Two weeks in a row!

So there I was on Monday night, lying in bed listening to Up All Night as I normally do. Then all of a sudden they began talking about me.

Once again it was the Pods and Blogs segment, and once again it was in the Britblog Roundup slot. The very same slot where I farted through my mouth precisely seven days earlier.

I was surprised by the attention that was attracted by my post about whether or not I should put my blogs on my CV. It was really intended as a warm-up post to the long list of skills that I have acquired as a blogger which was posted the following day. Compared to the “warm-up” post, the list bombed.

It just goes to show once again that I am terrible at working out which of my posts are better than others.

I have to admit, it was quite a strange experience lying in bed listening to Rhod Sharp mulling over my career prospects!

One thing though. I didn’t say that I was worried about my Facebook and MySpace accounts. My Facebook and MySpace accounts are impeccable (I hope)!

I don’t know if Matt Wardman will be providing the audio this week, but it is still available on the podcast — the relevant bit is around 27 minutes in.

Update: Matt Wardman has uploaded the audio here.


  1. Honestly, the discussion on whether you should put blogs on your CV is far more interesting than a list of skills which you have gained from blogging. I’m sure that the latter is more important to you, but it’s really not significantly different than listing “skills” that one thinks they think they gain from any exercise. It’s predictable, and it’s not really applicable outside of yourself as a person.

    The original post is an interesting topic which will spur discussion, even branching into other topics (whether our “virtual hobbies” become regarded as real hobbies at some point, for example). Regardless of which one of the posts was better upon the merits of its content, the subject matter is the element here.

  2. The idea of including blogs on the CV was the thing that interested me most, as you might have guessed, because, as Calum says, it touches on all kinds of things. I’m fascinated on the implications for privacy in the new Internet age. But at the same time, the ‘skills’ question is one that is applicable to just about any hobby you care to mention. Part of the interview game is taking something that doesn’t necessarily help you to do a job and selling it in a way that does. Blogging, on the other hand, has a negative stereotype associated with it, and I’d have thought the question would be do you think you can beat the stereotype better by being upfront about it?

  3. Ken, that wasn’t really what I was going for with my post. I actually make the point in my post that a Facebook or a MySpace would be something that you should not put on your CV because of the negative stereotypes.

    The point I was making was nothing to do with hobbies or how you can spin something bad so that it looks good on your CV. My point was that blogging is a good thing that sets you apart from others.

    My point was not to say, “battle the negative stereotypes by being upfront about it.” My point was to say that the negative stereotypes are not justified because of X, Y and Z. Therefore it is worth putting on my CV for reasons X, Y and Z.