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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.

The Year in HR – 2016



Thanks to ALL our hosts for the 2016 edition of the Carnival of HR!



February 17, 2016 – Host: Bill Boorman, truMunity

March 16, 2016 – Host: Melissa FairmanHRremix

April 20, 2016 – Host: Jessica Miller-MerrellBlogging4Jobs

May 4, 2016 – Host: Paul Hebert50over50HR *** special Excellence over Time edition

May 18, 2016 – Host: Mark StelznerInflexion Advisors

June 15, 2016 – Host: Dwane LayDovetail Software 

July 20, 2016 – Host: Sarah BrennanHR Tech Blog

August 17, 2016 – Host, Patrick MullarkeyMentoring Mullarkey

September 21, 2016 – Host: Cascade  

October 24, 2016 – Host: TrishMcFarlaneHRRingleader 

November 16, 2016 – Host: Christine Assaf,  HR Tact

December 21, 2016 – Host: Chris FieldsPerformance I Create



Stay tuned as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Carnival of HR in 2017!