Liz Strauss called me out as an S.O.B. this week.

Usually I wouldn’t get too excited were someone to call me that. But in this case it is quite an honor. Liz uses the acronym to mean something a little different than our usual understanding. In her case, S.O.B. stands for “Successful and Outstanding Bloggers”. Here is what Liz has to say about the folks she calls SOB’s”

They build relationships and take the conversation to their readers, contribute great ideas, challenge us, make us better, and make our businesses stronger.

I thank every one of our SOBs for thinking what we say is worth passing on. Good conversation shared can only improve the blogging community.

And Liz knows what she is talking about.

Over at Successful-Blog Liz has built a thriving community by excelling each of the areas she highlights with her SOB award. For example each Tuesday evening at 7 PM Chicago time Liz hosts Open Comment Night. It’s a time when folks from all over the world come together and chat via comments on one post about everything and anything. It is kind of like instant messaging, only slower. The discussion can be serious and silly – often at the same time. Here is how she describes it:

Here’s how it works.

It’s like any rambling conversation. Don’t try to read it all. Jump in whenever you get here. Just go to the end and start talking. EVERYONE is WELCOME

The rules are simple — be nice.

There are always first timers and new things to talk about.

It is not unusual for the OCN post to have 400+ comments before the evening is over.

Another feature of Successful-Blog is the SOB Cafe each Friday. Here Liz highlights good posts from various articles she’s found while exploring blogs of folks she’s called out as SOB’s. Again from in her words:

We offer the best in thinking–articles on the business of blogging written by the Successful and Outstanding Bloggers of Successful Blog. Click on the title shots to enjoy each selection.

Liz is a leading champion of the Net Neutrality fight. She posts information and links to articles that keep abreast of the issue daily.

Oh, and she also writes tons of articles about writing, business, customer service, thinking, blogging, strategies, you name it. Whether you are a lurker or like to speak your piece Successful-Blog is a stimulating place to spend some time.

And did I mention I nearly had the privilege of meeting Liz in person? I was this close (he said holding his thumb and forefinger barely apart) when I was up in Chicago on business. Unfortunately for me my company changed my itinerary and sent me home early. Ah, well.

Anyway I am definitely a fan of Liz and of Successful-Blog. I’ll wear the SOB Badge with honor. Thanks Liz!

Successful and Outstanding Bloggers
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