Here’s…….China! (almost)

Warning.  This is not my first blog post.  This is me trying out the WordPress technology and experimenting.  Really.  My first blog post will be a guest post at The HR Capitalist on Friday, July 2, 2010.

But for today, my brain is percolating, my sister, the successful blogger over at Grand Rants is coaching me on the technicalities of setting up a blog as well as designing my logo, and I’m just about ready to get started blogging.  I’ve been watching the best of the best for the last 2 years and this morning I counted how many blogs (mostly HR-related) are in my Google Reader: 84!  But here are just some of the folks who have inspired me and encouraged me to get started blogging (in no particular order):

These folks have provided fine examples of blogging excellence to which I aspire.  Apologies ahead of time if I disappoint and thanks to the folks above for encouragement, support and confidence building. 

Look for my second real blog post soon — the first being over at The HR Capitalist — and thanks to my wonderful Sis for her amazing skill and coaching.



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39 responses to “Here’s…….China! (almost)

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  3. Peter Eide

    As a life-long SHRMite I was elated to find a reconnection to you. [More Gorman gratitudes later.] Your airline story was troublesome. I focused on the organizational and personal mistakes. Clearly, a large part of responsibility rests on the airline’s HR/training folks. But…the real problem was the self-centered framework of the flight attendants. I could almost hear them mentally cussing-out the passengers for having the audacity to suffer through the many terminal indignities that adorn every commercial flight nowadays and then, the ultimate insult, boarding their airplane. WHAT NERVE!! The cops should have helped the attendants by forcing all those ungrateful, wretched, huddled masses off the plane so the poor attendants could have rightfully enjoyed the blissful silence on the remainder of the flight.
    My fellow law students (and I) used to pump our egos (not that any law student really needs his/her ego pumped) by observing we all could easily have been world-renowned surgeons and/or cancer-curing researchers if only we could stand the sight of blood.
    Or the new Naval Academy graduate that wonders how he got this far without anyone discovering he can’t swim and gets seasick at the mere thought of floating in anything.
    CG – best wishes always.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Peter, and your thoughts about the situation I described. It was wrong on so many levels — and not just on the ones that touch HR. No worries about me and SHRM: I’m still a committed SHRM member, even though I left the staff. I look forward to staying connected.

  4. Welcome aboard, and thanks for lsting me as one of your Influencers. You made me blush!

  5. John Jorgensen

    Hey China, can’t tell you how excited I am to see you’re up and blogging. I am looking forward to reading it on a regular basis. Read today’s on the other site and loved it. See you at SHRM11 if not before.

    PS- I think I know what Ben’s news is (he could have 2 items) and you might be excited.

    Keep in touch.

    • Hi John: Thanks for the comment. I’m sure we’ll see each other before SHRM11. And I’m excited to hear definitively that Ben has joined up. Hope we connect soon.

  6. So sorry to hear you left SHRM… but it is there loss. Welcome to the blogging / online media world. Lets touch base.

  7. Traci

    Congratulations China and good luck. I just read your first blog on HR Capitalist and I look forward to what else you have to say down the line. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you. You are as good as they get, an inspiration for change, and motivation to all to get with the program.

    Happy 4th of July.

  8. Welcome! I love the post and look forward to reading more. I hope our paths cross in the real world soon!


    • Randi: Thanks so much for reading the first post. I’m sure our paths will cross — don’t all paths cross in Vegas? P.S. loved your post today on the history of 4th of July fireworks. Who knew?

  9. Very much looking forward to adding your blog to my must read list, China!!!

  10. China –
    congratulations! looking forward to reading & learning and you could not have a better start than HRC tomorrow. Shannon

  11. wahoo! welcome to the blogopshere, china! although, a welcome seems so odd since you’ve been omniscient in the space in so many other ways. i’m looking forward to seeing how the blog develops.

  12. Nancy Simutis Newell

    Hi China! I’m looking forward to reading your blog – you’re going to be great, I just know it!


  13. Hi China. Welcome to the world of blogging! I look forward to reading more…

    And, many thanks for the HR Bartender mention.

    • Hey Sharlyn. Really, you’re such a role model for me in the blogging world. Your posts are pithy (I so admire short and sweet), meaty, useful and frequent. I’m focusing first on meaty. Useful and pithy are next. Not so sure about the frequent yet. 🙂 Your continued coaching will be gratefully accepted. 🙂

  14. Hey, China! I would have loved to meet you in person at SHRM. Maybe next time! It’s fantastic that you’re blogging and getting your viewpoint out there. Can’t wait to learn some amazing insights at your feet. In the words of the immortal Wayne and Garth: we’re not worthy! 😉


    • Ahhh, Ben. My biggest disappointment about not being at #SHRM10 (besides not having to smell all the dirty socks) was not getting to meet you in person. I really should have mentioned your blog,, in my non-post, as another example of engaging and motivating blogging. I loved your vlogs and am so grateful that @ewmonster and the team supported your attendance. Was the vast right wing conspiracy successful in getting you to join SHRM national?

      • You make me blush! It would have been my honor to meet the amazing and talented China Gorman.

        It hasn’t happened just yet, but I’m confident that I’ll have special news to share with everyone very soon. 🙂

      • Ooh. I love surpises! I’m crossing my fingers that you’ll be giving us all good news soon!

  15. China – so excited about your new blog! We have hundreds of GlobalGiving gift cards left over from the SHRM conference (we brought tons because there were 11,000 registrants) – if you’d like to give them out to your blog readers, feel free – or have them email us –

    • Ingrid: how great to hear from you! Thanks for the offer of the gift cards to my readers — what you all are doing is such an important and impactful service and I encourage all my readers to email you for for a card. Hope #SHRM10 was a success for you.

  16. Hi China,

    Looking forward to reading what you have to say. I also think there should be Hall & Oates music in the background when we click on your blog.


  17. josie

    Welcome to the blogosphere, China! I shall look forward to some excellent writing and interesting
    info, with your highly individual attitude. I already know it will be very special! (And great work, sis!)

  18. Welcome to blogging China! I’m so excited to see that you’re up and running and I look forward to reading your thoughts/learning from you in the future!

    • Thanks so much, Jennifer. Unbridled Talent is another blog I hold in high regard. I really appreciated all your tweets from #SHRM10. It was tough not being there — but you made me feel it!

  19. I’ll look forward to the “article” posts as well as the conversations you start simply by making spontaneous conversation.

    Just take a tweet a day and pretend someone says “what the heck does that mean?” and, with the additional answer, you’ll have a blog.

    I can’t do it very often but enjoy all the folks you’ve mentioned above who are much more prolific.

    btw -I seriously missed your presence at the conference this year (even though you were in the ‘stream’.) Next year I predict the stream may become a veritable river.

    • Gerry: as you are the grand master of HR blogging, I’m honored that you are my first commenter. Heard great things about your #SHRM10 presentation. Hope you’ll submit a proposal for next year when I’ll be there! Yeah, Vegas, baby!

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