Top 25 HR Blogs Written By Human Resources Practitioners (2011)

I’ve decided to start a new series here on the Unbridled Talent blog! <insert loud cheer from the crowd>

I’ll be creating weekly Top __ lists for the HR & Recruiting industry to share as resources with my readers – and also with the audience members at conferences and events where I’ll be speaking. Hopefully, these resource lists will provide some new contacts and information that may be helpful to HR and Recruiting professionals with their professional development and daily work.

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is is – “Who are some true HR practitioners – people working in the trenches with titles like HR Manager, HR Director, VP of HR, CHRO, etc. – that blog about HR issues?“. In the past, I’ve shared a few of my personal favorites, but I wanted to somehow quantify my recommendations to ensure that I’m directing people to some of the best resources on the web.

Let me say upfront that the methodology I’ve used is not perfect. Free online tools don’t always provide the best data, but hopefully by scoring everyone on the same scale, the list can be useful. For more information on the tools and methodology used to compile this list, the details are at the bottom of this post.

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Don’t think you have the time to blog and do it effectively while grinding away in your Human Resources role? You may not, but many of your peers are making the time! To be included near the top of this list certainly takes some dedication, high quality content and longevity as a blogger. However, the following HR pros regularly take the time to share their wisdom, experiences and successes/failures for you and I to learn from. Check out the list to see if you can find any new favorites!

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Top 25 HR Practitioner Blogs of 2011

1.  The HR Capitalist – (Kris Dunn, SPHR) – Chief Human Resources Officer & Partner, Kinetix

Birmingham, Alabama

Average Posts Per Week – 4.70  Average Comments Per Post 5.17

Google Page Rank – 6  Alexa Global Rank – 693,008  Back Links – 256

 

2.  HR Ringleader – (Trisha McFarlane) – HR Business Partner, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

St. Louis, MO

Average Posts Per Week – 2.75  Average Comments Per Post – 2.75

Google Page Rank – 4  Alexa Global Rank – 990,624  Back Links – 81

 

3.  HR Fishbowl  – (Charlie Judy, SPHR, CPA) – Global Director, Human Capital Strategic Development/Operations, Navigant Consulting

Chicago, IL

Average Posts Per Week – 1.95  Average Comments Per Post 3.47

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 1,640,774  Back Links – 29

 

4.  upstartHR – (Ben Eubanks) – HR Generalist, Pinnacle Solutions, Inc.

Huntsville, AL

Average Posts Per Week – 1.61  Average Comments Per Post 1.64

Google Page Rank – 4  Alexa Global Rank – 1,392,791  Back Links – 75

 

5.  Shauna Moerke is… The HR Minion – (Shauna Moerke, PHR) – HR Administrator, The Outsource Group

Orlando, FL

Average Posts Per Week – 1.26  Average Comments Per Post 2.45

Google Page Rank – 4  Alexa Global Rank – 2,928,044  Back Links – 49

 

6.  Simply Lisa – (Lisa Rosendahl) – Human Resources Director, Veteran’s Health Administration

St. Cloud, MN

Average Posts Per Week – 0.34  Average Comments Per Post 3.33

Google Page Rank – 4  Alexa Global Rank – 3,481,136  Back Links – 82

 

7.  Lean HR – (Dwane Lay, MBA, SSBB, SPHR) – Manager, HR Global Operational Excellence, Ingersoll Rand

St. Louis, MO

Average Posts Per Week – 4.93  Average Comments Per Post 0.93

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 3,253,580  Back Links – 28

 

8.  HR Schoolhouse – (Robin Schooling, SPHR) – Vice President of Human Resources, Louisiana Lottery Corporation

Baton Rouge, LA

Average Posts Per Week – 3.21  Average Comments Per Post 1.82

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 4,086,289  Back Links – 14

 

9.  The HR Juggler – (Alison Chisnell) – Group HR Director, Informa Business Information

United Kingdom

Average Posts Per Week – 1.38  Average Comments Per Post 5.08

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 2,946,077  Back Links – 7

 

10.  Welcome To The Occupation – (Paul Smith) – Human Resources Manager, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Philadelphia, PA

Average Posts Per Week – 1.72  Average Comments Per Post 1.33

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 4,902,675  Back Links – 39

 

11.  The HR Maven – (Deirdre Honner, SPHR) – Associate Director Human Resources, Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI

Average Posts Per Week – 0.57  Average Comments Per Post 1.60

Google Page Rank – 4  Alexa Global Rank – 6,023,957  Back Links – 32

 

