I came to blogging fairly late, in keeping with my tendency to listen, analyze, and discover the meaning of something before acting. Paradoxically, I was also an early adopter of social media, observing and consulting behind the scenes on the uses of new media with my clients. As I worked with clients, I came to the understanding that blogs are just a different way to tell a story.
I warmed up to storytelling as a guest blogger here on my friend Michael’s The Red Recruiter and other great forums – Career Rocketeer , Careerealism and Brainzooming to name a few and other individual blogs that
I will acknowledge soon – provided by my talented friends in the industry. As I worked into this new way of telling a story, it became apparent that what I was doing was preparing to launch my own blog community, a place where I can share my experiences and educate people interested in innovation, entrepreneurship, branding, career development and culture fit – a few of my longtime passions (I admit, the list is much longer and yes, a blog is necessary).
You readers have helped me learn how to tell a story effectively. I have discovered how to read the audience, choose topics that resonate, experiment with points of view, and share experiences and personal anecdotes. All of this has been done with the goal of giving you, the reader, the best and most current thinking on personal branding, career strategy, self-awareness and the tools of self-assessment necessary to plot a sustainable career path.
Along the way I have discovered what is important in social media: the ability to interact and observe, participate and share. Now I’m hooked, and ready to branch out and launch my own blog at TalentCulture.com, while still standing in occasionally as a guest blogger here and in a few other forums. I will use these conversations with you to continue to develop my thinking on the importance of culture fit, branding, and how to communicate the value each of us brings to our employers. (OK, many other topics too).
Guest blogging has been a great experience, one I wouldn’t trade in. It has opened up opportunities to share articles as a guest expert for several ebooks and a book, blog on a few great sites, and has helped broaden my sense of what is important to career seekers and the collective “people” experiencing this concept we know as new media.
Please take a moment to visit TalentCulture.com in a number of weeks (it will be rebranded), and be on the lookout for our new blog. You will meet the rest of my amazing team and contributors. We will certainly cover the topics of resumes and career tips and will look beyond to provide meaningful discussions on a wide array of topics: the impact of culture – employee, employer, brand, popular; work/life balance, and innovative thinking about emerging technologies and the green/sustainable market and what they mean for careerists and the larger context of business. We’ll take on generational issues. We’ll look at how new media can build your brand, and use new media to tell you how. We may even get philosophical…
Your support has helped me take a great step forward in my personal development as an entrepreneur, and brought clarity to how I can best help those who want to control their careers, rather than be victims of timing and circumstance. It’s a journey, and this is the first step. Thanks for taking it with me.
Photo Credit, Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com