Deciding to keep a technical blog is not easy: you need time, desire, inspiration, after all. And in general, "it is necessary to write only when you can not write." Or maybe you need to write when you realize the benefits of this?
A technical blog can bring many benefits, like benefits of having home security cameras - provided that the author approaches this work thoughtfully, chooses interesting topics and spares no effort in explaining.
So what can you do with a technical blog?
Deepen and structure knowledge
It often happens that only experience for a good article is not enough: the text looks unconvincing, there is little theory, examples or references to authoritative sources. It will take time to find arguments and explanations. But it's worth it: plunging into the sources, you fill in the gaps in your knowledge and you will understand the subject in the service.
All your thoughts need to be packaged in a text - one that others will understand. It is important to work on the wording so that the article is clear and easy to read. It will also take time and will require effort, but such work helps to bring order to the head, spread out all the knowledge on the shelves.
By keeping a technical blog, you don't just write articles that like and comment. You can look at it this way - you create a knowledge base in your subject area. In the future, you will probably need to return to the theory, or someone will ask you on fingers to explain how the technology on which you specialize works. If you remember that they explained their articles in detail, you will not have to go far for answers.
From the comments, by the way, you can also benefit: someone will point out errors (and maybe will be right!), Someone will share useful links on the topic. All this is a field for development.
Become more valuable to the employer
The summary of IT-specialists takes into account not only experience but also interests outside the project. A blog is an indicator that you are ready, conditionally, not only to write code a few hours a day, but also to deepen your knowledge, share it with others.
Publishing several articles a year, you take the initiative. Employers consider such candidates valuable: initiative people bravely take on non-standard tasks, are happy to learn new things - all this is very important for work and development in IT.
Express yourself in a professional community.
A blog is a good opportunity to create a discussion platform and gather around you experts from your field. If you’ll write useful articles, they’ll share them and more people will learn about your blog. Among them are likely to be the so-called opinion leaders in IT.
Suddenly one day you want to speak at a conference? A blog here will not be superfluous. Firstly, you will already have material: you can take one of the articles as a basis for a speech. Secondly, someone from the conference organizers may know you in absentia because they read your article that his friends shared on social networks. Seems unlikely? But it happens. And when you know - it is always better. Especially in Russia, where the selection of speakers at the conference is unanimized.
Those who want to grow in IT are no longer well enough to understand only in their subject area. Along with technical skills, it is important to develop soft skills - soft, non-specialized skills. These include the ability to clearly communicate their thoughts, write letters to colleagues.
Writing articles to the blog is a great opportunity to pump these skills. By blogging, you learn to create clear, compelling, well-structured texts. People understand you, they do not need to spend time on additional questions, you - on clarifying. Understandable wording will help save both you and the reader time and nerves. And this applies not only to the blog.
Feel your favor
Those who work in IT - and especially in a large company - can find it difficult to feel their advantage. You write pieces of code for usb connector, or test this system, or support it. Sometimes it seems that all work is a drop in the vast sea, and if it had not been, nothing would have changed. This is certainly not the case. But to realize their value is difficult. Especially when the result is stretched in time and the manager does not give feedback.
Everyone wants to feel necessary and important, and a blog is an opportunity to get that feeling. If your articles are useful, you will get a good response; many people will read them. Surely with the help of your work, someone will understand the new technology, and someone will be able to solve a long-standing work problem.
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