For me there are many personal benefits to blogging on SCN, including recognition of my subject matter expertise by a community of my peers and fulfillment of work MBOs. However the most meaningful benefit is the interaction and dialog it can create with others who share my passion for business intelligence. The open exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices that blogging facilitates can be a catalyst for innovation and change that increases the value derived from technology.
In fact, history shows that the sharing of information enables change that transforms peoples’ lives. The invention of the printing press in the 1400s helped fuel the European Renaissance by making new ideas available to a much larger audience. The telegraph, telephone, radio, television and internet each in turn enabled further business, societal and cultural changes.
Although I don’t expect my blog to change the world, it does enable me to participate in and influence the world of business intelligence. I get to share and discuss ideas with people I might never meet face to face, which helps me expand my sphere of contact and influence. I’m also forced to look at my assumptions and biases and listen to other points of view with an open mind, which helps me helps me expand my concept of what is possible and engage in more thoughtful and meaningful dialog.
Everyone possesses knowledge that can be of benefit to someone else. Blogging on SCN makes it easy for you to share your unique knowledge and experiences. And your participation could not only benefit you but possibly change someone’s career, the success of a company, or maybe even the world.