When I first started sharing about Tridion, it was on a private forum with no blog posts. I doubted I had anything worth sharing.
After helping customers these past three years, seeing what others struggle with, and re-learning much of what I thought I knew, I realize a few things:
- I have more to share, more to contribute, and maybe more chances to inspire others to share than my official role or title.
- The more I explain, the easier it is to explain. Practice makes permanent.
- No one will read it all, I'm not that special, and "few people that need my posts actually read them. But the ones that need them when they find them appreciate it."
You should share.
You are or can be a thought leader.
If you answer the same questions and keep getting the same questions, it's a sign. It means your answer isn't out there. Give it away. Or a small taste of it.
At least save yourself time and write it down... so you can reference yourself when you're next asked. Wait. If you answered it already, copy, paste, and revise it instead. If not answers, then share code, ask questions, make a podcast, or record a demo.
Educate. Share. Leave a legacy.
Don't wait for perfection. Share so small, you can't get it wrong.
Or aim so big that you can't possibly achieve your goal, but you'll make something epic anyway.
Recycle. Re-use. Good ideas need to be expressed, vetted, and revised. Bad ideas need to be expressed, vetted, and revised. Bad ideas transform into good ideas by being expressed, vetted, and revised.
Share what didn't work. Share the mistakes. The community doesn't want perfection. Parts of it want to know you and what you've done. Parts want to know what works and doesn't. Much of it just wants to get its job done.
Choice words at the right time make a difference. Encourage someone. Mentor someone. Mentor everyone or be a student of the World.
I'll say it again, as a past/current/future thought leader in your industry, you should share (more).
Edit: why do I care if you share? Because others shared when I needed help and sharing shaped my own career. Especially with my corner of the Web--Content Management Systems--I find knowing and engaging the Web is important to being a "Web" professional.
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