1. InvestmentI invested a lot of time at the university in getting to know tools and to learn all the basic GIS techniques, working with spatial data and stuff like that. Furthermore I was also teaching GIS and I realized, people have very special needs when it comes to the deeper understanding on how a software works, the mathematics behind projections and so on. So I started to create video tutorials as well. This investment was about to get lost in my new working environment and I thought this would be a pity! So I started blogging about the stuff I have done at the university just not to forget what I have done and to increase my basic knowledge.
2. Leisure timeTo be honest: I don’t have any real hobbies. But saying this I miss a discussion about the fact that I like solving problems, I like to explore, I like to present. And if you do the stuff you like this might get called a hobby. And in my weekdays I am mainly living in hotels without friends around, without the common surrounding you know from your hometown and with plenty of time. So why not spend this time with stuff you like: Sitting at the PC, writing about the latest plugin/workflow, exploring an error you just saw when writing about the process and solving the error. I learned something and I am also able to share my “knowledge” with other people.
3. Career buildingWhen I started to work in the banking industry it was more or less the plan to work there for a given time and to switch back to the geo-IT once there is a good offer. So working on problems, solving them and to share this with others might be an interesting part of your resume. Well until now there was not the offer I was searching for but still: Blogging about stuff is a great way to show that you believe in some core values of employment:
- solving problems
- presentation techniques
- social media management
- knowledge transfer