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Danielle M. Villegas

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has most recently worked at the International Rescue Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, and BASF North America, with a background in content strategy, web content management, UX/UI strategy, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is currently the Vice-President of the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, as well as co-conference chair for the STC-PMC’s CONDUIT conference. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn, on Twitter, or through her blog.
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4 Lessons Learned (About Learning) From Blogging

Posted by Danielle M. Villegas on Feb 10, 2017 1:10:00 PM

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Blogging as a Learning ToolMy knowledge of blogging was initially acquired as a graduate student for a social media course. Dr. Andrew Klobucar, who was the professor at NJIT for my social media course, stressed that social media as a whole—which included blogs—had the role of creating community. Communities usually formed under the categories of self-promotion, net-citizenry, common interests, or as an outlet for employers or workers in the marketplace.  

Our assignment involved choosing one of these categories, then creating and/or curating content to support a particular community through a blog. The blog that I started in graduate school, TechCommGeekMom, is still going strong five years after it was started, and is still considered one of the top blogging voices in the technical communication and e-learning fields.

I discovered that blogging was a self-learning tool.  I learned to improve through trial and error, which made me a stronger blogger in time. There were several important lessons that I learned on my own that have enhanced my abilities that could be brought to the workplace.

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