SOBCon 08Once again, the challenge of distance has meant that the SOBCon business school for bloggers event, in Chicago, has come and gone without Thinking Home Business being in attendance. 

So it was a particularly agreeable surprise today to see that Thinking Home Business had been included in Buzz Logic’s Top 25 Influential SOBs, “the bloggers who are most influential on the topic of the SOBCon conference”.

The BuzzLogic post on the subject explains how the list is determined.

BuzzLogic’s influence algorithm takes a dozen factors into account when determining the influence of posts and a blog overall – a blogger’s credibility and expertise on a specific topic over time, who is linking in, the quality and influence of all in-linkers and the popularity of a post overall.

The list as provided by BuzzLogic is of the URLs (site links). This morning I’ve spent some time (actually a lot of time) visiting each of the blogs so as to add some details here.

I thought that would be a pretty quick list to put together. I didn’t factor in my curiosity! Actually, the process has blown my Friday morning agenda clear out of the water. There is so much interesting, informative and entertaining material in the blogs listed here (the other ones anyway 🙂 ) that I dare you not to lose an hour or two yourself once you dive in. But I can assure that if you do you will be better informed.

And I’m betting you’ll have have acquired a fresh bunch of RSS feeds if you don’t have all of these already.

It was so obvious to me that the people listed here care about what they write and care about how useful, informative and entertaining it is for their readers. To use an old Australian expression, I “dips me lid” to my colleagues in this list (translation: my hat’s off).

Here’s the list, with a note by me on each of the bloggers and their blogs.

Liz Strauss (Ms Successful Blog Herself), appropriately at Number 1

Lorelle Van Fossen of the legendary Lorelle on WordPress – is there anything she does not know about WordPress?

Phil (“Everywhere Man”) Gerbyshak 0f Make It Great!

Dr Ellen Weber of Brain Based Business

David Armano of the always informative and regularly challenging Logic+Emotion 

Apparently (from a quick search of SOBCon tagged posts on the site) Lorelle Van Fossen again at Blog Herald

The always wise and insightful James D. Walton at Black in Business

Chief Accomplishment Officer Timothy L. Johnson at Carpe Factum (“Seize the Accomplishment”)

Travel, drag racing and naval warfare expert Sheila Scarborough at the BootsnAll Travel Blogs and Logues

Entrepreneur, startup guy, super energetic Ben Yoskovitz at Instigator Blog

Practical, one man hype-free zone, Joe Hauckes at Working at Home on the Internet

Entrepreneur Tim Draayer who shares his business and personal growth journey at Network Marketing Journey (formerly Live Your Best Life)

Yours truly here at Thinking Home Business

Prolific blogger and business growth advisor Dawud Miracle at

Jon G., a “thirtysomething technology marketing type”, at spatially relevant

Branding and marketing expert, in-demand speaker and presenter, Drew McLennan at Drew’smarketingminute

Some one or several at the Marketing and Strategy Innovation Blog

Executive coach and passionate catalyst for growth, Kent Blumberg

Poet, writer and teacher Geoffrey Philp from Jamaica, at Geoffrey Philp’s Blog Spot

Multi-skilled, global traveller Robert Hruzek on lessons learned from life, at Middle Zone Musings

Songwriter, performer, super encourager of others, Christine Kane

English Literature teacher, writer, photographer, Scot, Amy Palko, living the theme of her Lives Less Ordinary

What can I say? The Problogger Hisself, the inimitable Darren Rowse, at Problogger

Marketing Troubleshooter, Mary Schmidt

“Intuitive purpose finder and meaning maker”, creator of hand-crafted websites, Adam Kayce, Monk at Work

Visit them. You will not be disappointed.

Many thanks to BuzzLogic for the list.

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