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Should I start blogging?

jorgealves profile image Jorge André Alves ・1 min read

Hi everyone!

This is the very first public blogpost of my entire career since I started 10 years ago

I'm writing this post because I've found that blogging more often will improve my written communication and also will increase my visibility across the IT market once I'm a backend/DevOps developer who wants to evolve by sharing my experience with the community.

Also, I'm posting this willing to get any kind of feedback that could help me somehow to start posting articles/blog posts or even start a youtube channel!

I'm looking for any tips/hints/guidance that would make me create content that must need to be concise, packaged, and with a substance that could catch the interest of other developers that are either learning new stuff or improving their own knowledge.

Finally, want to thank you for spending your time reading the post.

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Madza

You always manage to find spot-on GIFs for everything, hahaha 💯😄😄

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Peter Witham

Welcome to the blogsphere :)

A great set of questions, I'm not sure my advice is good but here goes.

  1. Be authentic to yourself and those you are writing for. Don't over complicate if you are targeting newer developers or try to write in a way not natural to you.
  2. Add a human element, I often write my technical articles as if I was passing on the knowledge verbally to someone, this to me feels more like a discussion than a technical manual.
  3. Pick subjects are you passionate about, don't pick something just because it is popular. That often leads to blogging fade or burnout and you might start to resent having to write.
  4. Try to post to a schedule, users adopt patterns like reading once a week easier than random posts. Say something like, post every Monday and then bonus posts at other times as you desire.
  5. Blogging is indeed a great way to get your name out there and also demonstrate knowledge of topics for any reason that you may need it. I have received many contacts/invites based on my posts.

Just a couple of thoughts, I hope these help.

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Mike Levan

I've been creating content for a while and the one thing I learned that's great is blogging/creating videos helps me:

  1. Reinforce my knowledge
  2. Share my knowledge with others
  3. Helps me learn a ton of things

Blogging and writing something out to explain it makes you realize "oh wow, I actually didn't know this".

It doesn't only help others learn, but it helps you learn as well. Win/win.

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Jen Miller

Yes. Blogging takes practice. Don't try to aim for perfection, especially on your first posts. I would say focus on what you want to write about and use a style that you feel comfortable.

While there are many articles that tout various 'blogging rules' and the like, I feel you want to blog for your own enjoyment first. While many people blog for the 'followers' and write content for that purpose, you risk the danger of feeling demotivated(writing on topics that don't interest you) and burnt out.

This recent article I found on blogging was quite inspiring.

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Kedar.K

Hey there,
I would definitely say yes. Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and help others and you should definitely consider it.

Recently posted this. Might help you.
Good luck with the upcoming blog.

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Gary Bell

Absolutely. And as a shameless plug, here's my post on why you should blog (external site).

If you understand something well enough to help others, blog about it. If you don't understand it well enough to help others, blogging will help you understand further (generally). It makes you think differently.

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Juan F Gonzalez

In summary, yeah you definitely should.

My two cents on this matter is... focus on the process (i.e. making it a habit) instead of the result and if you write for enough time you'll find your style of writing and can keep improving from there.

Also another tip, avoid big walls of text. Break down the sentences in smaller chunks (learned that the hard way lol)

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Andrew Baisden

Blogging makes you a better developer. Everything you post creates a learning experience for someone. So you improve and so does everyone else.

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Dave Cridland

Well, looks like you have started blogging.

Keep going.

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Anja

Benefits of starting a blog /youtube channel
👥Connect with other creators and your community
🎬Improve your writing/filming skills
👩‍🏫Help others by sharing your knowledge
👩‍💻Boost your CV

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David Truxall

As your career advances writing skills become more and more important. Just like you practice coding skills, you need to practice writing. Blogging is an easy way to practice writing and still work on your coding skills at the same time.