Will A Blog Help My Career?

If you are reading this, I am going to assume you are also working in IT.

This blog post is primarily directed at people working in IT - especially testers.

In this blog post, I would like to share my experience in blogging, how others have benefited from blogging and the perspectives of people who make hiring decisions.

Lastly, I will share a few ideas for people who are considering starting their blogging journey.

If you don’t want to read this whole blog post and just want to know if a blog will help your career, then the answer is:


You just need to read on to get the details. ;)

The Beginning Of My Blogging Journey

Some context:

I’ve been quite into writing until I was about 15 years old. I enjoyed writing poetry then later wrote for an online teen magazine. I also wrote sporadically for the university magazine (mainly reviews though).

I also wrote in my diary almost every day for about a year when I was 16-17.

I’m providing some context so you know way before this blog started, you realise that I have been into writing for a while.

I don’t actually remember why I started my blog in the first place.

All I remember is that I set up my old blog nickytests.blogspot.com and then had some fun choosing a template and colour scheme.

How My Blog Has Evolved

At the start of my blogging journey, I blogged about what I was learning, random bugs I came across, ISTQB etc.

It was mainly just ramblings - I don’t think I made much sense except for my how-to ISTQB posts that I have since deleted.

These days I tend to blog about whatever comes to mind, but I make a much bigger effort to structure my thoughts and articulate them clearly.

Until fairly recently, I didn’t have sub-headings in my blog. I started with that because I realised that I liked other blogs that did that - as it made them easier to read.

I figured it would also make my blog easier to read.

How I Have Benefitted From My Blog

The benefits that I know about are:

Actually that’s it.

That’s all I know about (Or at least remember).

But combined with putting in effort to connect with others online through Twitter, LinkedIn and Ministry of Testing’s Club., these opportunities have opened up to me:

How Others Have Benefitted From Their Blogs

A few days ago I saw a tweet on Twitter saying something along the lines of everyone should get a blog.

And it got me thinking.

A few hours later I tweeted asking if people felt their blog has helped their career and/or led to opportunities.

I got a lot of replies.

I noticed a few trends though.

Here are some examples from Twitter:

Your blog contributes to your personal brand.

Blogs or particular blog posts led to speaking opportunities for a fair few people.

For some people, it helped them get a job.

Lastly, it helps improve your written communication skills.

I strongly recommend you check out the replies. I learned a lot from the Twitter community and enjoyed reading about people’s experiences in blogging and on if/how it affected their career.

What do people who make hiring decisions think?

I asked on LinkedIn whether people who hire testers, look at candidates’ blogs and whether that works in people’s favour.

I noticed that most people would check out the blogs.

Having a blog won’t necessarily help the candidate however.

Whether or not it would help the candidate also depends on how the candidate structures their thought process, but also their viewpoints - what you write may be used against you.

So, what now?

You don’t need to have a lot of experience in your field (or any), if you want to start a blog - you can blog about your learning journey. I actually started my blog when I had 6-12 months experience. (Come to think of it - I’m almost 10 years into my career, and I still see this blog as a documentation of my learning journey).

If you have absolutely no interest in writing a blog, then that’s ok - don’t start one.

But if you want to start writing a blog or you’re on the fence about it but aren’t sure exactly how to start, then here is some advice:

Focus on content for now, worry about the platform later.

You could always start blogging for free on Medium, Wordpress or Blogger now, then later move to your own domain and even self-hosted later.

Some great starting blog topics include:

Here are some more resources if you want to get started with blogging:

5 Tips to Start Blogging

How to Start Writing Online The Ship 30 for 30 Guide