Alan Johnson lays down some hard truths about non-productivity, in a guest post at Daily Blog Tips. The fact is that some people haven’t found their calling and thus won’t find much productivity in their current work. That also applies to blogging, especially if you’re not working in your dream niche. (Though I should point out that in my experience, freelancers tend to be generalists and thus enjoy NOT focusing on a niche.)
This post triggered a thought I’d had recently, that many new bloggers seem to be relatively fresh out of college and some have never held a job offline post-college. Call me a pessimist, but I think it’s a bad idea not to work offline for at least a while before trying to become a full-time blogger. At least unless you’re absolutely certain you have a gift for entertaining through writing, and/or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, in case blogging doesn’t work out for you.
In a related vein, Daniel Scocco wrote at Daily Blog Tips recently, asking do you really need to go to university if you want to work on the Internet or be an entrepreneur? He listed later in the comments several successful, mostly American entrepreneurs who did not get a college degree. But some of these people came from money and others simply had entrepreneurial minds before entering college. Most at least attended college.
I know Daniel via online communication, and I know him to be very intelligent. Maybe he was that way before he entered university, maybe not. For me, going to university taught me very little that I didn’t already know, and having a degree has been a liability for me during past recessions, before the Internet offered career opportunities. It was hard being told, “You’re overqualified, and you’ll probably run when the recession is over, so I can’t give you a job.”
Nevertheless, despite the fact that I was brought up to be a critical thinker, and despite the fact that I’ve always known what I wanted to do careerwise (all of which I’ve done except one), if I had to do it all over again, I would still go to university/ college. However, most people go to college to “find themselves,” to determine what they’ll do with their lives. The question is, if you believe many top bloggers who say that most bloggers will not succeed (and I believe that), then what can you do and what skills will you need?
This is simply my belief, but I’m inclined to think that most of the online career opportunities will fall into a variety of non-blogging categories, some of which might be technical, all of which will require intelligence or the ability to acquire it. Which might or might not require a college degree. I’m still of the belief that having a degree will serve you well long-term, provided you study a subject that you’re interested in.
What do you think? Should aspiring web workers get college degrees? Should they work offline before going full-time online? Feel free to answer our poll question about how much work and education experience you have.