The good news is that as I press publish on my 200th blog post, I'm able to announce that I've landed a great little job in London and will be diving head first into a new life in the capital. While there is a part of me screaming internally at how huge this is and freaking out slightly about shifting our lives 200+ miles, I'm also incredible excited to be continuing a career in the charitable sector.
As the title of this post suggests, it is in no small part due to my blog that I landed this job. As I entered the board room and tried to keep a handle on my nerves, one of the panel complimented my blog and my written skills. Now, this is not even a job in which blogging is a particularly relevant skill, but from the outset the panel had a sense of my personality and interests, and that was no bad thing.
As we passed though other areas of discussion and I answered further questions, one of the panel members went on to directly reference how my ability to distil the essence of a story demonstrated transferable skills which would be relevant when sifting through grant applications. To me, this was proof that an engaging online presence can have all sorts of benefits as you move forward in life.
So for all you bloggers out there, even if you don't work as a freelance writer, keeping up a interesting online space demonstrates time, effort, precision, written ability, and analytical skills which can appeal to a whole host of organisations. I keep this blog because I enjoy sharing my thoughts on books with you, but it's clear that its benefits have reached beyond what I ever could have imagined.