I'm not sure "saddened" is the right word, however I was moved the other day when I saw that Jason Davis had decided to pull the plug on his involvement with Recruitingblogs.com.
The institution in Recruiting circles, OK my Recruiting circles that is Recruitingblogs has done so much to help shape my outlook in the Recruiting game. It has acted as a font of knowledge and learning, a guilty pleasure, a treasured obsession. It became part of my daily routine, and after a small amount of time lurking, I truly discovered, what you can get out of being involved in a community, in fact what social media is all about. (Wow... looking back in the archives... my first post was April 28, 2008. I still remember pressing "publish" and the dread I felt.)
I felt like I had found the answer, I was sitting at the feet of masters daily and soaking up the knowledge. I was able to debate, learn, reaffirm, comment, question, all with people with an underlying familiar passion. (And I didn't sound too stupid putting my $0.02 in either) It's funny, finding so many like minded people in one place kinda cemented or legitimised me and my chosen career path. Being a Recruiter was no longer something to be ashamed of or hidden in conversation. I am eternally grateful for that.
Whilst at face value Recruitingblogs.com is a website, a commodity, something to be sold and bought (Check out the auction site here people) it is genuinely a community. People globally converse about Recruiting issues, and when the chat function is working (Which has come and gone and come back again over the years, and probably receded a bit since Twitter took over the world) about completely obtuse, "life" stuff. Many the time I found myself still chatting at 2-3am (yes, it was a sickness).
Whilst, I can only hope that one day I can sit in a room, share a beer or a coffee with all the wonderful people I've "met", "befriended", skyped, conversed with or argued with, from around the planet. I still feel like I know them, and call a number of them friends. (That sounds a little weird huh, but it's true)
I've tried other sites, ERE seemed too smart for me (no offense readers), Recruiter Earth, well that kinda lacked soul I thought, so I became a Recruiting Community snob for a while there, Recruitingblogs.com was my online home.
I'll admit of late, life and work have got in the way of my involvement here, but I always check in.
Well here we are, again, well past midnight and 111 blog posts later and I still can't get enough of the site.
Now Jason AKA Slouch is moving on. All I can say is thank you for setting this up, for driving it the way you have, for the conversations and the chats and the other cool stuff that has been born from Recruitingblogs.com. It really has changed my Recruiting life and I can't say that about too many things. Good luck in what you choose to do, from speaking with you I know you'll be a star! And to whomever buys this site..... YOU HAVE BIG SHOES TO FILL! (no pressure)