I had a few drinks with Gerry Crispin
this evening. He was in Toronto doing work. Every time I get a few hours with him, and lately it has been quite a bit, I always walk away with a sense that anyone can really do anything or that anyone can change the things around them.
I usually have to hold myself back when talking with people who know things about things I am interested. Once I was at a wedding and I was introduced to a guy who was an announcer at what was then the WWF. I remember hearing my wife saying to herself "Oh No" I'll tell you, I had that guy in a corner for a long time. I was firing the questions, I was on autofire. The thing about Gerry is that he never seems to mind the questions and is always free flowing with his knowledge and ideas.
He has some good ideas about blogs. Gerry has a clear belief that blogs today represent what really is an evolving communication tool that keeps getting better. I guess to call a blog a blog is very limiting in itself. In the last two weeks, I have seen a community of like minded people very quickly be willing to look at new ways of interacting with each other. Where it all goes remains to be seen but the creativity all around us that drives new ways to communicate with each each other is just staggering.
I've written about this before but I remember calling John Sumser up way back when I started blogging on Recruiting.com and telling him that monster
wants to test run some ads on my blog for 10k a month, for a three month period and that I was seriously thinking about saying no because I was afraid it would ruin the purity of the blog.
I got the same answer as John when I called Jeremy Wright
and asked him.
Back then, in my mind, a blog had no ads, a blog was pure.
I took the money and then asked Michael
if they wanted to help make the blog better. Now most blogs don't look like old blogs because of all of the widgets and stuff. I think it's cool as hell.
Tomorrow on the Recruiting Animal Show
, The Recruiting Animal will be talking about if blogs can become media companies. I say absolutely. However, a recruiter does not need a media site, they just need a simple page with no ads that talks about the industry they serve and the searches they are doing.
It's real simple.