Number 1 Blogger

It was 2009, and I attended my first social media conference in Toronto, Canada.  Recruitfest was my first foray into the human resources and recruiting social media community.  It also happened to be my first overnight trip away from my daughter who was 10 months old at the time.  I was terrified.  Terrified and riddled with anxiety as a mother but also as someone who was stepping out into the “real world” for the first time.

Terrified because I was meeting some of my mentors in the space in real life.  Worried of what they might think of me.  Self-conscious and hoping that I met their expectations and fit the bill.  I remember arriving to a small mixer and introduced myself for the first time.  Imagine me quiet (yes, I was) and nervous as I hugged those that I introduced myself to.  It was there I met the likes of Maren Hogan, Rayanne Thorn, Kelly Long, the Recruiting Animal, and Chris Havrilla.    My mentors, my heros, and those I looked up too.

But there was one blogger I was very interested in meeting.  She set the bar in our space, and that happened to be the Punk Rock HR, Laurie Ruettimann.  I remember introducing myself over drinks trying to maintain a cool vibe while not seeming as though I was a stalker or crazed fan.  I’m not really sure how that panned out.

I remember complaining to Laurie during our course of conversation.  Explaining to her my dissatisfaction with the Oklahoma human resource community where I lived.  I had been blogging for two years and was extremely frustrated with the state’s HR community and their lack of interest in blogging as well as social media.  I explained complained to Laurie that I was the only HR blogger in the entire state of Oklahoma.

Laurie interrupted me in mid-sentence, and said the following, “You are the number one HR blogger in the state of Oklahoma.  Start acting like it.”

I walked away from that conversation a little shocked at Laurie’s honest and very forthright opinion, but the truth was she was absolutely right.  I was the number one HR blogger in Oklahoma, and I was damn proud of it.  And it was time to start telling the world the same thing.

Number 1 Blogger

I’m sure that Laurie might not remember that conversation but I sure did.  And since that day I have proudly proclaimed that I’m a blogger and the top HR blogger in the state at that.  It’s amazing how a one word change shifts your mindset as well as the mindset of others.  Because a statement like that, being number one raises eyebrows, demands attention, and demonstrates your expertise.

I’m number 1.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

Reader Interactions


    • Jessica Miller-Merrell says

      Thanks Michael! Were your ears burning yesterday? Mike Vandervort and I had dinner while I was in Tampa. We were chatting about your blog and the amazing content and articles it contains. Such a great resource for folks.


  1. laurie ruettimann says

    Nice post — Wow, I totally don’t remember saying that. I remember catching a cold. I hung out with Jenny DeVaughn and Sarah White and Eric Winegardner as we watched two people (cough cough you know who you are) fall in love in the ‘garden of Eden’.

    And I remember drinking a few cocktails.

    But that 100% sounds like me and I 100% would say it again. Congrats on your ongoing success.

  2. Abdulaziz Al Tamimi says

    Thank you so much for your efforts. I have been following you on twitter and reading your blog for almost 3 months now. Your blog is among my favorites if not the favorite.

    • Jessica Miller-Merrell says


      Thank you for the comment. I’m glad you enjoy reading. Obvious, there’s a lot of hard work, love, and passion that goes into creating this blog.

      Thanks again!



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