changing the world with those who can help them. Using the latest social media technologies, we equip Change Agents with a robust suite of Internet storytelling and mobilization tools – aggregated in a convenient, easy-to-use toolkit – to help them tell their stories, connect with supporters around the world and rally assistance for their initiatives. In addition to our platform, we have honed the ability to package and insert powerful story content that originates on the Changents site into conversations across the Web.

    Thanks in part to a great partnership with Timberland, we are generating hundreds of thousands of story views for emerging Change Agents who are blazing trails and bringing fresh solutions to a wide spectrum of issues: the environment, human rights, disaster relief, clean water, micro-finance, health, and more. In fact, we have Change Agents working on every continent (except Antarctica) – athletes, musicians, social entrepreneurs, activists, etc. – who have established a presence in the Changents community and are using our tools to tell their stories and build teams of supporters.

    Cheers,

    Deron Triff
    CEO, Changents.com
    Twitter.com/Changents

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Hi Deron –

      Honored that you would take the time to come through here and share some thoughts. It sounds like Changents is an outstanding organization – I’d love to share the message here through your community. Will shoot you an email to discuss.

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