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I’ve just joined the Get Noticed! competition. This is my welcome post in which I will briefly introduce the contest’s idea and why I decided to join.

(a too many afters) After Get Noticed! 2016

This year’s edition is already the 3rd one. Last year I was not taking part in it, but I went to the closing gala. After that event, after traveling there and back again over 600 Km, after meeting with that year’s competitors, after seeing all the positive attitude, and finally after the after party, I’ve decided that, if Maciej Aniserowicz (the man behind the idea) announces the next edition of the competition, I will surely join it. And so I did.

Rules of the contest

During the contest all participants are obliged to post at least two blogposts a week between march 1st and may 31st for at least 10 weeks. That means that each participant has to produce at least 20 blogposts during the competition.

Another rule is that each participant has to be writing an open-source project of his choice for the duration of the competition. Each week one post has to directly relate to the OS project, another one has to loosely refer to IT.

Why to write the blog

In the next section I will discuss why exactly I have joined Get Noticed, but first I have to tell you, why it is worth to write a blog.

First of all, a blog is the greatest way of knowledge consolidation and repository I have ever used.
If you are learning something, write about it. Do a tutorial or write down your notes on more interesting parts of it. Thanks to that whenever you have to recall something, go to your blog, and find the article you are interested in. It may be hard to believe but it’s faster than googling it. What’s more, thanks to the fact that you wrote it, it’s easier to comprehend than any third party tutorials. Also by writing about what you are learning, you continuously consolidate your knowledge by repetition.

Despite the fact that I wrote only two blog post on Docker, I already used them as an entry-level training material for my colleagues. I could focus on my work while they were reading the text, then we could discuss the details. That’s another value of blogging, you may use your posts as a training material.

Last but not least, a blog is a great way to get potential job offers and finalize them. It shows your level of knowledge and communication skills. As an added value you may also count that it shows, that you are broadening your skillset outside working hours. As such you shine among other candidates.

Why did I join the competition?

I treat this competition as a motivation to keep blogging regularly and more often. Allegedly after 90 days of doing something it stops being a chore and becomes a habit. I hope that it’s true, and my experience shows it is. Therefore I am participating to make this chore to habit transition.

I’ve also seen how a blog may affect a community. I would love to be a part of it and have my own input into our collective knowledge, even though I am not a trendsetter. I am eager to educate myself so why not educate others in the process? As an old master told his apprentice: “If you want to master something, teach it to others”.

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