As part of my mentoring, I was asked a question about this blog, and I thought the answer was worth repeating publicly.
The question was:
“I am interested in learning whether blogging changed you career in a positive way?“
It’s been helpful to me, and I know it’s been mentioned in a couple of job interviews, but for me the benefit was more about the discipline of writing and using it to clarify concepts that have been bouncing around in my head. I’m not always the best at writing clearly and cleanly, so blogging has been my way of practicing that.
I guess it’s a matter of what you want out of it. I don’t believe you need a blog to get a better job for example, there’s plenty of ways to that goal.
On another note, I’m not following John Sonmez any more after I saw him bullying others on Twitter. That’s something important to remember if you’re blogging – anything you make public you’ll be judged on, so be the best version of yourself when you express yourself.