Content Creator? Keep an Articulated and Structured List!
Some firms, especially the smaller startups, appreciate when employees create industry relevant content. Others have a definite need to bring on such employees early on. Afterall the first step in the sales process is Awareness. If you’ve been creating content, I suggest you put together a single article that narrates the different topics you’ve produced content on. Articulate the key points you’d like a hiring manager, or hiring firm if you consult, to see. What follows is an example for you to consider if you are a content creator. The need is very similar to keeping your resume up to date.
A friend at a firm I’m speaking with recently asked me to send the industry relevant articles I’ve written. He wanted to share them internally with the hiring team. Rather than send an unordered list of links, I wrote up a few paragraphs. They were in a logical order and had details. It was enough content that I realized I should put it into an article.
The primary focus for creating content will always be industry-specific to the firm. Since I’ve advised on several technologies while in tech, I’ve broken them out by those spaces here. If I’m speaking with a CAI, APM or CDN firm they can review the relevant section. And the others give a feel how well I can communicate on topics that not everyone in the audience is familiar on.
Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)
The first one related to CDNs was The CRUD to Think About With Modern CDNs. After that I published a high-level intro called The Ease of Getting Your Site on Fastly (an Amazing CDN).
In 2019 I worked a booth at O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference. There were experiences that lead to the article “The Blues Brothers and (Relative) Velocity – Have You Heard.” At the time two of the companies I reference were on Fastly, but one hadn’t yet firmed up their messaging. As such I didn’t mention it. That article was also one where I was trying to change up the style to make the article stand out. Related to that attempt to change up the style, “Can You Learn from the Cloud and Be More Secure?” is from when I was at PagerDuty. It uses a Wild West theme (actually Star Wars) to talk about GuardDuty. It has more of a Security slant to it. On the Security topic I’ve got an article on my blog “Authentication? Authorization? What’s the diff?” I haven’t cross-posted it because I think I have one of the analogies off and I need to review again.
My article “Liars and Statistics . . . or Perhaps Accounting?” is a comment on accounting and how companies are able to skew their costs by how they classify different expenses. Personally I think it is shady, but if it is legal – what am I to say?
I published “So You Get the Need for Performance – but How Do You Improve It?” as a way of highlighting my knowledge in how to improve performance. Not CDN-centric, but shows how I understand there are different tech problem causes and different way to solve them. It blends my time in Application Performance Management (APM) as well as CDNs.
The last one I’ll mention is “When a 2% Increase in Cache Hit Rate Can Save You 20% in Data Center Costs.” It is the CDN concept one that I am most proud of. This leads to a nice transition into the Analytics space.
- A System Administrator back when we had Windows NT, OS/2 Warp, HP-UX, SunOS and Solaris in the data center. SunOS and Solaris are different. You have to spend time with them concurrently to fully comprehend.
- System Architect. Full Stack when LAMP meant Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl.
I’m a generalist, not a specialist. The more technologies you know about, the more building blocks you have to solve problems quickly.
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