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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 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’?


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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