I must confess I squirmed. Last week, a fellow professional had introduced me to his customers as an avid blogger. I sheepishly grinned-and reflected on a habit that had consumed me a few years ago.
Oops.I haven't blogged in 2013.
Flashback. September 2006-my first blog post. Over 350 posts since...but the numbers do not reveal the full truth.
Interesting though to go back and dwell in the journey. Within the first 3 months, I was in a hurry to express all that I had to say...and posted almost every other day in October (14), November (18) & December (20)!. During 2006 to 2009, I had settled down to a rhythm of about a post every week. 2010, once every 10 days. 2011 saw me posting once every fortnight. Just about managed 10 in 2012 reluctantly (apologetically!), in spurts..., and boy, it has been almost 3 months since my last post.
So here I am beginning afresh-this time -chiding myself to be get back in the habit. Blogging has always helped me to see the larger picture. Read and be abreast on what people around the world have been reflecting upon. Get inspired. Discern the woods from the trees.
This time around, I hope to be more regular. Share my thoughts perhaps once a week. But more importantly, curate some of the better articles of the thought leaders I follow, and, if I am lucky-coerce some guest posts from people I admire-and whose perspectives can help add value -as career management is increasingly becoming the most value asset any professional can aspire for.
So here is what I responded, when a dear client of mine asked me 'how have things been with you in 2013?"
Things are quite exciting now. After a period when companies stopped hiring in 2011, and stopped back filling in 2012..I think quite a few smarter ones are realising that the 'slow down' isn't going to go away anywhere in the near future..and so are making things happen!! I am working on some interesting assignments..some replacing the deadwood with smarter folks..and some other readying up for succession planning :)!
The game is the same..only the rules have changed. And I am glad I am enjoying it ...