#SHRMChat On Hiatus

Stats from the April 2013 SHRMChat
Stats from the April 2013 SHRMChat


noun, plural hi·a·tus·es, hi·a·tus.

1.  a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
2.  a missing part; gap or lacuna: Scholars attempted to account for the hiatus in the medieval manuscript.
3.  any gap or opening. (from dictionary.com)

When I started SHRMChat in November 2011, I was on the Detroit SHRM board of directors as its first-ever social media manager. I knew I needed some discussion about establishing a social media policy and presence in a SHRM-affiliated local chapter, but the only people to really talk to were people actually outside the chapter.  I called a lot of friends on the phone, but I also knew that social media was the perfect tool to start a dialog among far-flung volunteers of other locals, without waiting for a leadership conference or formal meeting to get, give, share and reject ideas.

A monthly Twitter chat seemed like the ideal platform, so that’s what I started. As my good friend Steve Browne would say, I was geeked.

For a while, it worked exactly the way I thought it would. A small community came together and added their considerable expertise on issues such as conferences, membership, social media, programming, and advocacy. I also had fun.

But lately I have found that I have been struggling to maintain any kind of momentum with SHRMChat. I have a difficult time thinking of themes or topics, and a hard time finding speakers or guests. I no longer have a board position on a local affiliate, either, making me feel like an uniformed outsider.

So here we are, on the eve of the big national SHRM conference, and I have decided to step away from SHRMChat for a while. Yeah, my timing sucks, too.

I truly hope the break isn’t permanent, because I really enjoy the conversations and connections that SHRMChat gives me on a regular basis. I hope to use this interruption to find a way to bring SHRMChat back, with some different leadership and maybe some new blood.

If you have any interest in stepping up, or have suggestions to share, please let me know.