Why Every Tester Should Have a Blog

Testing is a journey. Each testing session forces you to ask new questions, review assumptions and hopefully learn something along the way. Like all journeys there will be problems, missed bugs or unexpected delays that force you to adapt your approach.

Sometimes it’s the difficult times that actually teach you how to become a better person. I am far more likely to recall the time I failed in the diplomacy stakes or remember every little detail about the critical bug that somehow made it to production. Digging in to the reason for these failures and finding something positive to take away can make mistakes a worthwhile pastime. Recording these lessons will help you apply them next time.

So much of testing relies on the tester having strong communication skills. Being able to write clearly and concisely is half the challenge when reporting bugs or reporting on testing. Writing a personal blog is the perfect place to practice your writing, as a useful aside it also helps you explore your own ideas about testing and record all those great, and not so great ideas that you have.

Many potential bloggers are deterred by the amount of time that they think a blog will require. Obviously the most successful blogs are updated frequently and I certainly find it easier to complete a post if I maintain a reasonably regular writing schedule. However it is your personal blog, no one will die if you don’t post for 6 months. Write when you have time and write when you have something to explore and enjoy the journey.

Do you have blog? If not, why not?

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3 comments

  1. And how exactly are we supposed to follow all these interesting blogs?
    At least join forces and write into community blogs…
    RSS Aggregators assist a bit, but then we get huge amount of Paper.li promotions by every 2nd tester on Twitter – which makes that one harder to follow…
    Another downfall of Blogs – is that these do not encourage feedback on posts – I prefer Forums!

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