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Depends on your definition of ‘essential’

Apr 18, 20061 min
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”For your career, a blog is essential.”

So asserts Phil van Allen, a faculty member at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, as quoted by columnist Penelope Trunk in The Boston Sunday Globe.

Oh, yes, a blog is essential for your career – much like tuba lessons, having the right vowel for a middle initial, and just a hint of cumin.

There must be a limit to the delusions of grandeur that blind blogging enthusiasts — but to date all I see are fellows such as van Allen who continue to raise the bar.

Sure, blogging might be good for your career — if you’re good at blogging and your chosen profession … and you manage to avoid self-inflicted wounds.

On the other hand, a blog might actually limit your future employment options. For example, I’ve just shot all to hell my chances of being hired at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. … Pity.

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