Why I Can’t Stop Blogging About Design

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I started blogging about a couple of months ago. First, it was on my personal website blog, Jad Graphics Blog1. I then decided to launch the Design Informer about a week ago. Just in this short timespan of blogging, I have learned and accomplished much and I can’t turn back from blogging now.

Here are a few reasons why I have to keep blogging:

Blogging about design helps me learn new skills.

This is the main reason why I blog. Every designer who decides to blog has just set themselves on a path of learning. Let me explain. In order for me to write about certain things, such as a new tutorial, or a CSS technique, I must first learn and master that technique. That means as a designer/blogger, I must spend time trying out new techniques in Photoshop for me to be able to achieve a certain effect. You can ask any successful design blogger out there and they will all tell you about how much blogging has helped them learn new skills.

When you blog, you are constantly looking for new things to blog about, which most of the time will take you out of comfort-zone and challenge you to learn something new that you can talk about in your blog.

Blogging about design helps me refine my skills.

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My design skills has gotten better because of blogging. It seemed like I practice designing everyday now, and it has just helped me tremendously.

Development

Starting a blog helped me a lot in this area. I was able to build my WordPress theme from scratch, and I learned quite a few things about PHP and WordPress through the process.

Writing

This is a big step for me. I think I stopped writing ever since I got out of college. Blogging has helped me to start writing again, and it has enabled me to better put my words on paper. Also, studies show that writing can also help you better express your thoughts in normal conversations as well.

Communication

If there is a skill that is lacking in many designers today, it is communication. Blogging has helped me to become a better communicator. In order for my blog to grow its readership, it is vital that I learn how to communicate with my readers through Twitter, email, as well as answering and participating in comments.

Blogging about design helps me build and expand my network.

Networking

Because of blogging, I was able to expand my network of designer friends. In this short time span, I was able to meet some new designers, interview them, and get to know them a little bit. Of course, networking with these other designers and bloggers isn’t easy, and it takes a lot of work, but I believe that if you are real and you ask any of them for a sincere request, most of the time, they will be happy to help you out.

A great example of this is Chris Spooner2. I don’t know how many interviews I have seen of him online. I don’t think he can even keep track of all of them. He is a designer that has been able to increase his network through blogging.

Blogging about design helps me stay up-to-date.

Because of the hours that I spend each day thinking of ideas, reading other blogs and viewing links from my Twitter3 account, I am more current and up-to-date with the popular web design and graphic design trends of our day. This is a huge benefit in blogging. No longer do you have to do tons of research when you get a new client asking you about the latest trends in the web, you already know them and already blog about them.

Blogging about design helps me open many new doors.

Open Door

I have had numerous inquiries from different people regarding web design, graphic design, and WordPress development all because of blogging. I guess for some random search term, they ended up on my blog, and because of that I was able to obtain new clients. Many other bloggers can testify to this. Also, when you blog, you are building your brand online. It helps you become more credible. When prospective clients see your blog and see numerous tutorials, comments from other designers, as well as an awesome design, that speaks volumes to them.

To Sum It All Up

Will I ever stop blogging? Probably not.

Blogging has just helped me grow so much as a designer. That is why if you are designer and you still don’t have a blog, get one today. The things you will learn, people you will get to know, and clients you will receive will be worth all the time and effort that you have invested in creating and maintaining a blog.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.jadgraphics.net
  2. 2 http://www.chrisspooner.com
  3. 3 http://www.twitter.com/designinformer
  4. 4 http://feeds.feedburner.com/design-informer

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  1. 1

    Not only do I totally agree with your points, I’m also impressed with your blogging. Love reading your posts and I think you’ve got an awesome all-around blog here that is bound to be in the top few soon.
    .-= Brandon Cox´s latest Blog Entry – A Twitter List for Bloggers and Writers – Post Yours Too =-.

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    @Brandon Cox – Thank you very much for your kind words. You’re making my head big. :)

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    this is the exact reason why I have new post

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    I would agree 100% with this… blogging about subjects (instead of blogging just to blog) is a great way to share knowledge, increase awareness, and help others as well as helping yourself. I’ve found long ago that some considerable time will go by between using certain technologies (like AJAX or ASP.Net) and found myself going over my own blog posts about it to freshen up.

