The Importance of Blogging

I blog. In fact, this is a nearly daily ritual where I research my space, collect my thoughts, and respond using this cheap but time-consuming tool. According to Technobabble’s list of analyst bloggers, it’s done well for me, but despite the rankings, what are the tangible benefits?

1) It helps me learn: every topic I post on, someone will add additional thoughts in the comments, so more is gleaned than just me mouthing off. In fact, I get over 7 comments per post on average, so that’s at least a few more perspectives that just mine.
2) I’m still a social media practitioner: In some cases, when folks become analysts, they stop practicing and may suffer from challenges in understanding the nitty gritty. I still lead events, experiment and review tools, to me, this is a core part of what I’m about, so I won’t stop this.
3) It saves me time: I spend about 2 hours every morning with this ritual, but how does it save me time? This blog is actually an archive and reference point for me, I send links to clients, I’ve lists of the industry, and I can quickly find links, stats, and case studies.
4) It gets me business: My last two jobs, I was primarily found through my blog, and to a great degree it helped me to get my job. Charlene told me that as she often did online research, links continued to point back to me, and eventually it made sense to have a conversation.
5) It brings business: At my previous role, I brought hundreds of qualified prospects to my employer, and it’s only increased at this current company. I get a ton of emails asking for social media help, and I’m known for sending them links to existing posts, or if they need further help, I’ll ask if they want to learn more about being a client.

To me this is a career blog, a blog that will move with me from job to job. I don’t get directly paid to blog, in fact, if I stopped, I’d still get the same size paycheck. I’ll have to be honest however, a great deal of energy and effort goes into maintaining this blog at the current frequency, and it’s not easy. Like a financial plan, you’ll have to budget out time every day/week to do it, and soon it becomes a major part of your lifestyle as I constantly have a filter on when I’m consuming information to see what could be published.

Update: Carter Lusher asks in LinkedIn if you are more likely to buy from an analyst that blogs.

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    blog that will move with me from job to job – nice point, Jeremiah – career blog!

  • Sonny Gill

    Great notes Jeremiah. I’m currently redesigning my site/blog and am able to gain a lot of knowledge from industry leading blogs, including yours, which has definitely helped me throughout this process.

  • http://www.personalbrandingblog.com Dan Schawbel

    My blog changed my life. It’s the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to make your voice reaches a large audience.

  • Mick Franck

    I get a lot of insight from your blog and from others. I just finished a book “blogging heroes” which interviews several dozen bloggers about the how and why of their blogs. Interestingly, the book’s editor has a blog that has been turned into a book for the Amazon Kindle, for Sony’s Reader, and for Adobe Reader on PCs.
    I thought it was a great way to extend his blog to a larger readership.
    the title is “Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog 2007″ http://www.amazon.com/Wikerts-Publishing-2020-Blog-2007/dp/B0013O9D7S/

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  • http://www.nickchhan.com Nicholas Chhan

    Jeremiah, this is also the same reason why I blog. Rather than blog for money, I’m blogging to strengthen myself intellectually, to better my career, and most importantly to better my network for both personal, and work.

    I’m to admit that it’s very tough to start blogging elite industry posts unless you have the years of experience. Otherwise, you’re just pretentious.

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  • http://www.valleyzen.com Drue Kataoka

    Blog away – J
    Congrats on the List.
    I agree about comments. One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is the way that other voices augment a discussion.

  • http://blogs.forrester.com/charleneli Josh Bernoff

    Should others follow your lead? You have something they may lack . . . talent.

    I think the first step is to convince yourself that you want to blog, would love to blog, and can’t live without blogging. If you can do that (and are a decent writer) then do it.

    If not . . . your talents may lie elsewhere.

  • http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/ jeremiah_owyang

    Thanks Josh

    If you go back and look at my first posts, they are laughable. This was a learning process indeed.

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  • Mick Franck

    I get a lot of insight from your blog and from others. I just finished a book “blogging heroes” which interviews several dozen bloggers about the how and why of their blogs. Interestingly, the book's editor has a blog that has been turned into a book for the Amazon Kindle, for Sony's Reader, and for Adobe Reader on PCs.
    I thought it was a great way to extend his blog to a larger readership.
    the title is “Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog 2007″ http://www.amazon.com/Wikerts-Publishing-2020-B

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  • Cynthia

    You are right Jeremie, you know i got my job as a language teacher through my blog too. Its amazing how things work on the blog. Sometimes it makes me feel like i have about thrity hours in the day already. I can do so much in so little time.

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  • http://twitter.com/jasonmmurphy Jason Murphy

    My blog helps me clear my thoughts and clean my mind out. I don't always get to do it either, need to step it up and write the posts that have been on my minds shelf.

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