Anyone who knows me knows that I am very passionate about writing and blogging.
The proof is in the pudding really, you only have to look and see
Am I the best technical writer? Probably not but I do believe I convey important and insightful content in an effective way.
Today’s article is not about myself and my writing though, rather it is about why I so strongly believe that YOU ( the future or current dietitian) should be writing/blogging.
Here are my 7 reasons why I believe it is such a critical activity to take part in:
( If you prefer watching/listening to reading, click here to check out my YouTube video on this subject)
1. It is a natural way to keep current: No matter how confident you are with the content of a given topic, actually writing about it requires a different level of precision and articulation. Not only that, but it forces you to keep as up to date as possible. When you blog on topics you don’t just learn about the topic for the sake of it, you learn about it for the purpose of conveying a message and so the knowledge comes and stays more naturally.
2. Your blog becomes your portfolio: when you regularly produce high quality content you are essentially creating a portfolio that reflects your understanding, views and expression of topics. If a writing oppprtunity comes around for print or web, you will be a much stronger candidate for the position if you have that body of work backing you up.
3. It improves your web presence: The more unique content on your website the more searchable it becomes and the higher it ranks on search engines. Regularly updating your website gives visitors a reason to return and keeps your site relevant
4. It helps you engage your audience: Engaging an audience is a wonderful feeling and if you ask the right questions and push the right buttons with your work it is a feeling that you too will be able to enjoy.
5. It keeps your writing skills sharp: In the age of social media I feel like writing has become somewhat of a lost or forgotten art. If you feel that you have become estranged with the written word, blogging may be your solution.
6. It provides you a creative outlet/opportunity to show off: If you are a dietitian or nutrition student I am willing to bet you are probably either a talented writer or savvy in the kitchen. Some of you may even be both! Either of those talents translate very well to blogs and hey maybe neither are your thing and you are more a speaker than a writer. In that case, you can always vlog!
7. It let’s you reach and help people: If you are in this field it is almost inevitably because you love helping people become healthier. When you produce high quality insightful and evidence based blog content, that is exactly what you are doing. I believe that blogging is such a natural extension of our profession because we have a responsibility to fight all the misinformation out there and keep the public a informed as possible.
Have I convinced you to start a blog yet?
In all seriousness, I really am fond of blogging as a valuable tool for professional development and public education.
And hey, If you aren’t ready to start your own, you can always write a guest blog for me!
Until next time,
Andy De Santis RD MPH