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The 2 Blogs You Would Choose

Theres a long running radio show in the UK called desert island disks. On the show, celebrities get interviewed and get to choose three tracks and three books, or similar to take with them. When you try to tie down music or books to a small choice, it’s really hard. Earlier this evening I asked a random question on Twitter and Facebook. If you could only read 2 blogs, which would they be, It’s a bit of a tough one to answer.
Like books or music, theres different blogs for different moods. Some writers make you laugh, others make you angry, some inform and educate you, and others make you feel like you are home. Choosing just two is a next to impossible task. When you are a prolific blog reader like me, it’s easy to draft a list of 30 that might make the list, but cutting it down to just two is close to impossible.

When I look at the blogs that would make the short list there are some common traits that offer a good insight in what makes for a popular blog. Consistency in style and authentic voice is the thing that really stands out. I’m a bit of a grazer of content, picking up headings that appeal in the social channels. Theres some links I will always click on because I know the content is going to be good, and what I expect. I’m rarely disappointed by what I find. Theres a group of 20 bloggers who I subscribe to because I never want to miss a post, and I read each and every one.

Despite the difficulty in making the choice, I have to apply the same rules to myself as I do to others, so here is my two:

The Boolean Black Belt – Glen Cathey

Mark Rice - Andsome Blog

Both blogs educate me. Glens blog is like a text-book on internet sourcing. I’m fascinated by the things I don’t know. His style is to simplify without patronising, and they are never less than 2000 words. No comedy, but a brilliant education.

Marks blog details the work and thoughts of his business Andsome People. The Andsome team are the best at social recruiting that I know. The campaigns are usually brilliantly simple, and his dry humour makes me smile.

I’d hate to have to choose just two, I’m grateful to everyone who shares their thoughts and learning in my daily read, My random question got the following answers, although it was hard for everyone: (All the links are to the blogs by the writer listed.)

> Trish McFarlane – Kris Dunn and Steve Boese

> Robin Schooling – Kris Dunn and Laurie Ruettimann

> Aaron Kato – Bill Boorman (twice) – I think tongue in cheek

> Jay Kuhns – I read Laurie Ruettimann daily, the rest is too hard

> William Tincup – I’d cheat and choose Fist Full Of Talent and either HRExaminer or TLNT because they are collectives with lots of blogs.

> Matthew Stollack – Steve Benen and Charles Pierce

> Buzz Rooney – Jay Kuhns, and I refuse to choose a second because it is too hard

> Jeremy Roberts – I couldn’t handle that much of any 2 blogger so I would stop reading blogs.

> Dwane Lay – Can I choose me twice? The real answer: Scott Adams and Mark Cuban.

It was a 10 minute straw poll, but perhaps the instant answer is the right one. Who would be your choice of two bloggers? Lets make a list, and add the links so that we can all enjoy them. Sharing is caring!


Sunday ShoutOut: Laurie Ruettimann – The Original HR Punk

This Sunday shoutout is a real pleasure to do. Ruettimann is a bloggers blogger. Possibly the biggest celebrity blogger in the HR space. She is often imitated, but never emulated, and imitation is the biggest form of flattery. I could never write like Laurie, though I have studied her style since the PunkRockHR days. (Ruettimanns former blog.). I first met Laurie at Recruitfest in Toronto when I was first dreaming up #TruLondon, and Laurie has been a constant ever since. What I love about Laurie’s writing style is that she talks to her readers, and is in tune with what they are thinking, but perhaps not saying. She drops enough F bombs, B bombs and S bombs to be shocking, but not enough to be offensive. I mean this next bit as a BIG compliment, she has mastered the art of leaving a post hanging so that any reader feels the need to add a comment or view, and everyone who contributes is answered. It is the perfect community blog, where readers feel like members of the community. If you don’t know it, check out The Cynical Girl, for all things HR, Social Media and Cats.

Ruettimann is well-known among the blogging and HR community for being supportive and a great resource. I can personally think of 8 prominent bloggers in the space who were mentored and advised by Laurie whilst they were building up their popularity and following. She also has an uncanny knack of knowing just when you need a word of advice or a friendly word of support, and the messages come without prompting. I’m grateful for the support Laurie has offered me.

In April 2011 Ruettimann joined Brett Starr’s unique team at The Starr Conspiracy, the mysterious band of collaborators in the HR Capital Management space. Take a look at their website to see what I mean. Ruettimann is described on the site as AgentOO8, the cat lady. Ruettimann has responsibility for among other things social media implementation and advice to clients among other things, but it is perhaps her innovative blog incubator project that has most caught my eye. Ruettimann has always been an activist for bloggers rights. She inspired me to believe that I shouldn’t really write for free, and it is a practice I have stopped, and a message I have passed on to other bloggers. Ruettimann is a big believer that bloggers spend time perfecting their craft, researching and creating content and building a following. This has a value, particularly when you add up the combined niche audience, and the credibility that bloggers bring to advertisers by association. The Starr Conspiracy have the customers to add revenue streams to credible bloggers. It is another example of how Laurie is looking to support the blogger community at large.

Ruettimann has been a big supporter of #trulondon, and has helped to bridge the gap between the US and UK communities, and is always a welcome face  in the crowd. She always has a new and challenging view-point to the conversation, and despite her celebrity status, is approachable by everyone. I know that Laurie’s involvement has brought credibility to the crazy circus, and has gone some way to attracting participants. I’m thankful for her support, involvement and friendship.

