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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

The Value of Blogging – Today on SQLServerCentral

I wrote the value of blogging hoping to highlight the less often discussed value of practicing writing. Too often we look at blogs solely as a branding tool, or as a way to make money, or to get a zillion hits. Nothing wrong with any of those and I wouldn’t even discourage anyone from trying them, but just to write is enough, and I think we don’t teach that lesson.

As an employer if I read your blog I’ll be looking to see who you are. You can’t blog 50 or 500 times even just writing purely technical posts without revealing a lot; writing skills, interests, attitude, ability to present yourself professionally, and more. Often it will do so much better than a resume or an hour interview would. It’s not the whole puzzle, I still need to see how you interact with people and hold up under the pressure of an interview.

I often wonder if saying ‘blogging’ doesn’t hurt our ability to get people to write more often. Calling it a ‘diary’ is the wrong word, maybe ‘journal’?

Comments

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 13 August 2010

diary is definitely the wrong word and journal is probably appropriate.

I think reading one's blog or checking their tweets can reveal a lot more about a person than several interviews.

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