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January 18, 2011 / Mervyn Dinnen

Is HR Blogging the new Rock ‘n Roll??

“This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band.” (punk fanzine, 1977)

Or maybe it’s the new punk rock?

It certainly fits well with the DIY ethic of punk, the anyone-can-do-it attitude, and the embracing of individualism and free thought.

Now we’re all doing it…and we’re all reading them! It’s huge and growing. And to think that barely 6 months ago we were bemoaning the lack of new HR bloggers in the UK!

Over the last few months there has been a real increase in the number of HR professionals and recruiters starting their own blogs…some to document their thoughts and adventures, others to enhance their job hunt, others to enlighten us about their jobs or to ask for support.

But even this growth was trumped last weekend with four new bloggers starting to publish…and not shy with it either! Two of them launched with two or more posts!

Want to know who they are? Then read this blog from Alison Chisnell, herself a near veteran blogger (of 3 months!!) Four HR Blogs to Brighten Your January – such is the pace that a fifth new blog was published whilst she was writing (read last paragraph)

I love this explosion of creativity and energy, insight and soul searching. Having put my blog at the forefront of my job search I know that many companies and recruiters are reading them…even those not actively using social media are reading blogs and subscribing.

Three things I really like are:

1)      They are all different…the ones that I have read are really personal and honest, showing what it’s like to be a practicing HR professional, the highs and lows

2)      Anyone can start one…the current platforms of choice are wordpress, posterous and blogger and they make it so easy to set up and maintain a blog that there is no need to be a tecchie. All very punk!

3)      They really show what it’s like to work in HR…as Charlie Duff (Editor, HR Zone) wrote earlier today about one of the best new posts Angel of Doom:

“This is what the CIPD should be quoting as a reason to work in HR”

If you haven’t started yet…what’s stopping you?

WordPress is the new MySpace!!







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  1. thehrd / Jan 18 2011 9:22 AM

    Bloody bloggers……like buses……

  2. Trish McFarlane / Jan 18 2011 12:51 PM

    Soon we’ll be mainstream. The nerve! lol

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Jan 18 2011 5:24 PM

      lol indeed! We will be…they’ll have to start publishing HR print magazines as a backlash!

  3. garethmjones / Jan 18 2011 1:07 PM

    And then what will the next ‘blogging’ be??! Great to see the momentum. Keep it up folks!

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Jan 18 2011 5:24 PM

      Don’t know but there’s a business plan in there somewhere…

  4. Rick / Jan 18 2011 1:22 PM

    Hey, does that mean I can get blind drunk, smash up hotel rooms, be rude to people and get away with it?

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Jan 18 2011 5:22 PM

      Some of the after unconference drinking sessions can get a bit like that…you’ll need to pick up the tab though, probably outside HRs budget 😉

  5. thehrd / Jan 18 2011 3:10 PM

    I’m going to unblog……..

    • @BillBoorman / Jan 18 2011 5:00 PM

      Hey Theo, I have the copyrite on Unblog

      • Mervyn Dinnen / Jan 18 2011 5:21 PM

        Had you two down as the Johnny Rotten and Suggs of this new R&R landscape ;o)

  6. Rick / Jan 18 2011 6:15 PM

    I suppose that makes me Shane MacGowan!

  7. onatrainagain / Jan 18 2011 10:02 PM

    A great post and thanks for the mention! It is very possible that my only good post will be The Angel of Doom and the rest will just be rubbish. Very rock and roll! I’ll be a one hit wonder 😉

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Jan 19 2011 9:47 PM

      No one-hit wonders in blogging, I’m sure! And I am also sure that you will write many posts as interesting and thought provoking as Angel of Doom!

  8. Betty / Jan 19 2011 9:32 PM

    I love blog n bull, so put another dime in the jukebox baby. 😉
    Love this post Merv x
    On another note, how come no-one wants to read my insane rambling blog? Oh yeah, it’s complete shite…..!

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Jan 19 2011 9:49 PM

      Your blog is good Betty…there is a place for rambling and insane bloggers…not that you are one of them! ;o)


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