How does blogging help web designers?

Blog  [blawg, blog]  noun.
1. a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.
Upon starting this new blog, I truly wondered what the point was? After doing some research on it I’ve found that blogging can be very beneficial for web designers. According to Forbes magazine, today blogs are often used like resumes. Blogs can also be used as tools when you’re seeking inspiration, ideas, or suggestions. I know in the past I have used blogs when looking for suggestions about my web design. Blogs can help you take other peoples experiences and use it to your advantage. 

Blogging can be difficult for designers, however, designers should take advantage of this communication channel. You can use your blog to improve your PR, writing skills and build your network. Blogs make connecting to other designers easy. There are a few blogs I follow about web design. These blogs have helped me learn tips and tricks to improve my knowledge and experience with code. One of the best sources I have used is alistapart. They offer news and updates within the world of web design as well as bits of inspiration.

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Blogging also helps you build your brand and your identity. According to Graphic Design Blender, “skills like writing, organization, time-management, and project management. … are openly demonstrated when you maintain a blog.” After interviewing multiple popular designers who also blog, many of them simply stated that they were bloggers because they enjoyed it.

I had underestimated the importance of sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences through blogging but I am definitely going to keep an open mind about it from now on.

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