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TimBray’s Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

You have to get noticed to get promoted.

You have to get noticed to get hired.

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.?

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.

Bloggers are better-informed than non-bloggers. Knowing more is a career advantage.

Knowing more also means you?re more likely to hear about interesting jobs coming open.

Networking is good for your career. Blogging is a good way to meet people.

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.

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.

It?s a lot harder to fire someone who has a public voice, because it will be noticed.

For a good introduction into blogs check stephen o’grady for a simple, step by step example of how to dip a toe in the blogging waters. This actually got me started into blogging

a.) have little idea what blogs are and are all about

b.) aren’t convinced that they should care

c.) don’t really know where to start with blogs

For a more detailed why to blog, check Rajesh Jain’s blog link

For a good overview on blogs and RSS with technical insights into the phenomenon, check the Microsoft MSDN magazine article


Written by srinivasreddy

April 1, 2005 at 9:48 am

Posted in Technology

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