I’ve been gearing up for the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Carnival of HR and, as we all know, I enjoy nothing more than a good party! The Carnival was started in 2007 by Suzanne Lucas (@RealEvilHRLady) who passed the reins over to Alison Green (@AskAManager) in 2008 before everything was handed off to Shauna Moerke-Griffis (@HR_Minion) in 2009; in January 2016 Shauna passed on the stewardship to me…and that means I get to plan the festivities!
So over the weekend I tossed a query out on Facebook to assist me in building the timeline of HR blogging. Who was first? Who wrote what…and where? Has Laurie always been blogging or does it just seem like that? Was there chocolate involved? Who brought the wine? And/or the G&Ts for our friends in the UK?
There was lots of reminiscing about which HR bloggers were the entre-drugs (my phrase) into HR blog reading; Kris Dunn, Laurie Ruettimann, Neil Morrison, Lance Haun, Ann Bares (and the crew at Compensation Cafe), ERE and Recruiting Blogs made many a list. And, since this is my space, let me add some of my early blogging faves: Trish McFarlane, Jessica Miller-Merrell, Steve Boese, Ben Eubanks, Bill Boorman, Sharlyn Lauby, Paul Hebert and Mike VanDervort.
Just the tip of the iceberg.
The Original Gangstas
Most everyone agrees that the Godfather of HR blogging was (and remains) John Sumser. John started Interbiznet in 1993, that, according to Inc. was … “a self-proclaimed Web hub for on-line recruiting… an easy-to-navigate site that, in addition to rating the top job-listing sites, also provides regular newsletters about recruiting on-line.” John, of course, remains at the forefront with HRExaminer (plus all the other things he does).
Early 1990’s – Bill Vick starts doing recorded telephone interviews
1994 – a few words from Gerry Crispin: “the first person I ever encountered ‘writing’ on the web about HR was John Sullivan who was driving academics crazy. He was using Cornell’s HR Listservs (which by the way were all managed by a grad/new professor name of Boudreau). John totally pissed off the academics who dominated in those days – which is how I tracked John down.”
1996 (May) – SHRM registers SHRM.org
1996 – CollegeRecruiter is registered by Steven Rothberg
1996 – Gerry Crispin (and Career XRoads) starts an email newsletter
1997 – Debbie McGrath registers HR.com; the deal included a case of Canadian Beer
1998 – David Manaster starts ERE (which, of course, was called “Electronic Recruiting Exchange”)
1998 – Kevin Wheeler writes his first blog post for ERE (and then began his regular column)
1998 – Barb Ling writes the book “The Internet Recruiting Edge” which leads to this August 1, 1998 article in Inc. entitled“What’s Hot: On-Line Recruiting” featuring this classic line: “…there are anywhere from 250,000 to 1 million World Wide Web sites that list job openings. That’s pretty daunting.”
1999 – a newsletter of sourcing tips is distributed called “The Sourceror’s Apprentice” (as remembered by Jim Stroud) (extra points if anyone remembers the author?)
The Young Turks
Young Turk (n), 1. Young progressive or insurgent member of an institution, movement, or political party. 2. Young person who rebels against authority or societal expectations
2000 – Louise Triance launches UK Recruiter on October 18th – the newsletter has been sent fortnightly ever since! #Props
2001 – Bonni Lile Titgemeyer starts the Employment Opportunities List
2002 – Jim Stroud begins blogging
2002/03 – Heather Hamilton launches a company blog with Microsoft
2004 – launch of RecruitingBlogs by Jason Davis; later there’s a launch of Recruitingblogswap.com for content sharing
2004 – Animal and Anthony Meaney begins Canadian Headhunter in 2004. Animal, of course, was all over radio even then!
2004 – Laurie Ruettimann starts blogging “anonymously” (and went public in August 2007)
2004 – Joel Cheesman / Cheezhead (which runs until 2009)
2004 – Steve Levy writes the first post at Recruiting Inferno (November 16th) – The Case for Character
2005 – Paul DeBettignes begins blogging
2005 – Travis Sinquefield launches his blog “Disorganized Behavior”
2005 – (circa) – Steve Toft (@FlipChartRick) begins blogging
2006 – Peter Gold launches HireStrategies
2006 – Paul Hebert writes his first post as “Incentive intelligence”
2006 – Michael Haberman launches HR Observations
2006 – Peggy McKee – gives us Medical Sales Recruiter blog
The Golden Age (2007 – 20013/ish)
A golden age is a period in a field of endeavor when great tasks were accomplished. The term originated from early Greek and Roman poets, who used it to refer to a time when mankind lived in a better time and was pure. (wikipedia)
Here’s where things picked up and there are, literally, too many to name them all. I, in a very unscientific manner, am choosing 2007 – 2013 as the Golden Age. Why? I guess because I saw people starting blogs for their love of writing or eagerness to have a conversation with the world. Beginning in 2013 (ish) <unscientific…remember??> it appeared it was more about content-machines designed to drive eyeballs to company websites, and, the individuals who did want to start a blog on their own began to do so to “build a brand.” (I am not even kidding when I tell you that here in the year 2017 I have recently had one HR practitioner say to me “I think I need to start a blog to establish my brand.” FFS).
2007 – Jon Ingham – launches Strategic HCM (July)
2007 – Jessica Miller-Merrell launches Blogging4Jobs in September (recently relaunched as Workology)
2007 – Mike Vandervort gives us the HumanRaceHorses blog (he published 1.530 posts before ending new content on the site in 2014)
2008 – Steve Boese kicks off the HR Technology blog
And hundreds of new HR blogs hit the interwebs. Hundreds. (The HRSchoolhouse was launched in 2010; I, myself, was not immune).
This was also the time of #HRHappyHour and #DrivethruHR.
Fistful of Talent was running strong and we saw the surge of other multi-contributor blogs like Performance I Create, Recruiting Daily <everything old is new again from the Recruiting Blogs family>, and TLNT and the other sites under the ERE family.
Whew. Quite a trip down memory lane! I didn’t name-check loads of people; I know. Who do we need to add? Hit me up in the comments and let’s expand the list.
And don’t forget to watch for the SPECIAL 10 year anniversary edition (February 21st) of the Carnival of HR when we celebrate all things HR blogging!