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Am I a bad employee if I don't blog?


Blogging is not for everyone and you don't want to give the impression you are something you are not doing something right if you don't blog. Not everyone is a writer, not everyone likes putting their thoughts down, and not everyone is brave enough to publish out on the Internet.

It takes a thick skin, and even after doing this for years, I still get attacked regularly, and I don't always take it well. I'll admit it gets to me. Luckily I have a good support system with my wife and friends that can pick me up when I've had a particularly nasty comment.

I do a presentation on The Modern Resume, telling people how to big a more noticeable presence in the world, making yourself stand out more. I think blogging is the easy way to do this, but there are others:

  • Volunteer your time - Answer questions online, help out a non-profit group, or something like this.
  • Lead or manage - at your company, mentor someone, work with a church or other community group
  • Do your own research - Learn how to do something, and then show your boss or a prospective employer.

I don't think you can get away from writing completely since you'll need to document and explain things you've done. However it can be as simple as notes you've made to yourself and a few lines on your resume or CV.

Writing is a skill, however, and I'd encourage you to develop it. If you don't want to blog, it still makes sense to pay attention to how you communicate in email, in reports, and in documentation. Learn to do it better and your career will benefit.

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Posted by Dugi on 22 June 2009

Someone just started with blogging and yes it would be nice experience if you start blogging, sometimes in the blog articles you feel free to express you self about the things that you write but it helps for the near future that you are going to write with concept, ordering things properly and sure finding more expressions to make the article clearly & understandable!

Posted by Wesley Brown on 22 June 2009

Don't be afraid to cover something that has been done by others. Your perspective may be different or the way you explain it may help others grasp the concept that they just didn't get from another author.

If you don't blog or have an online presence I recommend putting together a portfolio of work you can show a potential employer to help them gauge your technical level and the quality of your work.

Posted by Steve Jones on 22 June 2009

I think you definitely should create, and manage, your online presence. Sounds fake, but it's a wired, online world.

Blogging is for you, it's your career, your thoughts, your knowledge. In line with that, everyone that blogs should have written something about backups. Show me that YOU know how to do a backup.

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