Blogger Appreciation Day on LinkedIn

Here’s a suggestion from Scott Allen for Blogger Appreciation Day ( cf: Problogger) which might make sense if being a blogger is an important part of one’s identity:

Put your blog down as a separate job on your LinkedIn profile

I’m going to do that today.

Blogger Appreciation Day April 14
Here are a couple of ideas on how to implement this with LinkedIn:

1. Connect with the bloggers you know. Now just because you read someone’s blog doesn’t mean they know you well enough to feel comfortable connecting on LinkedIn. If you do know each other well, just send a LinkedIn invitation (remember to personalize it — make it your thank-you message). If you’re not sure about it, contact them via email first and ask them if they’d like to connect.
2. Give them a recommendation. Show your appreciation publicly — put it on their profile. Be specific and relevant — don’t just gush. Be sure to read Naina Redhu’s LinkedIn recommendation tips first. Also, I generally recommend that people put their blog as a separate position on their profile, unless it’s an integral part of their primary job. If the bloggers you’re connected to haven’t done that, you might like to suggest that to them so that you can make a recommendation in the context of their blog rather than their primary job.

Possible objections might be that it might not look right to potential employers or that it’s bending the rules of LinkedIn, but then I would retort that most bloggers would have a prominent link on their profile anyway and that maintaining a blog is indeed an important part, if not THE most important part of the modern ‘portfolio career’ way of life which spans a number of different positions and income streams at any one time.

Will you be putting your blog down as a separate position on LinkedIn? Do let me know if you think it’s a good idea or otherwise, similarly for blogger appreciation day itself 🙂

update:

Here is a list of other fine blogs which are spreading the blogger appreciation day:

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