Today is my one year anniversary of blogging! If you would have told me 14 months ago that I would be writing a technical blog, I would have looked at you like you had two heads! It has gone very well and I have learned/reinforced some valuable skills such as TESTING/TESTING/TESTING, writing comprehensive documentation, and keeping my problem solving skills honed. See below for some stats from the previous year.
Over the past year, I have written 33 articles, some more popular than others, but all have at least received some page views.
I also have had visitors from 78 countries!!! WOW!
The most popular ones (which is no surprise) are articles that show you how to do a specific task or help you solve an error message. You can count on seeing more of these in the future.
When I first started writing, I had no idea how I would be able to create so many postings. However, any normal work day requires you to figure things out, so if something comes up that is interesting you think: “that would make a good article” and before you know it, you have a bunch of ideas. Also your emails asking questions about different items is a good source also. Keep the emails coming!
I would highly recommend blogging to any IT professional. It keeps your communication skills sharp, and will help you if you need to document items at your work place.
If you are looking for a job, your blog can even be your portfolio to show prospective employers what kind of stuff you know and how well you can communicate.
I even referenced my blog once when I needed to do something in SSIS and I had a brain cramp and forgot exactly how to do it. I went to my site and followed my own directions and solved the problem!