There are many reasons why a person might find it beneficial to have a blog in 2009. Anyone who is a photographer, writer, designer, artist or any number of other creative professions should have a blog. The reason for this is that a blog is a place you can document all your ideas and things you create and have them in one place for all to see. It is your storefront and can be used similarly to a resume.
A Blog Can Be An Extension Of Your Resume
A blog is where you have the ability to not only tell people who you are but also to show them too. I have a friend who is a gifted writer intensely interested in politics. He has written for a college newspaper, interned at radio stations, and been the president of the College Republicans at a major US college. During that time he has probably written hundreds of articles outlining his beliefs and many of them have been published somewhere. Although not a politician now, there may be a day when he is interested in entering that realm in some capacity.
My friend does not have a web site or blog and I think that is a major mistake on his part. He should have everything he has ever written, or at least all his best stuff, up on a blog. Not only will it help to preserve all his work but someday he may be able to use it as part of his resume. In the future he may want to get more involved with politics which he loves so much and if that were to happen, he could point anyone, including prospective employers, to his blog to get a first hand look at who he is and what he stands for. After reading his blog, any employer would not only know how well my friend writes, but he would also learn much about his character. I see a blog being an investment in his future.
Internet Marketers Need Blogs Too
Anyone attempting to make money online needs a blog as well. There are many ways to make money on the Internet but sooner or later you are going to need to join some affiliate networks. Two networks that I know will need to see some “proof” of who you are and what you can do are Neverblue and Market Leverage. Both of these networks will want to see a website or two of yours and they will need to call you on the telephone and speak with you before you can be accepted. They don’t just accept anyone and you need to show some experience before you will be let in. Google has also made it harder to get accepted for Adsense and many people with only free Blogger blogs have been rejected lately. (although for Google there is some confusion as to whether they are requiring you to have more than just free Blogger blogs or whether you need to have something older than 6 months)
This website (DayJobNuker.com) was good enough to get me accepted into all three of those affiliate networks and it serves as my online “resume”. Of course it is not a real resume and doesn’t tell you too much about me but it does give anyone who stops by some idea of my writing style and that I have had an online presence for almost two years now. It helps establish credibility when I go to sign up for things or ask favors from someone.
I believe anyone seriously interested in making money online should start a flagship blog. I can’t believe that at one time I was thinking about selling this site. What a colossal mistake that would have been and I am very thankful I decided against it.