"Blogging and Your Future" by John Saddington

Blogging has been and will most likely continue to be the most important part of my professional career as it's been foundational in too many ways to count. It has helped me build teams, raise venture capital, test and prove product concepts, and even get new job offers and exciting opportunities to name just a few. If there was ever a time to start blogging it is now and I hope to provide some context for how this is done as well as demystify many of the excuses that you may have for not starting.


As you might imagine, it's more than just "blogging" but it's where we'll start the conversation. I hope to make a blogger out of all of you - so hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John, a serial entrepreneur, is a graduate of Georgia Tech and has two Master degrees from Dallas Seminary. He’s spent time as a engineer and executive in the Fortune 50 (JnJ, Dell, Fox, NewsCorp) as well as leading his own bootstrapped and venture-funded startups.

He’s contributed to and his work has been featured on CNN, TechCrunch, Mashable, The Next Web, and more. He leads his teams, coaches other startups, and spends time with his wife and 2 daughters.

He currently is a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at The Iron Yard, a technology accelerator, incubator, and code school. He also continues to work on his new iOS application, Pressgram, which was successfully funded through Kickstarter, that combines filtered photos with blogging.

You can also connect with him on Twitter: @Saddington

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  • Ilya P.

    Hey, I finally got the video from the talk up. Sorry it took a while. Fall at 42:50

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaxoMWT8Z80

    2 · April 9

  • Michael L.

    ....and following in Glenn's recent announcement, I too, have relaunched my blogging. http://codeconnoisseur.org/musings/let_the_musings_begin

    1 · March 14

  • Glenn S.

    A little late to the party, but finally got around to publishing an article I wrote based a point that was brought up in the talk: Shameless self promotion in 3...2....

    http://glennstovall.com/blog/2014/03/05/personal-blogging-vs-professional-blogging/

    2 · March 5

    • Michael L.

      Nice, Glenn, John had a similar affect on my thinking and I'll be posting my own "relaunch" on my blogging and thinking as well shortly! Better late to the party than never!

      1 · March 5

    • Matt D. S.

      Right on, Glenn. I did the same thing with my Studio Mds blog http://studiomds.co/b...­ and it laid dormant (and still has) for a very long time. I've moved forward with only personal domain blogging http://mds.io­ and quickly noticed that it was much easier to write as myself. It's already proved a valuable way for peers, potential clients, future partnerships, etc. to understand my thinking and opinions, which in turn builds trust and shows the mechanics behind the smoke and mirrors of a company brand.

      March 6

  • Jacob T.

    Where is the video of John busting ass? #mustSee

    2 · February 24, 2014

    • Ilya P.

      Haha, I unfortunately made some errors regarding the audio (most important). Working on fixing it though! Lesson learned, don't have the mic so far away...

      February 25, 2014

    • Michael L.

      Zee mic ain't necessary for a good ass bustin' Come on, already!

      1 · March 5

  • Gregory W.

    Great event last night. As John mentioned, Startup Weekend is an awesome event to be a part of. Find out more about the first Athens event and register here: http://athensga.startupweekend.org/

    February 21, 2014

  • Matt D. S.

    Awesome talk. Many thanks to John for making the trek to Athens. In proper fashion, here is my recap of last night's event... on my blog http://mattdsmith.com/blogging-and-your-future/

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Jordan B.

    John was an engaging and fun speaker. I've read some of his posts before, and I can say that his personality translates well through his words - spoken or written. I'd love to have him back to Athens to speak at the Developers of Athens meetup.

    February 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd love to help! Just ping me!

      February 21, 2014

  • Jess B.

    Hi Guys, I have a small case in point to corroborate what John was saying last night. http://brownwebdesign.com/blog/you-can-blog-too

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Andre P.

    Though we came late, was realy good event. I hope to see you all again.

    February 21, 2014

  • Jess B.

    So good I almost fell out of my chair.

    4 · February 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      lol.

      3 · February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, thanks guys for letting me speak! so gracious! can't wait to see the new coworking space!

    3 · February 20, 2014

  • Michael L.

    I was good to hear about someone genuinely talking about being authentic and especially being yourself. That was the core message of the night, IMHO.

    2 · February 20, 2014

  • Henry O.

    Great event - good to meet new friends and see old ones for stimulating conversation!

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Sean

    Unfortunately, I'm gonna have to pass on this one. I just got back from a conference and tomorrow is shaping up to be a busy day back at the office.

    February 19, 2014

    • Matt D. S.

      If you change your mind, we'll have pizza and beer! ;)

      February 20, 2014

  • David S.

    Unfortunately I can't make it. Is this talk getting filmed?

    February 20, 2014

    • Matt D. S.

      booooo! We are planning on filming it. That film will then sit on my hard drive for awhile until the proper website is finished, which will also take a little while. ;)

      2 · February 20, 2014

  • Mark W.

    Coincidentally, HubSpot just sent me an Excel template for planning your blog posts. If you want a copy, just email me - [masked]

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This week... What!

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Glenn S.

    I'm EXCITED about this one. I was just sketching out some notes for an article about why every developer should write more, and I'm excited to here what John has to say on the subject.

    1 · January 21, 2014

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