Why should a developer have a blog? - Before answering the question we should be aware of the current scenario of developers and programmers. Whenever a developer joins an IT company he/she thinks the only way to become a successful developer is to do coding. Similarly, freelance developers mostly feel that the only way to enhance their expertise is by coding. But coding alone might not help them to become successful if they are not updated what’s new in the world of technology and development. For any individual either working for a company or as a freelancer it is necessary to have a network in order to become a successful developer.
According to a study done by IDC in 2014, the total number of developers (professional and amateur) worldwide was estimated around approximately 18.5 million. But the number of developers involved in blogging is not high. Just imagine if all of these developers start writing technical blogs with their coding experiences, then this will be valuable for the developer population throughout the globe.
Let’s have a look on the benefits of writing technical blogs:-
2. Share knowledge and help everyone
There are times when a developer gets stuck with some error and is unable to rectify that. Most developers prefer searching StackOverflow to get a solution. The importance of developers blog can be felt when a developer gets a satisfying answer with these blogs.
For example, a developer starts his/her own developer blog explaining useful things with tutorials. Developers can find this work helpful. Then they start commenting, liking, and sharing on different forums. In this way, that developer’s blog gets a lot of attention in developers community and in turn develops a network around this. Some best blog platform for developers include - Blogger, WordPress, medium, etc
3. Learn new technologies by teaching
It’s usually said that teaching is the best way to learn and explore. The sole way of getting deep knowledge about something is to spend time thinking about it, discussing it and finally processing it. As a developer, you are the best person to communicate regarding a project on which you are working. So when you sit and write a blog, you need to think more than the topic. You will research on the references, latest technologies related to it and you would also create a sample code for the people to understand. Writing on a regular basis with your job would make you learn and have in-depth knowledge better than your peers. For working professionals, with time you would end up being the most valuable and indispensable part of the company allowing yourself to get a better position with salary hike. For independent developers, your knowledge level will make you visible on the radar of big clients and companies.
4. Turn your blog into a business
Who doesn’t want to earn through blogs? In recent times blogging has emerged as a comfortable way of earning money. But if you think through blogs you can earn quick money, the answer is big NO. There are two aspects of earning through blogs. First, if you have established your name online and capable of writing good tech blogs. There are websites that pay for your blog contribution.
Second, if you own a blog and it is running for a while then you have an option to expand into different directions. You can earn through ads, offer your service, and you can sell your own product to your audience. Freelancers can use this to show off their skills and attract new customers. Many developers podcast and make money through the show sponsors. Possibilities are many.
5. Engage with wider range of developers community
Earlier internet was mainly used to make connections between researchers, academicians, and journalist. Snail mail was one way in which the ideas in the form of printed copies were shared across the globe, but now the internet has a solution for almost all the problems. For example, if a researcher in Tokyo wants to share his work with a professor in Germany, he can do that in just one click. Well, writing blog is one main phase and getting reviewed is another. We all know about code reviews that most of the companies and projects employ, so getting feedback from the developer community can act as an evaluation to your concept and implementation. This would help you further develop as well as improve your skills.
6. Become a better developer and a great writer
It's not an easy job for a developer to come up with a new blog for every new project. Doing the job of development along with writing helps them to demonstrate their passion and expertise before people. Persistently writing blogs can develop your writing skills strong by making your perspective clear and allowing the users to understand the topics in a better way. You would explore a new self by thinking beyond the readers and learn the trickiest way to make people listen to you through your blogs.
As a developer, writing concise, fresh and relevant blogs could make you more insightful resulting in appreciation and recognition from the audience.This could surely make you a better communicator, a better programmer and will allow you to make revenue out of it.
It’s a long game and these reasons make the game worth playing