Why blogging is still good for your career

You Don't Understand Blogging Unless You Blog

Tim Bray explains why blogging is still good for your career

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1. You have to get noticed to get promoted.
2. You have to get noticed to get hired.
3. It really impresses people when you say “Oh, I’ve written about that, just google for XXX and I’m on the top page” or “Oh, just google my name.”
4. No matter how great you are, your career depends on communicating. The way to get better at anything, including communication, is by practicing. Blogging is good practice.
5. Bloggers are better-informed than non-bloggers. Knowing more is a career advantage.
6. Knowing more also means you’re more likely to hear about interesting jobs coming open.
7. Networking is good for your career. Blogging is a good way to meet people.
8. If you’re an engineer, blogging puts you in intimate contact with a worse-is-better 80/20 success story. Understanding this mode of technology adoption can only help you.
9. If you’re in marketing, you’ll need to understand how its rules are changing as a result of the current whirlwind, which nobody does, but bloggers are at least somewhat less baffled.
10. It’s a lot harder to fire someone who has a public voice, because it will be noticed.

Author: Ianforrester

Senior firestarter at BBC R&D, emergent technology expert and serial social geek event organiser.

5 thoughts on “Why blogging is still good for your career”

  1. Love this Ian! I completely agree.

    I’ve blogged on and off for a few years but I’ve never stuck to it ‘consistently’ and that’s the problem. I’ve always admired that you’ve kept blogging so regularly. Blogging is all about the long tail and organic search so if you keep posting high quality content you’re bound to get noticed.

    As an example my latest blog http://devangst.com I’ve created 9 posts in around 3 weeks and it’s already attracted over 400 page views with 60+ unique users although not much from organic search. Already I’ve had comments and certain posts especially highly technical ones get a lot more interest than others.

    All of your points are valid and if anything I think one of the things blogging let’s you do is get down your thoughts about certain topics so you can better digest them.

    Thanks for taking the time to create this post.

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