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Mar 3, 2013 •
The most common questions I get on my blog are questions about finding jobs in technical writing. While looking for jobs the other month, I realized a few things that I haven't actually recommended before. Here are a few notes from my recent job search:
In looking for a job, one of my main questions was whether writing this blog was worth it professionally. To some hiring managers, the blog seemed irrelevant. The employer would have preferred me to know Java than to be the "#1 most influential tech comm blogger." I wondered whether I should have spent my time learning more technical skills instead of writing blog posts.
Ultimately, I think both activities are important. Writing this blog is key to maintaining my interest and passion in the industry. When I combine the branding that comes from this blog with strong technical skills, it's a powerful combination.
In the end, though, a blog has no meaning in itself. In job searches, a blog is only relevant when it gives you interesting ideas and strategies that you can communicate to others, especially as these strategies relate to challenges companies are facing.
So yes, blogging is worth it. The blog is a powerful tool for building industry-specific knowledge, innovating in interesting ways, and connecting with other professionals. But you can't assume everyone has read your blog. You have to communicate the knowledge articulated in relevant blog posts to hiring managers.
As a side note, I haven't published a new post for about two weeks, because I've been so busy relocating and settling in. Having gone so long without writing and publishing feels odd. It makes me feel like a part of me is missing or dormant. I guess that means whether the blog is professionally helpful or not, it's an activity integral to who I am.