I was talking to my friend’s father, i treat him like my own uncle, he is a graduate from IIT madras, and a scientist at Indian Arms(they design/research weapons or something like that) what you have to know is, he is very techie with lots of knowledge, with huge potential to guide next generation engineers in his sector of work.
I was asking how he gather knowledge and how he share his knowledge with the world, and how he connect with the similar minds working on same subjects,the answer is pretty plain: i talk to my colleagues, i regularly read the journals and magazines on this topic from the office library, which is kind of shocking for me, then i ended up asking if he blogs about his learning, to my surprise he doesn’t do that, and he is kind of no idea about it, was asking what is it, then finally why the pain? so all his knowledge sharing happens among his peers. He is not alone, my father a electrical engineer with vast of knowledge in his sector, he never communicates about the subject with people outside his work circle. It made me to conclude many of seniors in previous generation, aren’t really sharing knowledge over internet, their medium of sharing knowledge happens only at work. These gentlemen are capable to share and guide the next generation and stop them from re-inventing the wheels instead focus on next big thing. for that these gentlemen should start blogging or get involved in similar activity.
here’s the series of questions i faced with when i ask them to blog:
Why i should blog?
You have spent more than a decade working so and so topic, you know the pit falls new comers will ought to face, you know what is proven and what is not proven, you know the challenges that needs to be solved, those who starting in your sector will be better informed and be thankful.
You will become the authority of the subject, almost every starters these days start to gain knowledge on something after searching over internet, there is the very good possibility you will be quoted whenever there is a discussion on that topic, “Mr.xyz said in his blog post that abc is possible…”, that is the moment to pride for, after you retire, you will still be asked for the help and guidance, if you are more giving insight on the topic, more you become the de-facto for the topic.
If you are convinced:
How do i blog?
Blogging is easy and free, you have so many options where to blog, prominent one’s are wordpress and blogspot.
Choose your platform and start writing the articles on your topic of interest, just treat it like your extended notebook, where you jot down your ideas and gained knowledge.
Ok, blogging requires lot of effort and time, what i will gain from it?
As i said earlier, you will become the authority of the topic, very good chances are you’re quoted among next generation professionals, if that sounds like a charity, i can show you, how business takes place in your blog…
You write a very content rich blog posts, which contains lots of useful information, which means you will attract almost everyone searching for the specific information to your blog site, say if your blog about electrical engineering involves uninterrupted power supply(UPS) for industries, which means many of your blog visitors are either working on UPS and electrical engineering, and you have product recommendation related for those visitors, eg: cheap UPS, battery, job sites for engineers, etc…(there are thousands of them).
Those are targeted adverts, i can explain them more, i have blogged them in detailed in other blog post.
I hope this is convincing enough to start a blog today! My best wishes and thanks for sharing your knowledge.