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New York City: The Quietest Place on Earth by Victorio Milian

Monday, December 21, 2015
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I decided to do something a little different on the blog today, and talk about a book that a friend of mine, Victorio Milian, recently published. It is not the type of book that I normally review on On My Kindle, but I wanted to take a few moments to share his work because he was one of my few supporters when I first started blogging on my own.

I was in college studying for a B.S.B.A. with a focus on human resources management, and I decided to start a blog because I wanted to share my ideas with HR professionals. I had plenty of ideas, but I had no clue about networking or social media; I joined a group of bloggers on Google Plus that advised me to start reading other HR blogs, so I did.

I silently stalked these HR bloggers for a while, clicking on their social media links and scoping out which blogs they read; which is how I stumbled upon Victorio's blog. Back in the day, Victorio would give away books that he did not need or want; he posted a list of those books on his blog, and invited people to pick a book and comment on which book they wanted. I thought that this was a pretty cool idea, so I left a comment letting him know that I would love a book; however, I was not sure which book to choose, and asked him to send me one that he felt was appropriate for where I was at in my career. He sent me The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha; a perfect choice for where I was at in life.

I followed his blog (I would give you the URL, but it is no longer available) and started conversing with him via social media. One day I received an email from him asking if I would be willing to participate in an interview for the HR Interview series that he was running on his blog. I was flattered and a bit nervous; I was still in college and never worked in HR, so I could not imagine why such a cool and experienced HR professional would be interested in interviewing me. We set up a time and date for him to call me, and I discovered that my first impressions of him were correct; he is a cool, real, and intelligent person.

We kept in touch after the interview, but then my worst nightmare came true; I had to drop out of college. I stopped blogging, stopped visiting with people on social media; I just disconnected myself because I was heartbroken and ashamed, and I did not want to share it with the world. About a month after I disconnected, Victorio called me to see what was going on. I told him what was going on; he didn't judge me, didn't try to fill me with false hope, and he just listened. He told me that I could take a break, or keep writing; he told me that I could write whatever I wanted to on my blog because it was my blog. If my followers didn't like it, then to hell with them.

Victorio Milian, photography, book, New York City, On My KindleI kept writing on my HR blog for a while after that, but when I just wasn't feeling it anymore, I remembered his words and made a change. It has taken me a few tries to figure out what topics I enjoy writing about, but I have never been afraid of making a change when I needed to. I am sure that the reason why I am still writing today is because of Victorio, and I feel that it is my turn to return the favor and support him in his new endeavor, New York City: The Quietest Place on Earth.

Victorio's passion for photography and life is communicated through the photos he takes, and each image speaks volumes as Victorio allows readers to see New York through his eyes.

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