Why I Blog and Why You Should Too

    Posted on Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
    While I was still on the job market last year I noticed that blogging had become the popular for the next generation of software developers. Showcasing a portfolio was always the first piece of advice given to new graduates, but I knew very little about web development. Suddenly boot camps were pushing blogs as a part of their curriculum, and I knew that if I didn't catch up I'd be left behind.

    An article published by Forbes in 2011 titled 5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 Years, and I can definitely see it happening now. Before I started blogging, I had no social media presence at all. I was extremely careful about my online presence and never posted anything on public. I knew that getting a portfolio up would help, but I couldn't make the leap to create one. But in exchange, I wasn't networking optimally. No recruiters were reaching out to me, and instead I got e-mail spam for jobs that raised a ton of red flags. Both developer and data scientist blogs showcase what you know as well as what you've learned.

    I'm dating myself, but I still remember the days when CSS was considered new and fancy. I wasn't in the tech field yet, in the few years that I was in another field things had completely changed. A former coworker scoffed at the idea that web developers were actual developers (He's my age haha). Our time was before node.js, and the rising popularity of HTML5 apps. The web development moves incredibly quickly and it's not my day to day. If you're interested in web development, check out this 2018 Web Developer Roadmap by Brandon Morelli. My point is, you may not want or need to be a full-stack web developer but web development has increased in popularity. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way. These days I publish on OGAP, and in a future post I'll write about how I started creating my web portfolio at https://analyticsdriven.github.io. In the meantime this is the article by David Robinson, the author of the tweet above and a chief data scientist at DataCamp.

    Jennifer Cai
    Jennifer is a Masters student in the College of Science's Analytics program.

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