I read an interesting article about there being more African American bloggers than Caucasians bloggers. Well, I have only found a couple of African Americans in the HR blogosphere. But this article got me to thinking about why I like to blog and why many others may gravitate toward it too. I think it’s because blogging allows us to do things that the corporate world sometimes does not allow us to do. Many of you know I started blogging out of necessity.
I use my blog to showcase my skills and expertise of HR and to be helpful to practitioners and employees alike. I love blogging because I can be whatever I want.
Remember the ground breaking “Matrix Trilogy” movies? I hope so; it’s the movies that compare us all to being computer programs living in an unreal world that is controlled by the limitations of the mind. Once you accept this reality you are given the chance to unplug from the digital world and live in the real world known as Zion. Here’s the cool part for me. If you can handle the reality that your world is a computer program and you are digital projection of your mental image then you can plug into and out of it, “the Matrix”.
Once you’re plugged in you can do amazing things, like fly, jump hundreds of feet, dodge bullets, or kick the snot out of 200 agents. (Watch the movies)
Blogging for me is like being in the Matrix. When I am blogging, I am not Chris Fields, a black man from Memphis, without a ton of corporate experience. I am not a Generalist. I am not a marginalized HR employee. I can defy the basic human need to define, categorize and contain.
I can fly all over the HR world using my skills and knowledge to speak intelligently and practically about Diversity, Employee Relations, Engagement, Recruitment, Leadership, Benefits, Training and Social Media. I’m not limited by YOUR imagination and YOUR idea of what I can do or be. On this blog, I am a CEO. I am a CHRO, I am NEO. I’m free.
Don’t let anyone or any organization define you. We should all be free in our careers, we should not feel as if we are not being challenged, effective or utilized properly. Find your freedom.