Approaching a Year- Why You Need to Blog

It is approaching quickly.  1 year.  1 year ago I wrote my first blog.  It was called "The Simple Things" http://bit.ly/MjKaeQ  it trended better than I would have ever imagined.  I had never written anything other than a college paper.  Why did I start writing?  Why did I start blogging?  I think I wanted to tell a story.  I wanted to help others.  I wanted to share my experiences with people so they could learn from not only my achievements but mistakes.  

I would have never imaged in a million years that people would be interested in what I had to say.  I still am in awe.  I guess people can relate.  I truly don't know.  I feel l have learned a lot over the past year.  As an otherwise unrecognized recruiter outside of Austin, I have had people from around the globe want to connect with me and talk about their similar experiences.

I have done some pretty cool things.  I have taken myself completely out of my comfort zone and voiced opinions and debated with world renowned top recruiters.  I have gone on the Animal Show.  I started using Twitter, which I had not used regularly until late last year.  I have done some pretty cool guest blogs.  I have made some great friends.  I have become a featured blogger on Recruitingblogs.com, which still baffles me.  

So what does the next year bring?  I don't know yet.  If I can connect with people and help just 1 person, then I think I will continue to write.  

I guess what I am trying to say is there are others out there just like me.  I encourage you to put your thoughts on paper.  Listen, comment, and learn.  I have written some good stuff, and looking back some pretty bad stuff also.  I've learned what people like, and what they don't.  

My writings are 100% original. What I have realized is that In the social media era, blogging has become increasingly important.  People do want to hear your ORIGINAL story.  In 1 year you will be amazed of what you have accomplished.  

Recruiter or not, I want to challenge you to become a SME at whatever you do.  Voice your opinions and learn.  For me, Recruiting Blogs has allowed me to connect with some of the best recruiters from around the world.  Find a site that works for you.  Connect with the leaders.  It will make a difference. 

Happy Friday all.  Good Luck

Will

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Comment by Seth Lidren on July 26, 2013 at 11:48am

Thanks for this, Will.  I've been debating back and forth to start.  The idea intrigues, I start writing, then I end up bypassing.  This may help push it...but I don't know.  Good writing...

Comment by Will Thomson on July 26, 2013 at 12:00pm

Give it a shot Seth.  I guarantee you have some stories to share and some thoughts to share.  Blogging has helped my career in so many ways.  It can help yours too.  Good luck!  Will

Comment by Noel Cocca on July 26, 2013 at 3:55pm

Thank you Will.  We/I started much the same way.  Writing for RecruitingDaily.com.  Thank you for being an important part of our community!

Comment by Will Thomson on July 26, 2013 at 4:00pm

Noel- It has been a wild ride.  Never in a million years would I have thought I would have written anything.  I am kind of addicted at this point.  Thanks for sharing content.  What a great platform to do so.  

Comment by Barbara Taylor on July 31, 2013 at 1:40am

Thanks Wll for the encouragement.  I am new to all this social media stuff but I like to read all the views and maybe one fine day I will be able to add my own.  It seems as if all the interesting topics have been covered so finding something new and refreshing is a bit daunting, but as you say, just start and then the ideas flow.

Comment by Will Thomson on July 31, 2013 at 9:34am

Hey Barbara.  You know it is funny.  I felt exactly the same way when I started.  I thought about it for years before I actually put pen to paper.  Let me put it this way.  You are a recruitment director from Zimbabwe.  I am from Austin, TX.  How cool is that?  I have tons to learn from you as do others.  :)

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