5 reasons every developer should blog
And you should too.
Writing helps you become a better communicator. And with communication skills quickly rising through the ranks of importance in the recruitment process, developers can no longer ignore it.
When working with clients, you’ll often need to explain much of the technical work to non-technical team members and other partners and clients. You will benefit from enhanced communication skills that will improve your efficiency as a coder.
In school, you most likely lived by the philosophy that writing helps you understand better. So why abandon the practice now?
When you read up on a topic you do not know and start writing a blog; it deepens your understanding of the subject. By reiterating your learning and organizing your thoughts, you are going not just to learn but understand.
An added benefit is writing the blog as if introducing the topic to someone who knows nothing about it. After all, you learn most when you are teaching.
More networking opportunities
Networking is just as hard as it is essential, and if you want to double your list of contacts, blogs are an effective way to do that.
By delivering valuable content to people who work in your industry, you build your reputation as a reliable and knowledgable coder. You also grow your digital footprint and make it possible for potential employers to contact you through blogging.
If you work as a freelancer, blog posts will prove your authenticity and function to your advantage by showcasing your skills to clients.
Breaking the shackles of perfectionism
If you think blogging is not for you because you are not a good writer and will not put out quality articles, you are most likely a perfectionist programmer, and you must break out of the perfectionist mindset.
Contrary to popular belief, perfectionism does not help you improve; it suppresses self-improvement. Even if you do not believe you could excel at it, your slow progress enables you to enhance your skills rather than letting your desire for perfection stall the growth.
You give back to the community
When you started as an amateur developer, you read articles and watched tutorials that fostered your growth and improvement. The blogs you write will do the same for all the youngsters venturing into the world of software and allow you to give back to the community that helped you. If nothing else, your blog might inspire someone to perform 1% better because of the learnings you have had.