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Are you a web designer or a web developer? Are you blogging yet?
There are several thousands of web designers and web developers actively seeking new opportunities online. A lot of them are excellent at what they do, but among those many excellent designers and developers only a hundred will actually be known on the internet.
It is depressing to know that you probably won’t get noticed.
What if I told you that you can change the course of your life simply by blogging?
You are probably very limited to what you are currently doing. 9-5 job as a web designer/developer, and the people who will be awestruck by your work won’t probably even know your name.
If you are a freelancer, then it’s a bigger problem if you don’t have a blog. Admit it, you want to be famous someday in your field, but how?
Why not start a blog? A blog can act as three things, as a repository of your daily life, both work and personal, as an archive of ideas that you’d want to realize in the future, and a place where you can teach your trade to people.
Being a web designer/developer means working alone most of the time, even if you are on a team. You have your own ideas, own methods, and own preferences of how things should go, and being limited by rules is everyone’s nightmare. Now, where does blogging enter?
I have a friend who is a great web developer who works with a team, and frequently he would tell me his ideas of how he could have done their project faster and better, or in many cases how he felt utterly confused trying to read someone else’s code to integrate their modules. I was, to say the least, his “blog” where he shared his thoughts and ideas.
I am pretty sure you have similar feelings. You have friends around you that you can speak to anytime about your work, and about the future you want for it. That’s just one or a couple of people, but with blogging you can reach hundreds, even thousands.
By nature, web designers and web developers are creators. You create things. But you cannot create when limitations are set. With blogging, there is no limit to where you can go and what you can do. It is a stimulant, which can help you think of more bright ideas that could lead to your big break!
Blogging is one of the best ways to establish your online presence. It is not enough that you have a good portfolio, you also need to tell others that you are good at what you do and that you exist!
Google your name right now and tell us what the results are. Facebook? Google+? Twitter? Wouldn’t it be cool to have your name point to your own blog? Because if people are serious about commissioning you for opportunities, then they will first do a background check. It is always a plus to have a blog where you can freely talk about your life or the things you know.
So, you have great skills, that’s a given, but what are you doing about it aside from work? Why not share part of your knowledge to thousands of people out there?
As our favorite spider once said, “with great power comes great responsibility” which is not too different with your skills that you have acquired through years of experience. You have a responsibility to help and educate those who are dreaming of becoming the same as you.
I am neither a web designer nor a web developer by trade, just a hobbyist, but in my line of work as a writer I can’t help but share useful tips with everyone!
The main idea here is if you can alleviate others’ hardships, they’ll remember you and talk about you to other, and besides, blogging won’t take more then an hour of your day. Seriously! You get to exercise your writing skills too, which is very important.
Below you will see blogs of established developers and designers where they speak their minds about their daily lives and work life.
A blog can act as:
If you haven’t started blogging yet, you will find sooner or later that it will be a necessary aspect of your life.
Blogging is actually a good way to help you transition from being a full-time web designer/developer to being a freelancer, or full-time blogger. Websites like 1stwebdesigner are usually created by web designers and web developers who have that passion inside of them to teach. Instead of designing and developing websites and applications, they have set their goals to teaching, which is a very noble act. Trust me, if 1WD isn’t here along with similar websites, where will you get your new techniques easily?
But the point is, you can actually make a living from blogging about your field!
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Ryan Carson, Treehouse CEO and Founder
Matt Mullenweg, Founding Developer of WordPress
Matt Mullenweg regularly blogs about almost anything WordPress related down to comments that have amused him. He left WordPress in 2005 to start Automattic, the company behind the great successes WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, IntenseDebate, Polldaddy, and more.
Dan Cederholm, Dribbble co-founder
Dan Cederholm‘s blog is not updated regularly, but he understands the importance of having a personal blog where he can post about the important stuffs. He’s a designer, author and speaker, and his blog acts as his portfolio.
Chris Coyier, founder of CSS-tricks.com, worked at Wuffoo/Survey Monkey
Chris Coyier updates a lot about his work and personal life, which can easily be an inspiration if you want to start your own blog now. He has a huge fan-base, which is important in the online world, especially if you want to be competitive. It’s all about how many people follow you, and how many good connections you have.
Patrick McNeil, author and developer, featured on .NET Magazine
Patrick McNeil is a developer, author, teacher, and speaker. He was featured in .net Magazine. You might know him from his blog Design Meltdown and his book series The Web Designer’s Idea Book.
Here’s a quick and solid guide on how to build a blog from scratch!
All the established web designers and developers have their own blogs, why shouldn’t you? Don’t wait before you get yourself featured in a magazine, start your own blog now and share your thoughts there. Say, update it at least four times a month or even more. What’s important is that you are then already anchoring your roots in the ground!
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Rean is the editor of 1stwebdesigner. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development. Rean also writes at Knowledge Salad, a blog filled with weird and interesting facts. One of his goals is to help his fellow Filipinos earn money online, to help them build a career out of working from home, just like what he has been doing for years now.