I’ve been so busy lately that I completely forgot the anniversary of this blog! Yes, believe it or not, HR to Who is two years old! My social media and blogging experiment is still ongoing – and now enters into year number three! Indulge me for a moment as I take a look back on year’s one and two.
Happy Second Anniversary HR to WHO
November 18th marked two years since I registered kylemjones.com. And, to commemorate that, I wrote the following in a first year anniversary post:
I have to admit that I am proud of myself. I am left with no other option but to pat myself on my back. I must give myself praise for all the mistakes I’ve made with the HR to Who blog since November 2012. Wait…did I just say give myself praise for all the mistakes?? Yes. I did.
Sound a bit boastful? Maybe, but the reason behind the comment – the pat on the back – was the result of consistency. I had attempted to begin the website and blogging journey as far back as 2007/2008, but did so without any knowledge of what I was really doing. I had no idea of SEO, website design, etc. By 2010, a little bit of (dangerous) knowledge led me to create several failed blogs. Basically, I didn’t know what I wanted to write about.
Then, in 2012, a lightbulb moment happened and HR to Who: From Human Resources to Doctor Who was born.
I’ve learned quite a few lessons while I’ve sailed along this social media and blogging highway. I’ve made as many mistakes as discoveries. Here are a few lessons:
- Blogging takes time and effort.
- You will mess up. Accept it. Embrace it. Move on.
- Sometimes the post you spend the most time writing will produce less results than the one you spend the least.
- Don’t overthink it.
- Take a break when you need it.
- Your voice is your own. No one else has that voice but YOU.
- Work hard and be consistent.
- Know why you blog. Yes, know your purpose.
Rewards Earned and Thanks Given
Blogging is its own reward if you truly love to write, but writing a blog can have other positive impacts on your life. There are some truly fantastic people who I communicate with via email, social media, etc. who have entered my life as a direct result of my blogging efforts. While the list would be quite extensive, I won’t mention them all in fear of omitting anyone. However, I will be honest and say that some deserve mentioning because of the timeliness of their initial interactions. By fate or coincidence, they happen to be connections made at the beginning of this journey. They are:
- Steve Browne
- Robin Schooling
- Victorio Milian
- Ben Eubanks
- Susan Avello
I would also like to mention Louis Trapani, the brainchild behind the longest running Doctor Who podcast, Doctor Who: Podshock. I’ve been a fan of Podshock since 2006/07 when I first purchased an iPod (classic). Who would have thought in 2014 I would have been an active contributor to the live recordings for the current season of Doctor Who?
Everyone should be lucky and have a friend who is a web programmer. Actually, let me be specific: Everyone should be lucky and have a friend who is a web programmer who does not mind answering questions. I’ve been lucky in counting Clarence Brown as a friend (and fellow Whovian). Clarence has offered domain advice, image suggestions, style setup, etc. And, on more than one occasion, he has fix something I accidentally broke. To be quite honest, his input has helped me continue on this journey and I am 100% thankful for his help.
Finally, when I began, I would not have expected to become an official blogger of a respected HR site! Well, now I have and am very honored to be a member of the Performance I Create family!
The Third Year
I won’t say what I have planned for year three because I don’t know. I wouldn’t have expected to be working for another company this time last year.
So, with that in mind, I plan to make one (hopeful) promise for The Third Year: I want to continue writing.
(I also want to expand my podcasting footprint.)
If you are reading this right now, I thank you. Yes, THANK YOU for taking your time to read what I’ve written. It is appreciated more than you know.