4 responses to “Blogging: the new career boost”

  1. Blogging: the new career boost « FCIWYPSC

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  2. Glen Cooper

    Interesting article. The initial blog post to which you were referring to was not my cup of tea really.

    This blog post must be what you refer to as ‘networking’? How is that going for you?

    I find reading technical blog material laborious and tedious. In fact most of them are kind of preachy. Give me a published technical guide any day. I think that most engineers think that way too. UNLESS you publish great material for your industry already….. inportant to note that.

    Therefore, should you decide to write technical blog material, are you not just reducing the numbers of people who will eventually read your material?

    Then you must surely be asking yourself…. why am I bothering in writing this material at all?

    Bloggers can engage more readers by writing not only what’s on their minds, but what is concerning their kind [be it everybody, or just us engineers].

    Bloggers can help others find interesting material, which may have stayed hidden to those who don’t have the motivation to go look for it.

    Bloggers are internet and life experience filters with a personality.

    I’m still trying to find that sweet spot, and currently going through a spell where some readers are suggesting that blogging is just some sort of marketing tool. This is part correct. Not completely fair for some of us though.

    I will go off and write my own piece on this subject… I invite you to read it When I’m finished 😉

  3. GEARS

    I think the benefits do outweigh the potential problems with blogging. (yet, even as I type this, I’m a psued…). I think it can keep technical people more in tune with the social aspects of their field.

    For example, reading a lot of bio-med blogs by PhD students and postdocs gives me tons of things to consider about how I mentor my students, how I want to treat my students, and what our working relationships should be. Also, it makes me want to avoid NIH like the plague but that’s another story.

    I think if you’re into your blogging community, it can open your eyes to things that you may not consider otherwise. Plus, it can be an avenue for seeking external advice which I have done with bloggers on this site and others in the STEM blogosphere

  4. George Lungu

    I have a blog excelunusual d o t c o m in which I create and teach the creation of animated engineering and scientific models in MS Excel. I am a consultant on the side and I can tell you the blog is not helping me. People at all levels (managers, colleagues etc) just feel intimidated if you actually prove by some demo that know anything more than them. You can write it in a resume and that’s OK since they all think, yeah he’s probably good but not better than me. Every year I am more and more confirmed the fact that compliance and brown nosing are the most important qualities for true career advancement. There are proven good design engineers in any company however, but those are stuck in the back room in front of a monitor whereas the mediocre is promoted and gets to talk to the customers.