I am a mechanical engineering PhD student doing computational research. I recently had an assistantship which consisted of helping the university IT office install engineering software on our Linux computing cluster, and also writing technical how-to articles for it, and assisting users with problems.
The assistantship ended in the spring, but I actually enjoyed that kind of work so I am considering pursuing it on the side as an "extra" for my CV. Specifically, I am thinking of writing Linux how-to articles for a Linux help website (not specifically high-performance computing).
This would be much less of a time-commitment than the assistantship was, but I'm still wondering if it would be worth-while, relevant experience for my career, since it is more of an IT field than engineering.
From what I have read online, I understand that blogging is relevant experience for a CV, but I'm not sure if writing how-to articles in a semi-related technical field would be viewed as favorably.
What do you all think? Would writing how-to articles for a Linux help website be relevant experience to put on a CV for a career in engineering academia or computational research?