I don't understand John Sumser. He is the Executive Editor in Waiting for Recruiting.com, a Group Recruiting blog I helped build with Jason Davis, Michael Kelemen, and Anthony Meaney, along with the 300 or so recruiting bloggers and the 1000's of Recruiting.com readers.
John has been taking a lot of flack in the blogosphere. Most bloggers seem to think he's not the right person to helm Recruiting.com, but at least most of us are willing to let him take a crack at it. John is very influential in this space, and has played a not-minor role in helping Jason Davis get Recruiting.com off the ground by serving as a mentor.
So what's with today's column? Sumser picks out a Silicon Valley blog and praises it, but decides to start off his recommendation with a swipe at blogging in general.
It's been a long time since I recommended a
blog. For the most part, few are consistently useful enough to merit routine
attention. Fighting through the navel gazing that passes for transparency and
into the act of real content creation is too much work for most bloggers.
Is this the man who is supposed to lead Recruiting.com? Blogs aren't perfect, and there is a lot to be desired, but I have to question the wisdom of insulting the community you are supposed to lead. If John hates blogs so much that he can't keep the snide comments to himself, how can he possibly expect to have any real impact on the recruiting blog community?
I'm no Pollyanna, dreaming of a blog utopia where everything written online is Pulitzer Prize winning material, but complaining about quality on blogs is hardly a reasoned argument. It's a drive-by attack.
I've read John's columns for two years now, and not once have they ever given me insight on how to hire people. In fact, I'd have to say:
It's been a long time since I recommended a John Sumser column. For the most part, few are consistently useful enough to merit routine
attention. Fighting through the navel gazing that passes for analysis and
into the act of useful reporting is too much work for most readers.
I really wanted to stay out of this, because it's not useful for the recruiting community as a whole. At some point, this whole story goes beyond parody and leaps into tragedy. To be relevant, the Recruiting blogosphere needs to focus on using blogs to hire people from building communities of passive talent to evaluating tools to help recruiters. John Sumser has become a distraction from that purpose.
Can we move on to important matters?