12.  The Tim Sackett Project – (Tim Sackett, SPHR) – Executive Vice President, HRU Technical Resources

Lansing, MI

Average Posts Per Week – 2.75  Average Comments Per Post 1.17

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 3,566,144  Back Links – 10

 

13.  change-effect – (Neil Morrison) – Group HR Director, Random House

United Kingdom

Average Posts Per Week – 0.69  Average Comments Per Post 10.83

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 6,550,349  Back Links – 8

 

14.  No Excuses HR – (Jay Kuhns, SPHR) – Vice President of Human Resources, All Children’s Hospital

Tampa, FL

Average Posts Per Week – 3.79  Average Comments Per Post 2.73

Google Page Rank – 2  Alexa Global Rank – 4,216,142  Back Links – 11

 

15.  H.R. Official – (Dave Ryan, SPHR) – Director of Human Resources, Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc.

Springfield, IL

Average Posts Per Week – 1.03  Average Comments Per Post 3.00

Google Page Rank – 4  Alexa Global Rank – 4,455,574  Back Links – 5

 

16.  Everyday People – (Steve Browne, SPHR) – Executive Director of HR, LaRosa’s Pizza

Cincinnati, OH

Average Posts Per Week – 0.92  Average Comments Per Post 3.13

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 6,710,519  Back Links –  4

 

17.  Unconventional HR – (Kimberly Roden) – Director of Human Resources, Cover-All Technologies

New York, NY

Average Posts Per Week – 0.11  Average Comments Per Post 10.00

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 7,834,773  Back Links –  6

 

18.  tHRyving – (Kelly Long) – HR Project Lead, Rackspace Hosting

San Antonio, TX

Average Posts Per Week – 0.11  Average Comments Per Post 1.00

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 4,932,055  Back Links –  11

 

19.  The HR Introvert – (Timothy Gardner) – Director Organizational Effectiveness, Kimberly Clark

Atlanta, GA

Average Posts Per Week – 1/15, Average Comments Per Post 0.30

Google Page Rank – 3,  Alexa Global Rank – 9,599,028, Back Links – 8 TimJGardner

 

20.  HR Soot – (William Gould, CEBS, SPHR) – Chief People Resources Officer,  Winona Health

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Average Posts Per Week – 0.34  Average Comments Per Post 2.33

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 8,036,037  Back Links – 5

 

21.  HR Insomniac – (Dawn Hrdlica-Burke, PHR) – Vice President of People, DAXKO

Birmingham, AL

Average Posts Per Week – 0.69  Average Comments Per Post 2.00

Google Page Rank – 2  Alexa Global Rank – 6,813,717  Back Links – 7

 

22.  Do The Work  – (Franny Oxford) – Vice President of Human Resources, Leedo Building Solutions

Houston, TX

Average Posts Per Week – 0.34  Average Comments Per Post 1.33

Google Page Rank – 2  Alexa Global Rank – 9,886,002  Back Links – 17

 

23.  HR whY? – (Steve Geraghty-Harrison) – Human Resources Manager, exp Global, Inc. 

Tallahassee, FL

Average Posts Per Week – 0.23  Average Comments Per Post 0.00

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank -13,916,326  Back Links – 14

 

24.  Victorio Milian – (Victorio Milian, SPHR) – Associate General Manager of Talent, The Disney Store

New York, NY

Average Posts Per Week – 0.57  Average Comments Per Post 0.40

Google Page Rank – 3  Alexa Global Rank – 10,382,871  Back Links – 5

 

25.  HD Leader – (Jeff Williams, PHR) – Human Resources Project Manager, Walmart

Chicago, IL

Average Posts Per Week – 2.07  Average Comments Per Post 0.33

Google Page Rank – 2  Alexa Global Rank – 12,169,766  Back Links – 7

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Who’s missing from the list that you would include? Please share any additions and comments in the Comments section!

I searched the world wide web, blog rolls of popular bloggers and other Top HR blog lists, but couldn’t find an HR practitioner blogger west of Texas or outside of the UK. I know that’s got to be wrong, so please help to make sure everyone is included!

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Ranking Methodology:

  1. Title, Company Name & Location were all taken from LinkedIn Profiles.
  2. Average Posts Per Week and Average Comments Per Week were calculated between the date range of June 1, 2011 – July 31, 2011 (61 days).
  3. Google PageRank was used to consider the blog’s long-term performance and “importance”. PRChecker.info was used to obtain PageRank results for this list.
  4. Alexa Global Rank & Back Links were obtained at Alexa.com. (Note: Alexa rankings are known to be often inaccurate, but hopefully are an effective enough means to measure some level of how popular a site is and the level of ‘authority’ due to link backs from other sites.)

