Why You Should Start a Data Science Blog

Blogging Improves Your Skills, Builds Your Reputation, and Is a Small Business

Peter Grant

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Most professionals are laser-focused on furthering their career, and are looking for different actions they can take to either earn that big promotion or build a side business for themselves. I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the best things to do is start a blog, and I think all data scientists should seriously consider it. The main three reasons for that statement are that blogging:

  • Improves your skills,
  • Builds your network and reputation, and
  • Is a small business.

Here’s my rationale for each of those reasons.

Improves Your Skills

Writing an article teaching people a new skill requires that you be extremely knowledgeable about that topic. As you write an article you find that you need to explain details you had never thought about before. You discover that teaching a skill requires a deeper level of knowledge than you’ve ever had before. As a result, you’ll learn more about the topic to fill in those knowledge gaps. Thus blogging drives you to know the subject better than you ever did before.

Additionally, blogging gives you an additional incentive to dive deeply into the topic. Sometimes you don’t need to know all the details about something to perform in your role at work. There can often be limited motivation to achieve true mastery when in that situation. Blogging expands your professional circle to a new group of readers who are interested in learning skills from you. This new set of contacts, and the new potential revenue stream that you can create from it (more on that later!), provide a new purpose for developing deep mastery on the subject.

As a bonus, any blog content that you write becomes a source that you can look up later. If you’ve ever looked up the way to implement some code on the internet, used that solution, forgotten how to do it, and found yourself spending hours Googling it all over again then you know the frustration I’m talking about. Blogging solves that problem for you, as all the articles you need will be stored in articles that you know how to find. They’re easily accessible…

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Peter Grant

Water heating team leader at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Manages teams of 15+ people on multi-million dollar projects developing novel technologies.