I started to blog because I could not get a job because I lacked experience, and I did not have experience because I could not get a job. The classic Catch-22 🙂
Did blogging help me get hired? It definitely helped. Here are some examples:
- I would lead with, “I only have a few hours of professional experience, but I have my blog and portfolio of sites I have built. This is like my own boot camp/internship.”
- When asked, “Do you have experience with Bootstrap?” I replied, “Yes, my blog has examples of Bootstrap sites I built, and also the links and code that helped me build those sites.”
Blogging functioned as an interactive resume as well as a portfolio of my skills.
Now that I am happily working, has blogging continued to benefit me? The answer is also a Yes.
- Writing my Model View Controller (MVC) Summary helped me really understand MVC because I had to read many articles, explanations, and examples to be able to understand enough to summarize the most important concepts.
- Chrome Developer Tools Quick Tips helped because I was able to refer to this post a few times when I forgot how to use these tools.
- Writing Dealing with Coding Insecurities helped me realize that the doubt and insecurities are very common for programmers, but I can win by having fun coding and by improving my abilities.
For more ideas on how blogging can help programmers check out:
Marketing Yourself: Why You Need a Blog
How to Get a Jump Start in Your Programming Career
6 Reasons why writing developer blogs should be practised by programmers
Why all programmers should have a blog?
Why every programmer should have a blog
Why Programmers Should Have a Blog