Seth Godin is looking for a chief engineer and is offerig a $5,000.00 Bounty (aka referral bonus) to anyone who find them for him to be paid 6 months after hire. This is interesting because again it shows the usage of blogs for recruitment.
Writing a professional based blog, not a corporate blog, develops a network of contact like any other form of professional activity, this is not a new idea it has been happening in the IT industry for a while now. The questions are:
Has it extended beyond this industry?
Have non technical industries understood the value of professional blogs and are they using them?
The growth in social networking services like LinkedIn does indicate that we are seeing a growth in online networking, but is it translating to blogs, I hope so. Blogs offer a unique method of personal publishing that allows opinion/thoughts to be presented in a public forum where feedback can be provided through a network of readers. Through the use of trackbacks and pings (regardless that some feel they have out grown there usefulness due to spam) provide a citation framework for professional recognition.