ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse, a pioneering full-time blogger, challenged his readers to choose 7 posts that fit the following specific themes. Here are my own choices:
1. Your first post
From May 2008, actually the third post on my Executive Resume Branding blog, but my first decent one, The Inside Skinny on Powering Up Your Executive Resume for Today’s Job Market.
I think it holds up well, with some good advice including the “4 – 5 – 2 rule” when writing executive resumes (although there are exceptions):
- No more than 4 lines in one paragraph or chunk of information
- No more than 5 bulleted short statements blocked together
- No more than 2 pages total for the resume (I’m not so strict about this anymore)
2. A post you enjoyed writing the most
Kind of a tough one because I love blogging so much, I rarely don’t like a post I’ve written. In re-reading My Close Encounter With Paul Newman, the initial thrill of the event comes right back.
3. A post which had a great discussion
The misinformation swirling around social media about what branding is prompted me to write What Personal Branding is NOT in December 2009. Quite a few people weighed in with comments.
4. A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written
My friend and colleague, Online Job Search Expert Susan P. Joyce’s Lifelong Learning for Career Security because, often neglected, continuous learning is critical for job seekers at all professional levels, and for everyone else, for healthy career management.
5. A post with a title that you are proud of
The title could just as easily be “Why C-level Executives Need to Blog”, but it wouldn’t have the same punch. I hoped to capture the attention of senior executives who really do need to be blogging to build online brand visibility, and credibility for their subject matter expertise, to help them land their next great gig.
6. A post that you wish more people had read
I invested a lot of time and thought into writing the 3-part series, Think Like an Executive Resume Branding Expert.
The three posts are loaded with information detailing how I strategize writing executive resumes. I wrote this in September 2008, before I started tweeting and before LinkedIn had the WordPress app, so it didn’t gain much traction. This reminds me to go back and retweet this post, and other important ones.
7. Your most visited post ever
Hands down, 14 Reasons I Won’t Follow You On Twitter, on my Executive Resume Branding blogsite, by far had the most visits and generated the most retweets (320 as of this morning) of any post I’ve ever written.
And my update here on Executive Career Brand, 14 Reasons I Won’t Follow You On Twitter [Revisited], is the most visited and retweeted post (256 as of this morning) on this blogsite. Both posts continue to get a lot of action.
If you’re a blogger, try taking Darren’s challenge. I think you’ll find it illuminating to look back and see how your writing has tightened and improved. Revisiting older posts can incite new blog post ideas, and be a reminder to resurrect some of them by retweeting them once again.