Blogging is a recent activity which flared on online media reaching to millions at the same point of time. There is a variety of blogs on almost any topic one wants including some quirky ones like pet posts, feelings of inanimate objects and reasons why black is better than white. It is noted that in this blogging culture, engineers’ contribution is inversely proportional to the number of new blogs coming out every day. Is it because engineers can’t write? Is blogging reserved for one-directional occupants? Can this platform provide suitable content by engineering students?
In the process of decoding such myths, this is what has come upon. Engineers, during school education or engineering, do write a lot but it is restricted to robotic or mechanical writing. They write in numerous lab reports with least interest. This does not imply that they don’t have or can’t develop this skill set. Writing is hard without a doubt, but it has a lot of scope for improvement. In fact, when blogging gained recognition, engineers dominated this field around ten years ago. The content is never an issue as there is much scope in science topics and there are many other galleries to explore. However, students should not restrict themselves to technical content but delve into blogging as a provocative routine.
Here are some exquisite reasons why engineers should take up blogging:
- Personal Branding
It is crucial to selling your content not in monetary terms but regarding response rate. Blogging makes you visible to the right audience. It certainly provides engineers with a scaffold to unleash their potential and helps them to stand out. Once acknowledged in the blogging circle, an engineer can build up himself as a brand, specifying skills and interests. It creates an impressive profile, especially for employers.
- New Skill Set- Long-term benefits
Writing is such a power which comes really handy irrespective of the profession. When it comes to engineering, most of the students give up on the idea of blogging due to lack of impressive writing skill. It is not easy but can be learnt with time. Start off with a few bad write ups, view the comments and the feedback. This will help build your confidence and eventually writing will be another feather in your cap. A new skill set not only resonates in your CV but also improve your chances of getting hired based on your type of content and the responses.
- Community building
Here is how an engineer’s knowledge and skills can be put to best use. They can document what they do or learn with brief posts which provide value to those learning. Sharing links is very helpful to those seeking help for a project. Platforms like GitHub and Stack Overflow come into picture here as they are leading platforms for such content.
- Career Growth
Blogging is perfect for the career. It helps you open up to new thoughts and ideas thus improving your thinking ability. One of the straight perks of this activity reflects in your performance at the office. Writing comes under ‘soft skills’ other than leadership and communication which helps you grow as an engineer. Blogging can stimulate these soft skills as one is forced to think, read and write. Such things are taken into account by companies when promotions are around the corner.