Write A Blog for Your Career
In this post, I am writing about an email course that is put out by Simple Programmer. It’s an email course where over the span of a couple weeks you’ll receive some emails about how to get started writing a blog, which if implemented correctly can help boost your career and gain yourself some notoriety as a developer. I’ve actually started a couple of blogs before this. And I also have one
here that I’ve used to gain opportunities working as a developer. One issue with that blog of mine if you noticed. I haven’t posted on there at the time of this writing for about 6 months! I have recently taken the Simple Programmer’s course on starting your own blog. Let me tell you, it’s full of insight and practical advice. Best of all I got this cool certificate png image with an href! All joking aside, the course does have some pretty useful content.
The number one rule that John Sonmez of Simple Programmer recommends for a successful blog, is to write frequently and on a set schedule. Currently, I am writing twice a week. Every Monday and Friday. You can tell by the date of this post, it’s actually Saturday. So I missed by 24 hour hours already. But that is beside the point, I am writing a post anyway. Consistency is what your audience is looking for, both in the content you create and the time at which it arrives. In the course emails, Simple Programmer has an offer with BlueHost for $249.00 for 3 years of hosting, which really is a great deal! I already had a domain name though and I use DigitalOcean for some of my other projects (in the future I’ll be going over using cloud hosting such as DigitalOcean and AWS), but I still think it’s a great deal if you’re looking to get started. I use WordPress for my other blog site so I am totally down with using it for both its ease of use and plentiful plugins. I’m trying to write about development on here, not develop my blog! So once you’ve figured out your schedule and spun up a site then what?
What To Write About
This was actually really fun for me. I just sat down and brain-stormed 50 ideas about what to write about. This took me about 20-30 min and then I picked my top 3 for my schedule. This post actually was not on there, but I am super stoked about doing this, and I am trying to take a little direction from someone who is more successful in an area I want to be successful in. If you haven’t caught the gist of what this site is about yet, well most of my topics are about helping newer and aspiring developers, or even some that have been around awhile but are struggling with certain topics to get back to the basics and fundamentals of what it means to develop and write code and how to improve.
So I’ve Written a Post
How do you get people to actually read what you’ve written? That is always my question too. Simple Programmer is trying to help you by helping them. Creating a win-win situation for both. I never thought about SEO much before now, but anytime you comment on a blog using something like Disqus, your site URL is part of your profile, and people will see that at some point and generate some traffic to your site. Also think about that link with the cool png, that Simple Programmer gave me to use. That has the potential for search engine crawlers to create some additional links and in the long run, those add up. Site indexing is not really my interest, but it’s how things work, so it pays to help put out quality content and share with others. I also plan on using Twitter and posting my new posts there. I’m not really a twitter fan, but hey it can’t hurt, and I think I may actually start using it, just to get some additional traffic. Also, remember to read other blogs, and if you have something insightful that you’ve written about, you comment with a link to your post, or just post a thoughtful comment. Two of the blogging platforms that I plan on doing this with are Hacker Noon and dev.to. Remember quality counts and some of the older types of black/gray hat SEO won’t really work well for generating traffic to your site. What will count is you being yourself and being consistent. I hope you’ve found this useful and if so check out Simple Programmer’s Blog Course