Oi Hosk, Why the lack of blog posts

Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.

Zig Ziglar


Some blog readers have complained (in a nice way) about the lack of blog posts from the Hosk.

One person said, why don’t you write a blog about not writing blog posts, which would help fix the lack of blog posts.

My first reaction was to say

  • I have been busy
  • I haven’t had time
  • I was ill

Often my instinctive reaction to a question is often defensive and a justification to myself.

Defensive answers are not useful because they don’t tackle the true cause deflect the question from being answered.

The truth is, I haven’t prioritised writing my Hosk CRM blog.  If you really want to do something you make time to do it.  

Quality not Quantity

When writing the blog post Tips on how to become a CRM MVP from CRM MVP’S, which summarises CRM MVP Q&A

I have been trying to increase the quality of posts, by spending more time constructing blog posts (this one excluded) by

  • Make notes on the subject
  • Design the subheadings
  • Write
  • Edit (about time many readers will be saying)

The goal of writing better quality posts is to create posts with more Hosk thoughts and insights (I do have a page of quotes!).  Do create posts with deeper insights you need to spend more time thinking about a subject.

The Hosk blog grows

I have been blogging for 5 years and have written over 1000 posts on CRM.  The early posts were quiet basic often involving linking to other good blog posts.  In the early blog days what I lacked in skill and original thought I made up for in number of posts.

The early blog posts I viewed the blog as a tool to help share great content on CRM 2011.

As my knowledge and expertease in Microsoft Dynamics CRM grew so has the length, detail and insight in my blog posts.

The Hosk CRM blog has grown in numbers over and this year has already had 50000 more views than last year and for the first time I have clocked up over 500000 views in a year.

CRM MVP – Failed

An initial goal of the blog was to help me achieve CRM MVP status, I learnt like many others, it’s extremely difficult to become a CRM MVP.

A general rule of thumb with regards to becoming a CRM MVP (which I have been told many times)

Those who really want to become a CRM MVP, seldom do


After 10 nominations (2 and half years)  I believe you can’t become a CRM MVP by just writing a blog.   If you think who are the thought leaders in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community, the currently nominated CRM MVP’s offer great advice, insights and best practices for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

My motivation has changed to focus on creating quality blog posts.  A goal which I stated in New Year Hosk CRM Resolutions

Everyone should write a CRM blog

I believe everyone should write a CRM blog, for these reasons

  • To help others in the CRM community
  • To learn more about CRM
  • Social media content is your professional brand
  • A place to store your CRM knowledge

Writing the Hosk Dynamics CRM blog has been great and I have referred to it as my online CRM Brain in this blog post CRM 2015 – How to diagnose plugin errors.  If I have a CRM error, I usually search the Hosk CRM blog for answers (or google which usually takes me to the Hosk CRM blog).

Writing the blog has created a Hosk CRM brand and most CRM developers I meet have read my blog, which is cool.  It’s useful when going for interviews and in one situation someone went was asking me questions featured on my blog

4 thoughts on “Oi Hosk, Why the lack of blog posts

  1. Carly Flanagan (@carlywf) October 24, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Your posts are quite informative and very well written. It saddens me that you no longer feel that you will reach CRM MVP and I hope one day that this nomination surprises you.


    • Hosk October 24, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks for the comment.

      Hopefully 10 failed nominations is a record.

      The nominated MVPs deserve their awards for the great work they do for the crm community.

      I think I probably need to learn not to fill in the MVP form when I get nominated, if all I have been doing is writing a crm blog.


  2. Guido Preite (@crmanswers) October 24, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Hi Ben,
    I also didn’t write something new in the last months, I have been busy as usual but I don’t want to force myself. I have a new post in my mind and I hope it will out in November🙂
    Regarding your blog posts, I think that each blog has its own style, your has several tutorials, you started the weekly recap of CRM articles, quantity vs quality can’t be a metric for you after you wrote more than 1000 posts and several of them are the first results in google search related to CRM.
    Regarding the MVP part, yes it’s a recognition, but this doesn’t mean that who is not MVP can’t be an excellent CRM professional, you definitely are one, and I can easily write right now 10/15 other names of outstanding CRM professionals that are not MVP.
    As you wrote you have the “Hosk” brand and nobody can’t take that away from you, and I think everybody that works with Dynamics CRM knows you or crossed your blog, including me when I started to work with Dynamics CRM.


    • Hosk October 24, 2015 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks Guido.

      I think you definitely need to write a few more posts because I enjoy reading them and learn something new.

      The MVP award is ambiguous but at its main focus is contribution to the crm community. I haven’t seen any MVPs who aren’t worthy of an award, they might be lots who are eligible but only so many can be selected.

      The Microsoft dynamic crm community is fantastic, MVPs and non MVPs offer so much help, information, solutions, tools, examples and blogs it makes working with dynamics crm possible.

      You make a great point, everyone has their own style and creates content no one else can create. I have learnt to embrace my Hoskness and enjoy inflicting my Hoskness on Crm community.


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