I recently graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Computer Science and a Minor in English. As part of the preparation for my job search, I’ve been reading some articles and blog posts about breaking into software development. There’s a lot of good advice to be found.
One of the things I took away from this post on Simple Programmer is that a blog can be a key component of an online presence. Not only does a blog provide a vehicle to explore a passion for a particular subject–software development, in my case–it can help get your name out there.
Blogging can also be a great way to connect with people who share the same interest. A few years ago, I maintained a blog in support of one of my hobbies–writing fiction. As a result, I’ve met a number of people who also write fiction, many of whom I’m still in contact with today.
But what to do for content?
That’s a tough one. For starters, I’ll be highlighting my portfolio of personal programming projects I’ve been putting on GitHub. I sometimes read books and work through video courses on Udemy to further develop my skill set, so I’ll probably do the occasional review.
Before I went back to school to get my degree, I worked as a developer in the video game industry. In my role as a Designer, my work was part artistic (game level construction) and part technical (gameplay scripting). I might draw from this past experience for content if I can relate it to software development in general, and if I think it might be of interest to visitors.