D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Blogging = Community Involvement

Friday, February 1, 2008 12:04 AM

Jeff posted about it...Jeremy posted about it...I wanted to chime in my +1 that yes indeed: Blogging makes us all better, regardless of who you are and what you have to say.

I think some people have this notion that blogging is

a) Too time intensive

b) Has no real value apart from *real* work

One of the things that I hear from many people that read my blog is "How do you find the time to do it?" Seriously? How do I find the time? To take a few minutes to fire up LiveWriter and output something?

Blogging isn't time intensive. With the tools out there now, both on the server and for the editing clients, blogging is as easy as Twittering...just with more words. The bigger issue comes into play with option b)...

Some out there don't blog because they don't see the value in it. I actually had one person who is close to a product group at Microsoft tell me that he/she doesn't blog because "Why would I when the team does it so much better on the topics than I do?" The major benefit I see in blogging is totally missed by these people (although this person has recently picked up on blogging again, which is good to see).

Blogging = Community. Blogging is the way that all of us in the developer community get to have a voice in our industry. It's more than just a soapbox for us to vent, or a place for us to dump code samples...the blogsphere is where we come to connect with others, to start discussions, to make connections...it is one of the most important communication tools we use every day.

Like anything though, you get what you put in. Be part of the conversation, and you'll get huge payoff from it. Stay silent, and its really yourself that loses out.

D




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