Scott’s a frequent blogger and had an entry recently about blogs as the cog of an online community; I pulled this quote from the post and posted it on Twitter:
It’s a simple statement but it made me really think. As opposed to just shooting off random thoughts on a platform you don’t necessarily own; there’s the option of expressing your thoughts in a more concise and controlled manner. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have a habit of tweeting frequently1 but recently I feel like anything that I’d want to save that’s either meaningful or worthwhile is lost in the super-fast current that is Twitter. This post isn’t really a mantra of mine to “keep on blogging” but more so for the reason. It absolutely does not matter what you’re interested in; as long as you continue providing content that you find as meaningful, I think you should write on it.
Anil Dash wrote a post about things he’s learned while blogging and it’s filled with very useful points2. Here’s one that stuck out to me:
TODO: Fix this block
As far as we know, there isn’t a real “Midas touch” to blog posts. Which is good!
This is one of those “just do it!” kind statements you’d want on those pseudo-motivational entries to help you continue writing more often. But this (should) be more than that. Outside of social networks, our personal blogs provide a very dense versions of our thoughts over time3. I’ve noticed that most of the answers for problems I’ve run into have either been answered on a blog, re-examining source code or StackOverflow, in a order of descending probability. As a developer, I sometimes think that having a blog and pushing out problems you’ve had and approaches to solving it is one fantastic way to contribute to the communities you’re interested in if sending a patch or updating documentation isn’t something you think that you can do. Over time, your blog posts could be a form of undocumented behavior that people run into often; thus potentially being promoted to legit documentation.
What I’m saying, If I’m saying anything at all4, is that blogging is a low-barrier, time-semi-consummative process that can help you become move visible in development communities and also round out your digital profile.
Update 2015-09-14 12:32:41 EDT: Heh, I did not see that timestamp on Scott’s post. It’s close to four years old! Curious now as to how it surfaced up on my radar!
It’s nearly uncontrollable now! Seriously, follow me for a week and I might end taking over your timeline, heh. But it’ll give you a perspective in Black cutlure, with a mix of nerdiness, development, and food. ↩
Definitely in my ‘Pre-Publish, While-Writing’ bookmark folder. ↩
Provided that one keeps up with blogging often. ↩
“Is ‘Welcome back’, to the Stark Expo!” ↩