If you are in graduate school to be the “best kept secret in academia,” you are making a fatal mistake. As with any other job market, getting the proverbial foot in the door for a job talk at a university is a critical first step. As a graduate student it can be incredibly difficult to navigate the sea of senior faculty, their research agendas, and how that fits into your career goals. Having a blog provides you an independent beacon upon which you can broadcast your own ideas.Another reason I can add to the list is related to #4 - extending your network. It's very gratifying to go to a meeting or conference and meet someone who regularly reads your blog. In a way they already know who you are, and you immediately have a starting point to launch a conversation. Check out the full list at Drew's blog, Zero Intelligence Agents, at the link below.
Ten Reasons Why Grad Students Should Blog