 

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35 thoughts on “Top 25 HR Blogs Written By Human Resources Practitioners (2011)

  1. Thanks for including me Jennifer! You are right, it takes time to do this, and my current posts per week reflects that I’ve been a bit neglectful lately.
    Along with all the other folks you mentioned, I also have Sabrina Baker in my routine reading list these days. She blogs at The HR Chatterbox and offers lots of good content for HR folks and job seekers.
    Tim

    • You’re welcome Tim! Of course the title of your blog speaks my langage. 🙂 Always nice to hear about navigating HR from a fellow introvert!

      Thanks for mentioning Sabrina Baker and HR Chatterbox. I do have her on my master list, but there were no posts within the last couple of months to evaluate. However, I definitely know that sometimes there are more pressing (and possibly important) things than blogging, so I’ll keep her on the list for future updates!

    • Your inclusion on the list is no accident Dwane! Consistency and frequency pays off and you’ve shown a lot of dedication and commitment with regular posting and contributions. Keep up the good work!

  2. So I write a “big” blog for years and get on NO lists. I dump it, start writing a “small” blog and I get on a list! What is that about?!? Oh and to make it worse, the same day I change my Twitter name…. so I’m @neilmorrison now without the J.

    But seriously, thanks Jennifer and what great company to be in.

    • Big or small – you’ve got some great ideas and I’ve always enjoyed your blog(s)!

      And I changed the link to your Twitter profile above. We can accommodate growth and change here at Unbridled Talent! 🙂

    • I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and learning from you the last few years, so it’s recognition well deserved! I’m also glad you’ve found some new blogs to read!

  3. Jennifer, you’re awesome. I appreciate that HR practitioner’s voices are being amplified. All these folks are amazing, and they represent a strong cross-section of our field.

  4. Ben McCall and I were just discussing how difficult it is to be a HR practitioner and blog due to time, travel, confidentiality and other job-related issues. The best posts would be the ones that we cannot discuss! Kudos to the HR pros listed who share their time and great content with us!

    • When everything you’re dealing with is confidential and can’t be shared – that’s when you write a book (under a pseudonym of course) and sell it for millions. That must be some juicy stuff! 🙂

      I’ll be the first in line to buy a copy of your book – and I want it autographed (with your real name) of course!

  5. So honored to be on this list, Jennifer. But I’m even more thrilled to learn that you are getting asked “Who are some true HR practitioners – people working in the trenches with titles like HR Manager, HR Director, VP of HR, CHRO, etc. – that blog about HR issues?“. It’s so important that this voice be part of the growing HR conversation – thanks so much for continuing to hear that voice and for taking the time to promote it. You make a huge difference in this space!

    • Thank you Charlie! As one of the original (if not THE original) promoters of #TrenchHR, you’ve helped me to become more aware that these voices need to be known and shared. Many who are doing the (HR) work day in and day out are blogging because they love it – not to promote themselves or their personal brands. So hopefully, this will help some of the “quieter” voices out there to be heard!

  6. Wow; I’m honored for being included on the list. I like the variety of voices, opinions, and viewpoints that are on display here.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together Jennifer! You’ve inspired me to keep producing great material.

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  8. Thanks for putting this list together Jennifer. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a good summary list of #TrenchHR bloggers.
    It’s great to see some of these blogs on a list for the first time and I’m pleased to be listed along side them.
    To all you HR Activists: keep up the great work!

    • Thanks Paul! I’m glad to see many #TrenchHR bloggers (like yourself) on the list. Hopefully it helps to connect even more people to the good stuff you’re putting out there!

  9. Jennifer,

    Wow, and thank you! I’ve followed most of these great HR thought leaders, and am pleased to find a few who are new to me. I’m hopeful that other HR practitioners will decide to enter this space.

    • I’m glad you found a couple of new blogs to follow William. I’m confident that with more blogging voices such as yours, more HR practitioners will see the benefits of a professional blog. I’m looking forward to what they have to say!

    • Thanks for sharing your blog with me Vinod! I plan to re-do the list each year, so I’ll definitely add your blog for consideration next year.

  10. Hi Jennifer –

    Not sure how I missed this earlier, but thanks for including me on this list – look forward to checking out some of the blogs that I wasn’t familiar with as well –

    Thanks – KD

    • As the person who is to “blame” for getting me (and many others) to consider blogging about HR and recruiting, you’ll always be at the top of my HR blogger list KD! 🙂

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