Blogging Enhancing Your Career?

Posted on February 22, 2006 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Blogging is a pretty interesting phenomenon. I must admit that before I started blogging I didn’t really understand what blogging was really about. Even now I sometimes wonder. However, I found blogging to be a great experience for you to put down on paper some of the different things you learn. It motivates you to study a subject in depth which you might not have studied had you not been thinking about blogging the subject. I find EMR and HIPAA very interesting, but I wouldn’t committ nearly the time nor the intensity to my involvement in it if I wasn’t trying to build something of use. Yes, I did say that this EMR and HIPAA blog could be useful. At least that is still my goal. Call me ambitious.

I found an interesting article on working up the career ladder with a blog. As I’ve been blogging I’ve often considered some points in this article before posting something. Here’s the most poignant part:

It now is common for job interviewers, customers and partners to Google your name before engaging with you personally.

If you have built a useful, thoughtful blog history, you could be well positioned to open the door for a fruitful business relationship. If not, you may not even get in the door. You can be sure if you claim to be an expert, you had better have a blog that covers your expertise or the door will be bolted shut.

I have a really common name so good luck on finding my EMR and HIPAA blog by my name. More importantly I plan on putting this blog down on my resume as something that shows my expertise in EMR. This is why I find the second part so important. I better make the sure the content here is good. I wouldn’t go as far as this writer in saying that the door would be bolted shut, because any intelligent business person can realize that this website isn’t just about advancing my career. Often a website can be multifaceted in its goals. If the interviewing company can’t understand that then I’m not sure I want to work for them anyway. That said, I still want to be careful what I say. It’s a fine line that has to be walked. I’ll save most my personal ramblings for my personal blog.