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.)