    Blogging also keeps your mind focused on that subject and I’ve found once I’ve blogged about a subject, I keep diving into it to learn more (and sometimes update my blog posts with the newly found information).

    Keep on doing what your doing, eventually you’ll be at a point where you feel like there isn’t anything you can’t do.

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    Thanks for generously sharing your experience as a designer cum blogger… I am planning to start my blog and this article I shud say is a big boost…!! Keep them coming…

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    Thanks for your inspirational post! I am trying to start blogging – I understand its importance and relevance – I’m just concerned I will start, get busy, and stop…and that never looks good. I suppose I should just dive in….thanks again.

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    I agree with all your points. Blogging really keeps you updated with the trends and techniques. For the same reasons I started blogging again and now I am updating my blog after every 2 days :)
    .-= Decent Weblog´s latest Blog Entry – 12 Tools For Managing Your Passwords =-.

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    @Gabriel – I really agree with what you said. Thanks for adding to the blog post.

    @Bharat – Can’t wait to see your blog. Let me know once you start it.

    @Laura – It is hard to blog at first, but the more you do it, that more you will like and and it will be harder to stop.

    @Decent Weblog – Thanks! BTW, you have a nice blog.

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    I agree with your points, and I have to say the best thing blogging has taught me is how to hustle. I’ve been trying to write a decent-sized post every day, and as you say, if you want to write about a new technique, you have to learn it first. Which also means you have to find time in your day to learn AND to write about what you’re learning, on top of your normal work. I love being able to write about web design, and blogging every day has taught me that if I really want to make this work and be the best designer I can be, I need to get off the couch and get working! If you and I can both do it, then so can anyone else with passion for what they do.

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    @Kevin – Thanks for actually reading the article and contributing your thoughts. I definitely agree with what you said. Blogging has helped me push myself everyday.

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    Great article with which I fully agree.

    Also, I wanted to tell you that you are doing a great job on the quality of your posts as well. Quality over quantity will always be the way to go – keep it up!
    .-= Chris´s latest Blog Entry – Creative Inspiration | Alberto Seveso =-.

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    Thanks for writing such an inspirational post. I have just started my blog and this post is a good boost. Keep up the good work!!
    .-= bharani m´s latest Blog Entry – A Big List of Twitter Related Resources =-.

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    @Chris – Thank you for the compliment. Quality over quantity is great, but I still try to publish as much as I can while trying to keep a high quality. Keep up the great job on the Sports Designer blog and do a post on the World Champions, LA LAKERS.

    @Bharani – Great! Keep at it and you’ll be successful if you really put your whole heart into it. Remember, love what you do!

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    Richard Hebensterit

    December 4, 2009 11:01 am

    Thank you very much for the great idea’s I have started a blog, have had difficult times figuring out what to blog about pertaining to web design but you have given me some great ideas.

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    Blogging about design help you people like me who loves to read blog target at specific niche rather than spending so much time researching…all I need is to follow a certain blog that interest me.
    .-= Christina´s latest Blog Entry – A Graphics Artist Way to Save on Gifts this Holiday Season =-.

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    One of the things I discovered by blogging about website design is that there is a lot of experimentation with design graphics. The tired old websites of the 1990′s is now a thing of the past.
    Bloggers have pointed out how important it is for a new website to really reach out and grab the viewer. You literally have seconds to grab their interest and attention. There is a return to the use of subliminal graphics that do just that. My fellow bloggers have helped me discover many of those sites.

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    thanks jad,
    I am Actually agree with you at all in all then benefits of blogging in your department ex: design
    you will gain more thing you can’t expect :)
    thanks a lot, your post make me back again to my blog ;) and that’s will be soon , but what you thing of some laziness or lack of blogging rates why that happen to blogger ?

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    Yeah, I agree with all the points. I’ve been following you on twitter for couple of months and i appreciate your posts.

    All the best.

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    I’ve learned more by teaching then I could have ever learned by reading. It’s almost selfish not to blog. Share what you know with the public and let’s innovate! I want to see a design field so radically changed that I don’t recognize it every 6 months!

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      Hey Scott, lots of truth with that statement.

      I’ve learned more by teaching then I could have ever learned by reading.

      That’s almost always the case for me as well.

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    I’m not sure exactly about what you are trying to say but thanks for leaving a comment. ;)

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