I received a number of emails and DMs after the rollout of Fistful of Talent’s HR Blog Power Rankings v.8 with sympathetic cries of “injustice” that I didn’t make this year’s list. I see this as a great opportunity to set the record straight on a couple of things.
While I appreciate your patronage, your readership, and your loyalty, whether you or anyone else likes what I write is of little consequence to me. I don’t really blog for you and I certainly don’t blog for Fistful of Talent. I blog for one person and one person only: Charlie Judy (that’s me). Is that selfish? Maybe. Do I care? Nope.
I don’t blog for a living nor do I have any intention of ever doing so. I don’t care if my subscriber ranks are 400 or 40,000. I don’t care how many hits I get a month. I don’t feel compelled to post once a day or even once a week. I only feel compelled to post what I want when I want. And if you like what I post and choose to engage in the dialog I think that’s really cool. And if you don’t, I think that’s even cooler.
Do I think ‘Top Lists’ have a place in this world? Of course they do. I’ve been on the FOT list twice and I respect (pretty much) everyone who writes over there. They have great perspective on the HR blogosphere and they are more than entitled to their opinion. But I offer my caution to two groups…
To the aspiring blogger: do not take any one of these lists as any indication whatsoever as to how well you blog and whether or not you have a voice. The beauty of blogging is that everyone has a voice. Don’t let the attraction of being recognized as the “Top” at anything drive what you do every day. Start with whether what you’re doing and how you’re doing it brings YOU any pleasure.
To the HR blog reader: pay attention to these lists. But don’t rely on them entirely. Find and read what YOU like and don’t let anyone tell you what you should like.
Last week someone tweeted out the following about this blog: “@HRFishbowl shoots from the hip and says ‘up yours’ if you don’t like it – he’s real bcz he writes 4 himself not an audience.” Sorry, but that right there is really the only kind of list I need to be on.
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