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Inside Blogs April 22, 2007

Posted by Null in About Blogs.

What is a Blog? According to Wikipedia, A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary has defined blog as a web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.

When I was first introduced to blogs I thought the uses of blogs are similar to newsletters and forums. But I was wrong. Blogs have much variety of uses. One of the important uses of blogs is that you can actually put up your ideas and get some feedback from others. These feedback or comments can bring up some more innovative ideas, which, you (as a single person) might have ignored. So there are tremendous positive outcomes from blogging. Now I wonder why so many of the Fortune 500 companies have started their own blogs!  One example is the Adobe weblog of Mike Chambers, who is a Senior Product Manager for Developer Relations at Adobe. Chambers said in an interview that blogging helped their software development a lot because it made the whole process more transparent and open. Project team contributions and end user feedback made the development processes more effective.

Apart from that, you can sell yourself on the web by blogging on a subject where you are specialised. Employers might Google for a prospective potential and you can be that potential if you have a professional blog. Your blog can be viewed as a dynamic resume rather then having a static web page. Penelope Trunk excerpted on her blog that blogging is essential to have a good career. Her journal also explains the following eight reasons why blogging will enhance a career.

1. Blogging creates a network.
2. Blogging can get you a job.
3. Blogging is great training.
4. Blogging helps you move up quickly.
5. Blogging makes self-employment easier.
6. Blogging provides more oppurtuinities.
7. Blogging could be your big break.
8. Blogging makes the world a better place.

These are not just typical blogging benefits rather some insights that blogging can enhance our careers. I think it is a great way to sell thyself on the Internet. Would you agree with me?



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