Blog Blazers – 40 Top Bloggers Share their Secrets and I have some to give away

Around this time last year I was interviewed by Stephane Grenier for his latest book, I think it took him a bit longer than expected to hit the shelves but it’s now finally available in the shops:

Blog Blazers – 40 Top Bloggers share their secrets

It’s an interesting book (as far as I’ve read so far) and from a personal point it’s the first time I’ve had an interview published in traditional media which is cool as I can show my mum, my daughter is also ecstatic as she took my photo that’s used in the book. I have a number of copies give away so keep reading or skip to the end to find out how to get one 🙂 .

The book consists of interviews with 40 pretty successful bloggers and it’s a real honor being featured alongside these guys:

[thanks Mert Erkal for originally formatting the list]

You can buy the book from Amazon or the Blog Blazers site however we’ve also got 10 copies to give away. To enter simply answer the following question:

“What would you most like to learn from reading Blog Blazers?”

You can leave your answer in a comment here or via Twitter, we’ll give 5 away to our favourite answers from each (so double your chance by doing both 🙂 ). Good luck.

About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.


  1. Something I would like to learn from reading everyones story is how to identify my own strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes I tend to focus on things I like but may not be best suited for or of any entertainment or use to my readers. I would imagine that out of 40 bloggers someone else has struggled with the same thing.

    Plus I love to read how people ended up doing what they do.

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  2. What would you most like to learn from reading Blog Blazers? How to stay focused as I sometimes find this hard when the only people reading my bog are me the wife and my mother.

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  3. I would like to know how to conquer the world with the power of words!!!

  4. I would like to learn how to make loads of money, drive a fast car and have lots of geeky looking groupies.

  5. I would like to learn how to research upcoming trends to increase current and future success of my online money making adventure

  6. What I would most like to learn from reading Blog Blazers, is all the little time savers, whether software plugins, outsourcing or good old time managemnt tips that collectively these guys have used to get where they are now.

  7. The best and most reliable techniques for gaining traffic.

    On the other hand, learning what others have had so much success with tends to give me ideas.

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  8. Honestly, I would like most to learn the mistakes that these successful bloggers made over the course of becoming profitable, so I can avoid them!

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  9. what would I like to learn?

    Forget making $1000’s for 10 minutes work as touted on ebay, I want to find out how successful bloggers start and end a project and carry it on without being sidetracked.



  10. Matt Apple says:

    I’d like to learn what probloggers think is the primary difference between blogs that make it and blogs that don’t.

  11. Your title – Blog Blazers – 40 Top Bloggers Share their Secrets and I have some to give away » Self Made Minds – caught my eye on the google blogsearch page. Just goes to show you how important good titles are! 😉 I’ve added to my reader, so I can see what else you come up with

  12. Hi Al,

    I’d be interested in reading a bit about what the early days were like for all of the top bloggers and what was their source of motivation.


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  13. I would like to learn how successful bloggers manage to fit their career around their family and home life, and how its affected them.

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  14. Well, I’d basically be looking to learn more about the person behind the blog and not just more of those “I did this, I did that” babbles. 🙂

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  15. No serious reply here, sorry. I’d like to know how much fun Alex from The Daily WTF has with all the stupid stories he gets. And where he keep the souvenirs he gets in exchange for stickers.

    But I have a feeling this isn’t included in the book 😀

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  16. Hi Al

    Congrats on having your wisdom published!

    I’d like to learn how to monetise a blog without turning off the readers.

    Cheers, Jon

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  17. All the bloggers in the list are authority bloggers and have achieved a status where the readers listen when they’ve got to speak!

    I’d like to learn how these people kept going when there wasn’t any success to be seen and any money to keep inspirations.

  18. There’s an awful lot of blogging talent in that book from some of the world’s most respected bloggers.

    I’d like to find out where these bloggers get their inspiration and motivation to keep a focussed, popular blog running. What is it that keeps readers coming back time and time again and how can I use that to my own advantage?

