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5 Year Post

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Can you believe it’s been five years?  I recently read my first post and actually thought it was an ok analysis of HRO vendors at the time.  Pretty funny to me how much things have changed, but also how much I’ve learned both through work and the blog.  I spent 2009 writing much less than I should have, but seem to have entered 2010 quite rejuvenated.  I’m pleased to say that I’m once again written out a few months as I used to do, and that my readership is growing once again after being a slacker for a year.  At any rate, I’m not sure how many others in the HR arena have made it this far, or who have written as much content, so it’s a milestone that I’m reasonably pleased with.

I don’t do a blogroll, there are far too many.  I do have a links list that references those whose posts I write about most frequently.  However, if I were ever to do an abridged blogroll, the below is it.  I know I forgot people, and I apologize.

I still pay attention to many of the people who inspired me when I started five years ago:

But also a whole new set of people who I follow on the blogs or twitter who have entered my scope (in the years after I started systematicHR) as content owners (although some of these have been content owners in a more traditional – non-blog sense for a long time):

I had originally said that I would stop writing at 4 years, but then 4 years came and went, and even though I was producing less, I just could not stop.  So I decided I’d get to 1000 posts and decide what to do, but I’m now confident I’ll keep writing after that milestone as well.  So long as there is content to write about, and as long as I feel that I’m doing it well, I’ll keep going.

So here’s to five years, and to my readers, and to all the people who inspire me.  Thank you.


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6 responses to “5 Year Post”

  1. Andrew Avatar

    Congratulations on the 5 years. I think I have read something like 95% of the posts from the very beginning and this is one of the few HR blogs that I still keep up with.

    Keep up the great writing.


  2. Gautam Ghosh Avatar

    Congrats Dubs!

    Yes, we’ve both lasted pretty long, haven’t we 🙂

    Btw, my blog URL is now 🙂

  3. Bill Kutik Avatar
    Bill Kutik

    Congratulations, Dubs, and thanks for the callout. Don’t even think about stopping…Bill

  4. Meg Bear Avatar

    Thanks for mentioning me, I am so honored. I love your blog and am thrilled to see you hit 5 years. I recommend you get your blog bound in hard copy. I’ve been doing that yearly for TalentedApps and I find it so rewarding to see all the work together in book form. (


  5. Andy Scherer Avatar

    Way to go. Keep at it!

  6. Karen Beaman Avatar

    Thanks, Dubs! You are inspiration to our whole industry! Thanks for all the great commentary you have provided us over the years. I look forward to five more!