For as long as I can remember, I have been called a geek. It took a while, but eventually I began to see it as a compliment and I realized what an advantage geeks have over the rest of humanity. More and more, the world is becoming technical. The people that used to mock my geek-tendencies now rely on me for help with their interwebs tubes blockages so they can get their Flickr, iTunes and eBay. But wait, there is more! The most benefits came when I turned my hand to blogging. Here are ten points why, and how you can also benefit:
Here are the first five reasons a geek should blog -
1. Clout from search engines – Having visibility on the Web has really come in handy, particularly when people Google your name and find you at the top of Google’s rankings. Now, you could argue that having social media profiles may serve a similar purpose, but it’s my opinion that your thoughts and commentary pull more weight than your picture and friend’s list.
2. Career – Once you have a good archive of wisdom to share, it can be of great help for your career, for furthering your job opportunities or getting freelance work. My writing has always been one thing that set me apart from other applicants, especially when recruiters were looking for case studies or evidence of competence in a specialized area.
3. Education (Deepening geekiness) – Keeping a blog forces you to stay up to date with industry changes and news. Also, via comments and conversations with other bloggers, you get exposed to ideas you previously would not have had access to.
4. Opportunities– Getting your name more well-known and your thoughts spread brings a wealth of opportunities, from startup gigs, freelance work, to speaking engagements and book deals.
5. Gadgets – It is not all business and careers. Many bloggers get sent free gadgets to review. In my case, the freebies tend to be books, but hey… it’s all good!