Have some great breaking news. Simon Barber from the International Marketing Council (IMC) and Brand South Africa is putting together an event, where some big-name international (but mostly US-based) bloggers will be doing a roadshow in the country.

Planning is at an advanced stage. Budgets have been approved and the trip is being arranged by Renee Blodgett (of Blodgett Communications) in San Francisco, who helped put together a similar bloggers’ tour to Israel earlier this year. (Robert Scoble, JD Lasica, Craig Newmark — among others — part of that tour).

Simon, who is based in Washington DC and is the US IMC Country Manager, also blogs on his own blog IZWI and Thought Leader. Simon has put together previous such events which involved a tour here of well-known US journalists. This initiative is Simon’s brainchild, conducted under the auspices of the IMC. It is being planned by local journalist Graeme Addison and is anticipated that it will take place around about the beginning of December/end of November.

I’ve been assisting Simon with a few ideas, names and contacts, but I thought I’d also solicit a few suggestions here. Also, if you’re interested in getting involved in this in any way, then please also let us know here too.

My suggestions, in no particular order, were: Technorati founder Dave Sifry, Richard MacManus of Read Write Web, Robert Scoble, Michael Arrington of Techcrunch, Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos, the peeps from Mashable, Ryan Block of endgadget, Brian Lam from Gizmodo, Jeff Jarvis, Om Malik, Matt Drudge, Guy Kawasaki, Mr WordPress — Matt Mullenweg, Steve Rubel, Joi Ito, Arianna Huffington from the Huffington Post, Cory Doctorow from Boing Boing, Nicholas Carr from Rough Type and Anil Dash from Six Apart.

The list has a tech bias (my sphere of interest) and a US-bias (as Simon is based in the States and is the IMC US Country Manager). What do you think of the above suggestions? Are there any glaring ommissions? Are there other bloggers you can suggest from the US, or outside the US, that you would like to see come here?

Simon will be checking here to review all comments and suggestions. So please let’s have your suggestions right here, right now!

36 Responses to “Int'l A-list blogger roadshow in South Africa on the cards”
  1. Меня тоже сдесь все полностью удовлитворило, на больше и не расчитывал.

  2. Увлекательно! Только не могу понять как часто обновляется блог? :)

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  4. […] from Cape Town, South Africa. I am here thanks to a blog post by Matthew Buckland, a comment left by Mohamed Nanabhay, and the kind invitation of Simon Barber of the International […]

  5. […] of your suggestions such as David Sasaki and a request for some local bloggers on the tour are there. Some of the […]

  6. What about the folks at travelpod.com

  7. Yes! to Chris Brogan.Jason Fried |
    NO! to Kevin Rose. (he’s a boring-dishwater little twitterer..*fail) |
    Maybe to Leo Laporte |

    NO! Mommybloggers Puh-leeze.

    Gary Vaynerchuk (not a real blogger) – but he’s crazy & he seesmic’s like a mad cow & he’d be good to get in front of a few wine co’s.. our vino industry needs some inspirational chutzpah.

  8. What a cool and growing list. I’m going to have to second the request for Frank Warren. I’d personally also dig to see Craig Stoltz from web2.oh…really?.

  9. […] like an interesting group of US-based big name bloggers will be heading to South Africa. More by Matthew Buckland. Dates: Unannounced Locations: […]

  10. Leo Laporte gets my vote too – he’s the grand-daddy of podcasting and digital media

  11. Cool!

    Piers Fawkes from PSFK is my first choice (i’m biased though as I contribute to the site)

    Be nice to see some more lifestyle bloggers for some variety.

    As a fashion blogger i’d like to see Susie from Style Bubble http://stylebubble.typepad.com/style_bubble/

    or Jason from the JC Report http://www.jcreport.com/ or The Sartorialist http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/


  12. It reads like the annual Bloggies nominees list!

    Love the fact that Arianna is on the list. She’s brilliant. Definitely agree that more women ought to be invited.

