Last night was the gathering held to celebrate this year’s Blogging Idol. I had a great time.
It was a real treat to meet people whose posts I’d admired and commented on in person and start the process of getting to know them, not just their words.
We all also got to take part in a vibrant discussion about this community of writers and commenters, and the larger community of IT professionals it serves. (That great silent majority, the “readers”.)
You know, a single comment can not only be insightful, it can change things for one of those readers. It can send their career into a new and (for them) better trajectory, it can stop them from recommending something that they’d be blamed for later, it can get them in a better position in their work.
A comment, of course, can also be a question. I know when I write a post I’m coming back every day or two to see who’s raised a question, because I love answering them. I know I’m not alone in that!
Writing a whole post, when you’ve never done it, can be hard. I know people like me can intimidate with a Niagara of words tumbling out. But a comment or a question is something anyone can do.
In our discussion last night, we all agreed that we want our community to grow and be vibrant — to become essential to all of us in and around IT. We can do our part by putting the first words there (and if you’ve got a hankering to throw your ideas out there, we’d love you to join us — I know I don’t know everything and, despite years as a research advisor and as a consultant I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the different situations and challenges my peers in IT face daily).
Start with a comment or a question. It’s the best way we know to be invited to come out for good times, good food, good brew and good conversation — and the best way to help your own career grow and prosper.