Who Inspires My Writing

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Copyblogger asks who inspires my writing. I’ve got a few sources:

My kids. Are ingenious, creative, innocent and sophisticated all at once. They’re a constant stream of inspiration for me.

Politics. I continuously see people across the political spectrum do things that excite my admiration or disgust.

Fiction. I read a lot of books. Right now I’m re-reading the Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian. You’d be amazed how much you can learn about marketing from a Napoleonic-era naval captain and his surgeon/intelligence agent.

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Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/ianlurie.

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