    For bloggers (and in particular female bloggers outside the States), how about Lucy Pepper? (www.lucypepper.com) She is a British expat artist (her whimsical illustrations have been widely published) living in Portugal.

    Back to the States: Jessica Coen, former Gawker editor. After a stint at Vanity Fair Online, she is now blogging at New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer blog.

    I know I’d probably be shot on sight for daring to even SAY her name, but I’m going to anyway: Heather Armstrong of Dooce fame. Yes, yes… calm down all the so-called ‘Mommy Blogger’ haters. Even her most ardent critics would have to concede that she is more than that. And no one can deny her success.

    For comic relief, Greg Howard of GeeseAplenty.com

    Oh, and how about some of the Asian bloggers? Like that geisha girl who used to be one of the most popular bloggers in the world? (Would have to dig up the link.)

    One more: Frank Warren, the guy behind Postsecret.com

  13. I’d like to second Robert Scoble and Leo Laporte and request Steven Bink.

  14. Ethan Zuckerman and Kevin Rose no doubt!!

    You mentioned getting involved Matt, please explain more more?

  15. Wow!

    List looks pretty comprehensive to me & it would be great to have even a handful of these guys come down to SA.

    My vote would go towards Leo Laporte (TWiT) or Jason Calacanis

  16. Gina Trapani from Lifehacker (lifehacker.com)


  17. James Governor (monkchips analysis)
    Chris Brogan
    Alex de Carvalho (community training)

  18. Super exciting!

  19. I second Chris Brogan as well as Ryan Block from Engadget. How about John Dvorak from http://www.dvorak.org/blog/? Kevin Rose from Digg as well.

  20. Another vote for Michael Lopp. How about Leah Culver from Pownce?

  21. Love to be able to help – if I can get around the restrictions at eNews. Let me know.

  22. How about some South African bloggers as well?

  23. And what about the ladies from Racialicious.com?

  24. Why only men? How about bringing one of the women from Jezebel.com?

  25. Ethan Zuckermann and Rebecca McKinnon (GlobalVoices) and Mike Arrington

  26. Another vote for Ethan Zuckerman here, and for Alex Steffen or anybody else from the brilliant WorldChanging team. For social media I’d love to meet Chris Brogan.

  27. Definitely Ethan Zuckerman and perhaps Brian Solis? (www.briansolis.com)

    Love to see Kevin Rose of Digg too…

  28. Jason Kottke (www.kottke.org)

    And please, please, PLEASE, Michael Lopp (www.randsinrepose.com)

  29. Jeremy Zawodny (http://jeremy.zawodny.com), Seth Godin (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/) and Peter Zaitsev (http://www.mysqlperformanceblog.com)

    To add to the crackers you have recommended already.

  30. @Neil Blakey-Milner — tks travelinggeeks.com url duly fixed!

  31. Ethan Zuckerman would be great, considering his love of and work with Africa. I’d second Paul Graham. Add a vote for Brad Fitzpatrick and Jeff Atwood too.

    (btw, travellinggeeks.com doesn’t go anywhere. travelinggeeks.com does.)

  32. If you’re going for Cory Doctorow, why not also Kevin Kelly?

  33. How about Paul Graham from Y combinator, Kevin Rose from Digg, Jeff Bezos from Amazon (although he isn’t a blogger), Matt Cutts from Google, Joel Spolsky and Jeffrey Zeldman.

    Ok, enough name dropping. I’d be so stoked to attend a conference with just one the guys you mentioned, let alone more than 1!

    BTW, Matt Mullenweg is coming out for Wordcamp SA on the 23 August. :-)

  34. I would add David Sasaki, the Outreach Director of Global Voices Online. There are so many stories in South Africa that still need to be told and he has great experience in helping folks in the developing world start out with blogging..

    Another great person would be Danny Schecter who blogs at MediaChannel.org. He has been a friend of South Africa long before it was fashionable…!

  35. Seth Godin

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