Two years ago, I started a blog called L’enfer c’est les autres, which 6 months later became My Hell is Other People. The aim at the time was to shake up the predominantly dull and dismal world of UK HR blogs and to provide both a little light relief and some realism. There weren’t many HR professionals blogging and the field was bogged down with over earnest consultants trying to prove how clever they were in order to promote their businesses. Nothing wrong with that, but not really my thing and not really the thing of many of us actually doing the work.
The last few months have seen a number of HR professionals starting to blog and talk about their experiences and at the same time mixing it up with more personal content rather than just banging on about the same old boring HR stuff. Has this blog been any kind of inspiration or driver to that? I’m not so sure, but if I’m honest I hope so.
Way back at the start I could never have imagined this. I never really had a game plan, I wasn’t trying to make money, I have never accepted advertising or sponsorship, I wasn’t trying to make a career out of my blog or blogging. Just trying to provoke, shake things up and start people thinking.
Since my first post there have been hundreds of other posts and over 2,500 comments. Traffic continues to grow each week, each month and (since I moved sites) just shy of 60,000 visits later, here I am, opening up WordPress each morning and writing away. Through the blog I’ve met great people in real life and in the virtual world. We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together, we’ve argued and bitched and we’ve made friends and enemies. You have inspired and challenged me, you have made me think and you have helped me to grow as a person.
So what now? Well the answer is nothing. The words that you’re reading are the last words to be written by TheHRD, the last words from My Hell is Other People. All good things come to an end and today is my end.
From the bottom of my heart I thank every single one of you who has contributed to this project. This would not have been the success it is without you. On a number of occasions people have described this blog as a “community”. Every tweet, every, comment, every idea and thought that you have contributed has made it that way. This has been your success much, much more than it has been mine. Have you changed things? Too right you have.
I want……need, to turn my attention to other things now, other projects, other ideas…..things in completely different areas and none of which will involve TheHRD or this site.
So it has been a blast people. Be good to yourselves, don’t listen to the shit that they tell you. Ask questions, be difficult, strive for excellence and remember to enjoy yourselves on the way. No-one can tell you what to do, or how to be, only you decide that for yourselves. You have the power within yourselves to change your lives and the lives of others for the better. Use it.
The clock is ticking, it’s time for me to check out now.
TheHRD has left the building…….