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Monday, March 14, 2005

Ongoing > Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

Pointed out on Blogger Buzz (the blogger staff blog). A common question posed to bloggers is, "aren't you afraid you're going to be fired?" This list from Tim Bray of Sun says it all. Of course, he does present background assumptions ("Let’s assume that you’re reasonably competent, reasonably coherent, and reasonably mature.") Here's his list:
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.
It's worth following the link above to his original post and to his company's policy.


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