I've been blogging for 3 years now. Should I retire now or stay in the game?— Victorio Milian (@Victorio_M) March 15, 2012
I was tired; I'm not a casual writer and put a lot of time and effort into my posts. It's not as if this is all that I do, either. And after 3 years did I really have anything noteworthy to say anymore? Fortunately, I found my mojo with the help of friends and colleagues so I'm going to stick with this for a while longer.
And it's lucky for me that I did because I received the best blogging related news this week. I made the Fistful of Talent Management Power Rankings - Top 25 Blogs list! For those of you who may not know, Fistful of Talent is a multi-contributor HR blog, with an entourage of some of the most well known and respected talent professionals, online and off. What makes it extra special to me is that it was 2 of FOT's contributors--Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee--who were some of my earliest blogging influences. When I was debating on whether or not to start a blog, it was their generous and straightforward advice that helped me to decide to jump into this arena.
Going back to the power rankings--not only did I make the list but I cracked the top 5, which is incredible, humbling, and makes me a little weepy. Seriously, I'm honored that the FOT team selected my blog. I appreciate that they felt that my writing, according to their selection criteria, "...is exceptional enough to recommend to colleagues for consideration. In short, the entry must have data/news/opinion/reflections with substance to improve the life of an average Talent Management Manager/Director/VP as judged by pollsters."
I'm also honored to be on this list with so many other great bloggers/business professionals. It presents such a variety of great writers and leaders in their respective fields. I would encourage everyone to check them out. More importantly, share their work with other business leaders who may not know about them. This is not just who rocks online, it's about who rocks, period.
Finally, now that I've reached this milestone, it's more important than ever that I challenge myself. So to that end I'm looking forward to launching my own multi-contributor site in the near future--Project: Social HR. The purpose of PSHR will be twofold. One will be to encourage and support Human Resource practitioner's growth in the use of social media (SM) tools and strategies. It's been 3 years for me and yet I still hear HR and other business professionals questioning the importance of social media. Really?! So we're setting up a space where new or questioning HR pros can get their feet wet alongside more seasoned HR/SM ones.
The second purpose is to provide a forum for diverse points of view on HR and business related topics. It's going to be a space where a variety of voices can and will be heard. I believe that PSHR will create the conditions by which HR practitioners can fully demonstrate their personal and professional value in this area. If nothing else we'll all be better off for the attempt.
The launch date for Project: Social HR will be Monday, April 2nd. Mark the date on your calendar!
Thanks again to Fistful Of Talent, and everyone that's read and enjoyed this blog. I hope to bring you more HR goodness over the next year, both here and on Project: Social HR. Now it's time to get back to work!
Note: If you're interested, Steve Boese, FOT contributor and HR Tech blogger, revealed the Top 5 on his radio show, HR Happy Hour, last night. Have a listen!