It has been a very long time since I’ve paid attention to this blogsite. In the past couple of years I’ve used it to blog during conferences but that’s about it.
The site shows its age; weathered, stale. It was developed over ten years ago. I had all sorts of ideas and I was passionate. In the beginning it had a lot of traffic.
But times have changed. I left for a while.
So I want to know, “Are you still here”? I’m very curious about this. I’m not sure who is still milling about.
I’m not exactly sure why I stopped blogging regularly. I used to enjoy writing and keeping up with the site. Most important I valued the connections I made from it.
When I started, while I was hopeful about the blogsite’s prospects, I never expected that success would be tied to a community of bloggers, and readers, interested in engagement and talking all things HR. I had no idea whether the site would have an audience, which it did, for a time.
I have often said that HR is a lonely business. In many organizations, an HR team is just one or two people. Whether they are agents of engagement or paper pushers, well that’s dependent upon a number of factors, not all talent or capability related. Having like minded people out there, even if just on the wires, was comforting to me.
Things changed a few years ago. In my opinion, HR blogging became less about connecting and more about getting attention, like we were another version of the Kardashians. I couldn’t keep up, didn’t want to keep up. Also, it seemed that the social media engines tried to own everything. Monetizing impacted content for the worse. And I feel that Trump ruined Twitter for normal people.
For me personally, I had the chance to do some other things and I turned away. You know, hiking and stuff. And work has been insanely busy.
I stopped reading blogs. Sorry, if you were or still are a regular blogger, in the most Canadian way, I apologize for stopping. It started gradually but then one day I realized I wasn’t reading them anymore. It wasn’t your content, it was me. I didn’t evolve into the world of podcasts, I just sort of checked out.
So why am I writing this?
I’m thinking of coming back to blogging, maybe not this site specifically, maybe not in the first person. But I am definitely thinking about blogging again.
Are you still here? If yes, let me know.
If you are here, what are you up to? Are you still interested in blogs?
Where can I find you?
Is there a chance we can reconnect?
I look forward to hearing from you, in whatever way you feel like reaching me.