Why blogging is good for product managers?
Majority will wonder why people blog - I sure always did. What are the reasons compelling enough to make someone put time and effort into blogging? It is just one of those things like going to the gym - If you do not do it consistently for sometime, it is hard to understand the value of it.
Below are 3 three reasons why blogging has been of tremendous help to me.
- It helps me not repeat the same mistakes.
Someone said default stage of a product is failure and the reward is learning. I learn something new everyday and I also forget it the next week because there is just so much to learn. If I don't learn from my mistakes, I am not heading for success. By writing I remember things more and can use them as reference for future decisions - I have become much more productive.
- It helps me organize my thoughts
Steve Jobs said below in 1995 -
"Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently"
If you are a product manager, you will have your mind hopping through multiple ideas throughout the day. For me, all ideas will strike a chord and it is so difficult to harness my mind to focus at times.
By writing my ideas out, I get rid of loose ends and I feel there is less clutter in my head, which gives me more room to innovate and think outside the box.
- It makes me happier
Here is a topic that deserves more attention: product anxiety. Being a Product Manager in a fast paced and a results driven environment, comes with a unique set of worries. When I write, I write about everything that composes my state of mind. Unexpectedly, this has helped me tremendously to harness my mind and be much more content all the time. All the learnings become concrete in form of words giving me a sense of accomplishment. Of course you may not want to write about everything publicly so keep some entries private.
One last thing, just start and you are really half way there. :)
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