One Day Count Down…10 Year Anniversary

today’s post is from Micole Kay, friend of the Carnival of HR!  Follow her on the twitterz at @SocialMicole 

If I had to describe Carnival of HR in one word, I would call it “inspiring.” Over the past 10 years, the HR community has surrounded itself around prominent industry leaders and bloggers. Today, I’m happy to call many of those folks my mentors and friends.

When Robin posted about contributing to the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration of Carnival of HR, I was excited. Many now prominent bloggers started on HR Carnival as young bloggers. Today, I read Suzanne Lucas’s blog The Real Evil HR Lady and am still amused, amazed, surprised to hear she started Carnival of HR a decade ago this month. It’s been a real throwback and challenge trying to pick a favorite post.

The person who wrote my favorite post is someone I especially admire. Steve Boese has done amazing things for the HR industry including bringing the HR Technology world together and in the forefront of the HR community, bringing together inspirational industry leaders with the HR community to better HR on HR Happy Hour, and even starting the first Women in Leadership event at the annual HR Technology Conference and Expo in 2016. His post The Carnival of HR and the Old Days of HR Blogging is really touching and describes the angst of being a new blogger.

The first time I wrote a blog post was for a ‘Digital English’ class. Without knowing it, we basically had to create a digital presence – one little bit at a time. I thought the entire project was stupid. By the end, however, even though I instantly removed that WordPress profile, nobody would ever see it, and it was just a stupid class assignment, I was proud.

When I started working in social media, I started working on my own blog – not one class-assigned. I didn’t think I had anything important to say, but I liked writing so I decided to write anyway. (I wouldn’t even show my boyfriend who tried to sneak previews of it over my shoulder.) One of my first posts was on the importance of editing – I was shocked and terrified, anxious (I should probably see someone about that) when people commented on my post. They read what I had to say and thought it was important enough or interesting enough to respond.

When I started working at Ultimate Software, I started including posts on my personal blog about HR topics. I started writing on virtual employment, HR collateral like India’s Sexual Harassment Handbook, bad management mistakes in pop culture, and more. Though I write with the intention that nothing I write will be read, the first time I was asked to guest blog on an HR blog, I was really excited. Chris Fields probably couldn’t tell this from the other side on Twitter, but I was beaming and even more excited when my post was finally published. When Paul Hebert asked me to guest-host on his podcast “Paul-cast,” I got the same feeling.

As a young blogger, it’s nice to see how far Steve has come with the same opportunities – the same ‘first blog post experience.’ It’s nice to see how far he’s come and how much of an impact one person has had on the entire industry. I know he would have been successful either way, because at the very least he’s persistent as heck. I’m excited for what the future looks like for not only me, but for HR. I’ll be happy if I make even a fraction of the impact Steve has.

Happy 10 years, all.

Carnival Recollections – Take 2

Long time friend of the Carnival (and long time blogger!) Steve Boese wrote a post in October 2016 over at his site –  “The Carnival of HR and the Old Days of HR Blogging.”  Let’s see what Steve had to say….

“I started blogging in about 2007, right about the time I started teaching a course in HR Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

For some reason in my HR Tech class I thought it would be a good idea to make sure the students knew about blogging – how to set up a blog, how to update a blog, how to write on a blog, etc. And in what turned out to be indicative of a few other things I covered in that class, I realized I needed to sort out how to do those things myself before I could teach them to the students.

And so the first iteration of this blog was launched in 2007.

Sometime later that year I ran through the same exercise with Twitter. I thought it important to talk about and demonstrate this new thing called Twitter in class, so I had to learn how to use it myself. So in late 2007, my initial Twitter handle, @Sbjet was born. I remember being VERY excited when I crossed 100 followers. That was big time in 2008.

And something else was big time, at least to me, back in the early days of my HR and HR Tech blogging – the monthly Carnival of HR. 

I have not written about the Carnival of HR in ages, so chances are some, or maybe even many, folks reading this blog today are not familiar with the Carnival. But back in 2008 and 2009 this monthly collection of the best blog posts from around the HR blogosphere was a really, really big deal. I tried for what seems like ages to get a post of mine included in the Carnival, only to be passed over. 

I was pretty much unknown, writing a dumb blog about technology and teaching for a tiny, tiny readership. 

But I kept on submitting a post each month anyway, and…” (click here to read the rest of Steve’s post) 


image: W. C. Fields as carnival sideshow barker Gabby Gilfoil in a scene from the 1927 Paramount Pictures film Two Flaming Youths.

Carnival Recollections – Take 1

We’re gearing up for the 10th Anniversary of the Carnival of HR (in February) and a few of our favorite bloggers and friends have dropped by to share their memories…

Dave Ryan, @DavetheHRCzar

If I remember correctly the Carnival of HR was started or significantly evolved from RealEvilHRLady, Suzanne Lucas and Wally Bock (Three Star Leadership). They were a couple of pioneers in the HR Blog world.  At that time, Suzanne was a “closet” blogger – few knew her real identity.

Since that time, the Carnival has become a mainstream fixture in the #HR/#Recruiting space out here on the interwebs.  Thanks to all of the HR peeps that have kept this thing moving forward for so many years.  When I look back, things sure have changed.

Shauna Moerke-Griffis, @HR_Minion (Carnival of HR Ringmistress, 2009 – 2015)

Getting to be involved in the Carnival of HR has been a great experience for me and It has been a joy to have been involved for almost the full ten years. It helped me connect with the community when I stopped blogging anonymously, it’s introduced me to different writers, and it’s helped me become a stronger HR pro.

Naomi Lee Bloom, @InFullBloomUS

Why do you contribute to the Carnival of HR?

It’s a great vehicle for bringing my work to an audience that may not follow me on Twitter, read my blog directly or indirectly via the Enterprise Irregulars, or otherwise know my work and career – and that means nearly everyone under forty. 🙂 

What has the Carnival of HR meant to you?

It’s been a great way for me to learn from folks whose work I might not otherwise see and about topics which should be but often aren’t on my radar.

Why is the Carnival of HR is still relevant, important or cool?

Someday we may all have fabulous AI or robotic assistants who do our curation in the most brilliant and imaginative and perfect fit ways, but at the moment, we’re very dependent on human curation, and the Carnival of HR is just that.