Why you should start blogging early

This is a quick post that I was inspired to write by looking at my blog’s stats and follows on from my previous advice to blog.

You should start blogging early because the results compound over time. Here are the stats from my site (out of WordPress).

blog stats

What I am seeing is that the popular posts from previous years still continue to attract views, even ones like Setting up LESS compilation to CSS with Gulp in Visual Studio 2013 which refer to a version of Visual Studio two generations old now. While that post should have a fairly limited lifetime, I expect others posts such as Avoiding numeric overflows in Redshift decimal multiplication to be useful and attract views for a lot longer. I posted Avoiding numeric overflows in Redshift decimal multiplication in August 2016 and it got 90 views before the end of the year. This year it has had 363 views and is my 2nd most popular post viewed this year.

I hope this highlights the benefits of starting blogging and producing content earlier. The earlier you start blogging, the more content you will have available in the future. This is more content that people could find your blog through or more overall views you could receive.

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Why you should start blogging early

Why you should blog

For the last few years I have been a career mentor for I.T. students at QUT. As part of that I try to inspire the students to start blogging. In this post, I’m going to detail reasons why you should blog. It’s written with students and graduates in mind, but I think everyone should be blogging. I regret that I was slow to start.

It is intimidating to start. You might think that you don’t have anything worth blogging about, or that your posts won’t be good enough for others. Forget about what others might think.

You should blog for your own personal development.

Blogging will help you work through ideas, you will learn more as you research your posts, and your communication will improve.

Blogging is good for your career. It will show your interest, that you enjoy learning. It will also show that you can communicate and share ideas. It will differentiate you from other students and graduates without a blog.

Forget that others might read your blog and start blogging for your own benefit. Blog about what you are learning, the parts you found challenging and what helped you to overcome that. Blog about what you have built and how you have applied what you are learning.

You are just starting out in your career and that gives you a different perspective from experienced bloggers. Writing from your perspective might allow you to create content that helps others starting out in their career. Sooner or later people will start reading your blog and you will have contributed to the community. You might even find looking at your view count addictive!

Hopefully this convinces you to start and I am always happy to help and review.

If you need more convincing I recommend you read Scott Hansleman’s or Steve Yegge’s or Erik Dietrich’s opinions.

Why you should blog