Everyone and their grandma seems to have a portfolio site and a blog. Is it that important to market yourself as a developer? I mean I understand if you are a new developer. But is it necessary for an experienced developer to have a blog or a social media presence? Isn't it better to have anonymity on the internet? Isn't it a waste of time for one to maintain a blog and social media presence?

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    One of the reasons I see to have a portfolio is to have it as a handy reference for when you’re applying for a new job, regardless of your experience. At he same time I see blogging beneficial as a means for self-improvement through writing a concept out loud, so to say.

    That being said, I have neither.
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    Don't believe everything that you're reading on blogs our there. People like to lie to seem better than they actually are.
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    @Jilano Completely agree. These days, every blog post seems to be written by kids that barely written anything worthwhile. Yet, they sell themselves as an "expert" in the field. Same with YouTube channels. Everyone is selling something. Blog and YouTube channels seem to me like glorified ads and nothing else.
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    As a company why should I choose you, over the guy who has exactly a pleasant to look at portfolio with projects that exactly solves my problems?
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    @F1973 same for me, the only ”social media” site where I am active under my own name is linked in, and active is probably an overstatement asI only responds to contact requests or job offers, never write any public posts.

    Apart from that I have stack overflow and my 6000+ rep and github to showcase what I know and how I communicate and approach a problem.

    I tried with a blog but ran out of steam trying to keep it updated.
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    honestly, If I ever want to start blogging, I'm gonna build my own blog It's to gain more experience and use the *entire* thing as a reference!

    I don't really care about blogging, I mostly like making shit for the sake of making shit

    (technically I did make a blog already, but I'm too lazy to add in a CMS system for now and doing it with HTML everytime is only worth it if I have something important to say... which means I have exactly 1 post so far...)
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    @F1973 sorry, reputation on SO
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    I'm probably the odd one out here - I don't have a portfolio site, never have. I see it as a waste of time, personally.

    I've never once felt like I've struggled to get a job as a result. Maybe for juniors with little experience, I can see it. But it's never been a factor in anyone I've interviewed, and it's never been a factor for any time I was being interviewed either. Interviewers simply don't have the time or desire to give that sort of thing any more than a cursory glance, if at all. Half the time you can't trust what's on it anyway.

    Note I'm old school though, and firmly in backend. If you're in frontend then that may be a different story.
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    @AlmondSauce not quite :)

    While I do have github its not primarily as portfolio, the same with SO, I just added them as references when I set up linked in.

    And since I have only switched jobs once I would also not really bother with maintaining a site for that purpose.

    If you work as a freelancer consultant or switch jobs regularly I believe it can be much more beneficial :)

    If you have stayed a long time in one place that by it self can be much more selling since that indicates you have held your own there :) and also will be prepared to work longtime which can be a big selling point.
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    My view on portfolios is they're a recent trend and one I hope dies. My portfolio is a resume, the vast majority of the paid work I've done can't be shared on a source level, or at all in the case of services.

    Overall, it just feels like giving someone the chance to prejudge me on aesthetics, rather than content.

    Tldr; Judge me not by the color of my stylesheet, but by the content of my code.
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    I have a website under my RL name about a considerable side project. In case of a job application, I would use that as reference for showing code and answering questions without being limited by confidentiality. There's no blog, however, only a news section.
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    I don’t have a huge github of personal projects. I have more fun solving leetcode problems bc they’re way more rewarding than writing a cooking app in react and mongo db. But companies want the hot frameworks which to me are just other ways of doing the same boring things I’ve done so many times, but less typing
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    Yes, I agree. But, they can get an idea about your work from your cv and from the interview process anyway.
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    Well, if being a company, you interview me and I can show you previous quality work during the interview process, then what does it matter if I have a portfolio site or not. Anyone can put up a site and put some skills up there, but that doesn't mean they are expert any all of them.
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    @F1973 I can relate to your dilemma. It took me some time to erase my online footprints and re-brand myself online. I also put up professional and personal projects on my site. List of skills and tech I am proficient in and a custom-built blog just for the sake of keeping one.
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    yes, I am in back-end as well. And I don't see my site serving many purposes. Whatever purpose my site is serving, the same purpose is served well with the LinkedIn profile. I guess I have a site and a blog just because I can. But if I am interviewing someone, I probably wouldn't take their site that seriously either. I'll pay more attention to the interview process to judge their ability.
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    I deleted my old social media accounts. Re-created my online presence with my actual name. Created my site and blog and registered domain with my own name. Took care of any loopholes I had that could lead to my old accounts. Also, changed the privacy settings on my facebook and other non work-related social media accounts to not appear as my name.
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    @F1973 nope. That's just an alias I use sometimes.
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    @F1973 Well, I use my real name where for work related content. And I use other aliases and email addresses for other social media accounts lke DevRant. Because I know my potential employer or client's gonna look me up using my real name and not my alias. It's kinda hard to remove your footprints completely when you have been a netizen for over 15 years. So, I have recently started using my real name.
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    @F1973 Yes, so I found that it's better to start re-branding yourself and use a consistent identity over all the platforms and use aliases for personal or non-work related issues. So, more relevant content shows up when a potential employer is looking you up.
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    @F1973 Yes, I had made the same mistake earlier also. Also, it is better not to reference other dentity on the main one. Otherwise it defeats the whole purpose.
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