Aside from her blog, where Ruettimann posts most days, she has been a columnist at The Conference Board since 2009,an advisor to SmartBrief and is regularly featured in publications like Forbes, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CFO Magazine, Mens Health and Shape Magazine outside of our niche. Ruettimann has also founded HR start-ups New Media Services LLC and HRM Today. Prior to joining the writing and social-media merry=go-round, Laurie had an HR career spanning 11 years, working for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for 3 years, insurance company Kemper for 2 years, Unilever for 1 year, Spherion as a recruiter for a year, Yoh managed staffing for 3 years and The Hershey Company for 8 months. It has been a progressive career, leading up to becoming a spokesman for both the industry and women in business. The latter was recognised by Forbes when PunkRockHR was listed in the top 100 blogs for women in business.

Away from the HR and social-media world, Laurie is married to Ken, and is ruled by 4 cats, who feature regularly in her posts, It is another of Laurie’s writing qualities that she connects with her readers and social connections by sharing her personality , personal life and pet tales in proportion to news and commentary, that allows everyone to make a personal connection. Scrubby, her oldest cat, has its own clan of twitter followers and Facebook friends, though the rest of the family are often featured. At the end of this post I’ve included Lauries presentation on pet blogging which shows her philosophy.

Thanks Laurie for all you do, you set the bar for all of us to try to reach, but more importantly, thanks for being a friend.


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#HRCarnival: Posts in pictures. June 20′th Edition.

I’m honoured to be hosting this months #HRCarnival. It was a short notice request to step in, but I knew the community would come good, and they did. Thanks everyone who contributed, I loved reading your blogs. The great thing about hosting the carnival is that you get to discover a few new blogs, and get a reminder of just how good the content is out there. I salute every blogger who takes the time to hit the keyboard and share their thoughts, words and wisdom.
As always, I’ve decided to do things a bit different. and tell the story of the blogs by the images they use. I’ve also set up an #HRCarnival pinterest board featuring each of the images which I hope will drive the traffic these posts so richly deserve. Please take the time to come back and visit each and every one of the blogs. You can get to any of the posts by clicking on the featured images which will take you there. Every picture tells a story!

Thoughts on the limits of HR. A thought provoking post from John Sumser. HR Examiner.


The words we use. A great post on off hand comments overheard. HR SchoolHouse. Robin Schooling

Social media builds brand but it is nothing without substance. A detailed piece on employer brand, social media and other thoughts from global super sourcer Sparsh Ahuja on Sourcecon.

Do panty hose matter? Susan M Heathfield asks the question and invites you to take part in a poll on About.Com

Use a mix of tools to assess future executives. Nicole Jue on the productivity blog shares research on assessments. it is worth a read. I’d love to get access to the white paper, though you need to be a member of i4cp.

Workforce analytics at 38,000 feet. An off the cuff interview. I just love this spontaneous post from Lois Melbourne, and it makes a great point on the Aquire blog. Enjoy<!–

Association is not a protected category, or is it? Michael B Haberman asks the question about discrimination by association on the Omega HR Solutions Blog.

Job descriptions: Do we need them? Abu Dhabi based Sandri Bardot asks the question on compensation insider.

The biggest physician hospital recruiting myth. All we need is more candidates. Bit of a product plug at the end but a good intro. Carl Brickman.

The biggest physician hospital recruiting myth. All we need is more candidates. Bit of a product plug at the end but good intro thoughts

an acid pen. Enjoy this post on Change Effect.
Cyclical V Structural unemployment. I’ve been really enjoying China Gormans data series because I’m learning. this post looks at unemployment numbers. The whole series is worth a look.

creating an internship that works.. A topic close to my heart and some great advice. Nancy Saperstone of Insight shares.

Updating the definition of career development. Julie Giuloni is it about the forms or the conversations? read Julies thoughts on the Julie WG blog

Refusing to increase base pay further? This is a real life case study from a day to day HR situation by Abu Dhabi based Sandrine Bardot on the compensation insider blog.

Asking better questions at work. Better questions equal better results. Ben Eubanks comments on the power of great questioning on the Upstart HR Blog.

Doin’ the Hogan. A review of the hogan test by the Devon Group on the Devon Group blog.

Four social media mistakes and how to avoid them. Great advice on the sourcecon blog from TMP’s Steven Ehrlich

Recruiting budget shortfalls on the horizon? Optimize resources for effective results. Brin McCagg of OneWire asks the question and offers good advice on making the most of what youve got on the Sourcecon blog.

Are you the very model of a modern HR leader? The excellent Naomi Bloom talks HR leadership on In Full Bloom.

SHRM, Hockey And Helping. The crazt Dwayne Lay announces an idea for #SHRM12 that is growing and growing. I’m playing!

Whats your legacy? A passionate blog about poor leadership from Chris Fields.

How strategically aligned is your leadership development program? Dan Mccarthy gives a model for getting things in order.

The alien world of work. Sci-fi fan Mike Vandervort is one of my favourite bloggers. He makes you think. Check out this post on The Human Racehorses.

How not to win friends and influence people. I like Neil,he is my buddy. He can have an acid pen. Enjoy this post on Change Effect.

Cyclical V Structural unemployment. I’ve been really enjoying China Gormans data series because I’m learning. this post looks at unemployment numbers. The whole series is worth a look.

Contrary to popular belief – There is no secret to employee recognition. Paul hebert at his hard hitting best dispelling myths and BS.

How to lose the war for talent. Ben Martinez at the curiously named HR Hound On A Coffee Buzz blog gives some thoughts on how to adopt social, and if you are ready.

Staring at a blank page. it’s Steve Browne. read it, it’s worth it!