The Best HR Blogs Are Like Obscenities

Laurie Ruettimann HR, Laurie Ruettimann

As many of you know, I think that most HR bloggers are sketchy and irresponsible. The same men and women who claim to be experts and tell me to be authentic during the interview process are the ones who hit the internet and judge me on an unreliable Facebook photo.

So I call bullshit on most of the poseurs and nerds who claim to be experts in recruiting, talent management and strategic HR leadership.

But there are a few HR blogs out there that catch my eye. Here are some thoughts on what makes for a great HR blog:

Authenticity

Does the blogger speak with a voice that seems true and real? Do you find yourself agreeing with the general tone and content on the site?

Whenever I find a good Human Resources blog, I channel my inner Meg Ryan and scream YES YES YES at my computer monitor.

Ubiquity

I think the wisdom of a crowd is overstated; however, it is always important to observe patterns and trends. Do other people comment, forward and retweet blog posts? Do your friends and colleagues generally like and recommend a blog? Do you see the blogger everywhere?

When a blogger has an established presence, he is “HR famous” for a reason. Pay attention to that.

Expertise

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There are excellent HR practitioners who blog and tweet, but I like to check the blogger's background out on LinkedIn and make the call for myself. Does the CV match the hype?

Entertainment

I don't care how much you love Human Resources; this stuff can get pretty boring. A good HR blogger offers his readers something more than the drone of data, metrics and analysis. I like blogs that entertain me with a unique and refreshing perspective on the world. I want to peek behind the curtain and see aspects of a blogger's personal life. What makes him tick? What's interesting? What is on this blogger's iPod?

Don't just lecture me on integrated HCM solutions. Tell me what you think about life, love and the world around you.

I really adore my blogging brethren, but it can be tough to find a good HR blog that captures my attention for more than a week. In my humble opinion, a good HR blog is like an obscenity: I can't define it outright, but I'll know it when I see it.

How do you define a good HR blog?

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