The good, the bad and the wonderful of blogging

There is no bad actually. The only bad is me not working consistently enough for it. It’s only there in the title for swag.

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So, I opened my blog this morning and this was the first notification.

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I don’t consider myself to be a very successful blogger. I occasionally write. I am not very good at coming up with content ideas. Even if I do come up with an idea, I am rarely satisfied with what I produce with that idea. But being an ultimate optimist, I see positivity in however much I have achieved.

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I wrote my first blog post in January 2016.

Diving into QA

This one was easy. How did I land in the field that I am. There was a good story to tell. Everybody likes a good story. What’s next? Coming up with the next one was hard. I published my second post in April 2016.

6 lessons after 6 months in QA

Lists are always trending so this one was pretty successful. This is when I really started rolling down the lane of blogging. After this, I wrote about all sorts of tools that I came across and found interesting and practices that helped me get through my day-to-day tasks. I also started a Facebook page to reach out to the testing community more effectively.

In addition to my own thoughts and experiences, I did guest posts too. Moreover, I started a Quote series to share the words of wisdom of the testing gurus out there.

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From being a person who just couldn’t write, to someone who can at least summarize what her views are about a certain tool or how she prefers to get something done, I have indeed come a long way from where I started. It’s just pointless writing, you might think, but there are some benefits of technical blogging:

All that learning

You learn all the time. You can’t write without reading. You end up reading a lot of stuff (or listening to a lot of podcasts) by the people who are already doing wonderful work in your field. This, in turn, leads to a lot of learning. Your knowledge expands massively. You also learn from yourself. You don’t realize that you know and understand something so well unless your write about it.

Higher edge against your peers

Being a (tech) blogger, you have a higher chance of doing better at your work or getting a new job. You have an edge over your competitors. Your superiors realize that you obviously know enough to write about it. You hold your individual opinions, you have your own set of practices and you don’t sit back with what you’re given and continuously strive to do better and exceed expectations.

Getting to know people in your field

There is a culture of forming communities for better interactions these days. Blogging is an effective way to interact with such communities of people who are working in the same field as you, globally. It helps you get your word out there and receive feedback. It also helps you in being part of a nice environment of knowing each other and learning how different people approach different problems and go about their solutions.

Looking back at one year of blogging, it all started as a personal goal of documenting things that I am learning and experiencing. But it turned out to be something far bigger and better than that. I learned a lot, developed a passion for reading and discovered my potential to write. Although, like all humans I have had my moments of pride and regret, but with the start of a new year, I have some resolutions starting with being more consistent. Fingers crossed!

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