Free Course – How to Create a Blog That Boosts Your Career

To readers who want to learn programming, data structures and algorithms. You may be surprised, but this post will not be about any of these topics.

In this post, I want to give a special shout out to John Sonmez at simpleprogrammer.com. For those that are interested, right now, I am currently taking an online email course titled How to Create a Blog That Boosts Your Software Development Career.

Don't get me wrong. I am still focusing on software developers and programmers. However, unlike other posts, I would like to talk about why every Software Engineer or Programmer should start a blog. Funnily enough, the reason why I started this blog is not because I read 

Without giving away a large amount of content in this course, let me give you three specific reasons why you should sign up for this course.

If you guys have any questions/queries regarding your career or what the software engineering industry looks like, John's website is a great place to go to for resources.​

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1. Offers Practical Wisdom Geared Towards Success

Unlike some other courses that just give you plenty of advice, John lays out tested and practical steps for creating a blog. Furthermore, John gives excellent recommendations on potential problems and hurdles when starting out such as choosing a hosting service or a WordPress theme (if you plan to use WordPress to blog).

It wouldn't be fun for me to spoil it all by posting all the secrets on the blog. Needless to say, his advice has helped me steer the boat towards the right direction.

Because he also manages a blog that gets over 7,000 views per day (as of today), I believe that every blogger/aspiring bloggers have a thing or two to learn from this guy. Because John has started from the ground up, people who take his course can learn through the following means

  • Reading and applying the knowledge gained from the course.
  • Watch exactly what John and the other bloggers do.
  • Using the practical advice freely provided by the email course to build a solid foundation.

As I mentioned before, John has a tonne of experience in this field. Learning from those who have gone ahead, made plenty of mistakes and ultimately succeeded is invaluable. The practical wisdom that he shares through this course is something I am willing to fork out some cash for. 

2. It Empowers Individuals to Take Steps to Achieve their Goals

Obviously, every individual who signed up for this course (myself included) wants to create a blog that hopefully boosts their career. Apart from the wealth of knowledge gained, the greatest asset I received through this course was confidence and the impetus to push forward.

Please note, however, that boosting my career is not my primary and only motivation. However, it definitely did become one of my motivation after I stumbled across this course.​

​For example, if the key theme of the lesson was consistency, John would systematically lay out the email lesson the following way

  • Why is consistency important?
  • How to be consistent
  • Some extra advice that will empower individuals to be consistent (without spoiling too much).
  • Conclusion, followed by homework and a call to action

Sometimes we all need that extra nudge to make things happen. Rest assured, this course will give you the extra motivation you need to push things into motion. If John's course worked for somebody like me, it can definitely work for you!

3. Designed to Generate a Snowball Effect 

Please give me the opportunity to elaborate. I currently just finished the 5th lesson in his email course. What I noticed by looking back and reflecting is that after each lesson, my motivation, desire to write, and overall passion towards blogging increased dramatically. 

Now, readers may argue "Jay, maybe you are just born that way. Maybe teaching and writing is your passion". No and no. In the past, I've taught and believe me when I say that I did not enjoy it. To the point where I even told myself that I would never teach again. 

John's course has an intangible factor that motivates each student to really go for it. If I were to take a stab at what the root cause is, it would be the whole package. The nice integration between the encouragement, challenges and helpful nuggets of wisdom. It may just be me, but the content itself and the delivery, how it was packaged really helped me digest the information and jump forward.  

Let me say this straight: This course is not a pep talk designed to simply motivate readers. The email course equips readers, pushes and challenges readers, and ultimately, propels the reader forward. A real-world illustration I would compare this course with, is a springboard.

At the same time, I would like to also highlight that this course is NOT a magic bullet. Naturally, readers have to read through the content, follow through with the homework and challenges John gives us at the end. Without the reader's effort, don't expect anything to happen.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, I will be answering a few questions that I think would pop up fairly regularly. Please do take note that these are personal opinions. Therefore, it is not the absolute correct answer. 

1. How Much Time Do I Need to Invest into this Course?


This is a very open ended question, so allow me to break it down, little by little. 

​If you are referring to the amount of time it takes to read through the email, it takes approximately 10-15 minutes on average, to read through a single email. As of now, these emails are sent every Tuesday and Thursday.

After reading the email, I recommend everybody to go through the homework that John posts up on the email. Most of these take around 30 minutes. Maybe a little bit more. If needed, I recommended readers invest up to two hours on more involved homework, such as brainstorming on topics for blog posts. These definitely helped bring clarity to my mind on what kind of posts to write. Thanks to these brainstorming sessions, I am never out of ideas on what to write on.

The rest of the time is up to you in how you would like to invest. Remember that ultimately, you are taking this course to build up your blog. 


2. How much does this cost?


​In case you missed the title, this course is absolutely FREE! There is no reason why you should not at least try out this course, especially if you are interested in getting your blog started. 

Great advice, motivation, momentum. And tonnes more. Honestly, I cannot think of a single reason why anybody would not give this course a try.​


3. Apart from the e-mails, does John provide any Supplementary Material?


Along with the free email course, there is a supplementary workbook. Unfortunately, it is NOT free. Did I buy the book? Yes I did. It was offered to me at a discount, so I jumped on it right away.

Without giving away its contents, I would just like to say that the supplementary workbook is well worth it for the following reasons.

  1. The workbook contains all the lessons in one single document, meaning you don’t have to wait till emails are sent to jump on ahead.
  2. Furthermore, there is additional content on this workbook that is not available in the emails sent during the course such as words of advice on link-building.

I personally also wanted a workbook so that I can scribble down on some ideas and whatnot. ​

What are you waiting for? Sign Up Now!

As of now, the course is absolutely free! I don't know if this will change in the future, but if I were you, I would jump on it right away. There is absolutely no reason not to. ​

In my personal opinion, it is better to sign up sooner than later. Procrastination is not your friend. It never did me any favors. The sooner you get started, the greater your rewards will be. You will also reap its benefits far sooner than starting, lets say 3-6 months down the track. In this case, time spent feeling insecure, debating on whether to take the next step is time wasted.

Furthermore, what's stopping you, when all the information needed to get started and build momentum is out there, waiting for you to claim it? 

Sign up here to take the course on How to Create a Blog that will Boost your Software Development Career.

 

About the Author Jay

I am a programmer currently living in Seoul, South Korea. I created this blog as an outlet to express what I know / have been learning in text form for retaining knowledge and also to hopefully help the wider community. I am passionate about data structures and algorithms. The back-end and databases is where my heart is at.

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