When people hear the term Programmers, they think of people who write code, add new features, or perhaps iron out existing bugs in a project.
But a small subsection of this population put out content such as Blogs or YouTube videos. You might be wondering:
How is it related to becoming a better developer?
This article will answer this question and provide you some of the benefits of putting out content, mainly focusing on blogging, and how it can help you level up.
When you start putting out content two of the earliest fears that will paralyze you are not being an expert and not being a good communicator.
Even if those fears are true, the only antidote to them is to action. Yes, your first blogs might not be great, but over time you will learn to communicate better and that will not only help you in your profession but in your personal life too.
And always remember:
Every Pro once started as a Noob
While writing an article, you will often need to research a topic in-depth, leading you to pick up new concepts.
Occasionally, you will end up making a few errors in your blogs, but the community would help you resolve them with positive criticism, which can further boost your skills!
Put Points (1) and (2) together, combined with the increased visibility you get through your blogs, you will get exposure to the degree you didn't know was possible. You no longer have to go job hunting, instead of recruiters will be contacting you.
You might also end up finding much better opportunities than what you think you deserve, eg: I have 2 years of experience (internship & freelance) and I am pursuing my bachelor's, but I end up getting a lot of job offers for senior positions (I prefer freelance for the flexibility and mindblowing pay though).
You know the saying:
It's not what you know, but who you know
Creating and sharing content is a great way to build your network, connect with other people, and help them get to know you.
When you show up consistently, it helps you stay top of mind, strengthens your relationships, and even builds your community.
Most programmers turn to text-based solutions, like blogs or Stack Overflow, to solve their issues quickly as text-based options are far faster to implement than video based solutions.
Luckily, the barrier to entry for blogging is quite low, you can get started with any device and an internet connection. Of course, the fear of being judged persists, but the sooner you start putting yourself out there, the sooner the fear gets flushed out of you.
Best of luck with your Blog!
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