Blog articles come in many types. Depending on your expertise, blogging is probably easier than you think — you just need to find what kind you’re best at composing. Below is a list of different types of blog articles that might generate some blog ideas for your next article:

How To Guides

I’ve always been a fan of “how to” guides. They are straight-forward, informative and hugely popular if SEO and social engagement is important to you as much as they are to me. Not many folks enjoy reading instruction manuals, right? But sometimes the best guides to learning a new skill or…


Like I mentioned in my Cisco Connect Raleigh blog, for many years I have been curious about Cisco Connect events. I wondered if they were opportune learning experiences like a mini Cisco Live? Or more like an expanded regional Cisco User meetup where you can network with other Cisco technology enthusiasts? To my delight, I was correct on both fronts.

During March I finally get a chance to attend … three of them in fact! And if you’re attending the Cisco Connect events in Raleigh, Charlotte or Virginia Beach, let’s connect!

For one-day events, the agendas are packed with Cisco…


In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Cisco announced the extension of expiration dates for all active certifications. The six-month extension begins March 16 and includes all Cisco and DevNet specialist, associate, professional, and expert certifications in addition to CCT and CCAr certs.

The extra 180 days extends the certification active status and allows additional time for certification holders to re-certify. Expiring certification dates will automatically be extended with no action required on the part of certification holders.

By April 2020, certification holders will be able to validate their new certification expiration date by visiting the Cisco Certification summary site.


Since the organizers of Cisco Live debuted the new event logo back in September of last year, there’s been growing anticipation for what’s in store for this year’s event in Las Vegas. Here’s hoping the new look of the logo makes its way to the huge 3D logo sculpture that had been red and yellow for many years. My social banners need a new look!

Then came the adoption of #CiscoLive as the event’s new official hashtag, replacing the useful and concise #clus hashtag. I think we all can agree that while Cisco Live might be held in the US…


For many years I have been curious about Cisco Connect events. Are they opportune learning experiences like a mini Cisco Live? Or more like an expanded regional Cisco User meetup where you can network with other Cisco technology enthusiasts? Apparently, both are true and I can’t wait.

During March I’ll finally get a chance to attend … three of them in fact! And if you’re attending the Cisco Connect events in Raleigh, Charlotte or Virginia Beach, let’s connect!

For one-day events, the agendas look pretty packed so try to make a point to go, especially if you’re like most Cisco…


DevOpsDays Raleigh continues to attract some of the DevOps community’s top experts to the Triangle’s version of the worldwide conferences. Their mission? To bring developers, those involved in operations and individuals working with emerging technology together to discuss DevOps best practices, culture and issues.

Since its inception in 2009 in Ghent, Belgium, DevOpsDays events have spread across the globe attracting folks from Amsterdam to Zurich. The fourth annual DevOpsDays Raleigh returns to Raleigh’s McKimmon Center October 1–2.

DevOpsDays Raleigh 2019 has quite the lineup of experts from across the globe to share their wisdom and experiences from the DevOps front…


The weeks before Cisco Live have always been an exciting and busy time. New booth designs. New product flyers. T-shirt, socks and phone charger giveaway discussions. So exciting.

Once I got the chance to actually attend Cisco Live, it all made sense to me. After a few years off, I’m going again and I’m thrilled. San Diego is a great host city. Cisco Live has always been awesome, but they’ve added so much. There’s a lot to experience whether you are a Cisco Live vet or newbie.

My tips: stay hydrated, take comfortable shoes, and pace yourself during evening activities…


My mother never enjoyed watching soap operas. She got all the cat fights, backstabbing, and juicy gossip she could stand from the office building she worked in for three decades.

I’m sure she found those actors on soap operas boring compared to the real-world, up-close-and-personal melodrama she had to endure at work. As much as she got a kick out of watching the chaos at times, one thing I know for sure: She was always sure to stay above it, out of it, and not in it. That’s how she kept a job she adored for three decades.

That wasn’t…


On January 27, 2014, when the United States Congress adopted S. Res. 337, a nonbinding resolution expressing support for the designation of a “National Data Privacy Day” to be observed on January 28, there wasn’t a lot of time to get the word out, even though the event had been around awhile.

But that’s the date on which I first became aware of Data Privacy Day, and in the years since the bill’s passage, I’ve been a champion of personal data privacy as well as data privacy at work.

The choice of January 28 was no fluke. On that date…


By John Mark Ivey

It doesn’t take pure imagination to realize that when it comes to your career, inspiration may come from the least likely of places. It also doesn’t seem possible that four decades ago “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” hit the silver screen. Growing up, it was one of the few movies I always made sure to watch whenever it was on TV. I’m sure I wasn’t alone.

The movie features a cast of wise, worldly folks, including good ol’ Grandpa Joe, Bill the candy store owner, and Charlie’s teacher Mr. Turkentine, although between Grandpa Joe’s general…

John Mark Ivey

Training evangelist, learning enthusiast. Award-winning journalist and graphic designer. Reluctant blogger and cancer survivor.

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