"Oh let's be clear on my target audience - its my fellow ICT4D practitioners. I don't care much for what goes on outside of that. Yes, i follow the trends and comment here or there (or on this post too often for a proposal day), but…"
"And for all my promotion of blogging, I agree with you. If you can work and keep relatively quiet or find ways of expressing in other formats - good on you.
For me personally, I find that my joy in the work comes equally from doing it and talking…"
"As to the job search, I am a big fan of informational interviews. That's how you get allies. That's how you get past HR. And that's how you get support (and ideas) for your blogging (and opinions therein). Yes, happy to info interview…"
"Ha! I would say that being controversial wasn't the goal. Advancing my career was.
The path I took was risky - I essentially shouted down a much bigger org that could've squashed me had they really had their act together. I was also…"
"1) Nope, employee. (and we've met, so you should know this)
2) I don't know what you mean by separating "being an aid worker" from blogging or working in ICT. I work for a small social enterprise. I am doing everything from…"
"I would humbly submit that all of us have blown up on a blog - its part of coming of age in a digital realm. I don't see how one blog post could ruin a career, though it could surely get you fired from a job if you went too far. I certainly…"
"Do you think folks at our level are hired by HR? I would consider my personal branding, networking, and job search efforts a complete failure if I am unknown to the actual decision makers for a position. That's the whole reason I blog,…"
"I am with you that I would not want to work for a company that would find my approach and opinions to be disagreeable to the company culture. In fact, this is where a personal blog can be a great employer selector - they can self-select for/away…"
"I say that free speech can land you the right job.
Back in 2004, when I was just entering the international development field, I was looking for a way to make myself known. Both to advance my career and fill my need to blog. I've been…"