  19. From reading blog blazers I would most like to learn about the profile of the bloggers and there blogs, what was effective in building it up and how they harness there high profile.

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  20. That is an impressive list of bloggers. I’d certainly love a copy of it (I’d probably buy one otherwise).

    As for the question:
    I would like to learn how to be consistent and put all my energy into blogging without losing enthusiasm. Keeping up motivation levels and working hard is one thing I am not yet good at, and authority bloggers obviously must have their own methods of doing it.

  21. What would I like to learn?

    How to establish a successful blog based business that would allow me to quit me day job and be able to spend quality time watching my family grow up.

  22. Congratulations on being included in the book!

    There are many things I would like to learn from the book. There are the practical ideas such as mistakes to avoid, how to write better content and how to get more visitors. Then there are the more personal things such as how to stay motivated, how to pick yourself up and recover when things go wrong, how to be inspired and how to be creative. There is also curiosity, what are these bloggers like in the real world, what makes them tick, what do they do for fun and what are their backgrounds? Then finally, I would like to learn that these great bloggers are normal people just like the rest of us and with some hard work and dedication, we too can be great bloggers.

  23. sounds a bit al pacino (or actually was it robert de niro who harped on about ‘motivation’?) but i’d like to learn how to motivate myself to get more stuff done.

    the people on that list (yourself included) have great ideas AND are ‘doers‘. i have dozens of great ideas, but I just sit on most of them – or stick a big barrier in my way by overcomplicating them.

    i’d like to pick up some of that trait of getting more done.

    that’s it! not much to ask!

  24. Uh-oh. It suffers from small/vanity-publisher-itis. Not on and out of stock at, so I can’t buy it anyway 🙁

  25. The single most important thing to me is the story that shows a key turning point in each blogger’s life that allowed them to do it full time.

    Now I’m not entirely familiar with all of the bloggers on the list but I would have to assume that most of these bloggers do it on a full time basis.

    If I can take key points away from their journey and incorporate them into my own – than I believe I stand a chance to be more successful than I have been so far. I love to read books like this so even if I don’t win one for free I may pick it up anyway 🙂

  26. @AlCarlton “What would you most like to learn from reading Blog Blazers?”

    Good morning its 4.54 I’m Matt and this is your favourite answer for the day (I hope 😉

    What I would like most to achieve from reading Blog Blazers would be valuable insight concerning online entrepernerial endevours. I’m 20 years old and after stumbling across I have become seriously interested in the domain game, kicking myself for not being clever enough to buy more when I was 11 🙂 Now ‘online realestate’ blogs and other internet businesses have me enthralled I just want to tap into all the knowledge and pick all the great minds I can . Let this book make me savvy! I want to learn of realistic success from these webcommandors. You may just help inspire the next Hansup Yoon from Zuneboards.


  27. I would like to learn how they developed there writing and tips and ways that they get there daily posts from. I would like to learn how to start from the ground up in the blogging business and how they did it.

  28. Ideally I’d like to learn how to play the guitar.

    Failing that though, I’d be interested to hear how successfull bloggers manage to retain the urge to blog when others often give up.

  29. Al, first of all, congratulations on being included. I would love a copy of Blog Blazers so I can learn how to be successful in my blogging endeavors. I only recently started to see some success in my main blog, and learning from others who’ve “been there, done that” would be a great help, and an absolute honor. Thanks.

  30. Learn to be my own boss.

  31. Greetings all!

    I’d like to know at what point they went from blogging because they felt they had something important to say and blogging because they had a business to run.

    You know the old saying: love what you do and the money will take care of itself.

    Good Luck to all you future web entrepeneurs!


  32. which site makes how much money?

  33. Wow – nothing like a free book give away to bring out the comments – are you seeing a spike in traffic?

  34. So this is where the Blog Blazers Free Book giveaway started. Congratulations, Al! I’m happy to see you featured in the book.

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