I was intrgued by this posting by Steve Poling, a principal at DeGrazia Elementary School in Arizona. He asked the question, “Is it a risk to put yourself out there in a blog?”
I had a conversation with a principal today about starting a blog. In the conversation, we agreed that blogging is one way for a principal to help set the culture of the school. Writing a blog with thoughts about the school and leadership communicates ideas in a way that a personal presentation or monthly newsletter cannot.
And, I think blogging is a way for a person to share who they are – their beliefs, their ideas, their thoughts and dreams. If postings deal with ones beliefs, ideas, thoughts and dreams, then I think it can only enhance future job prospects. I would hope that people today who are hiring educators in a variety of positions would consider it a plus for a person to have a blog.
On the converse, let’s say an employer reads a possible job applicant’s blog and doesn’t like what he reads? In all jobs, we often talk about a “fit” for the job and the applicant. If the potential employer does not like the applicant’s blog, then the job is not the right fit.
I think a blog is one way of showing a potential employer more about who you are as a person than a resume or letter of application or letters of recommendation.