Many developers have thought about starting a blog at some point in their career but few of them actually get round to doing it. Often it’s because of concerns like “What on earth could I say about this? I’m not the best on this topic,” or “I won’t be able to deal with the haters’ comments,” or even “I’m a coder, not a writer. I don’t know how to write a publication.”
However, starting a blog could bring many advantages. When you write on the Internet you become more visible than a regular developer. Who are you hoping will read your post? Future colleagues? A recruiter from that awesome company you’d like to work at? The committee responsible for choosing the speakers of a conference you’d like to talk at? All these people will be interested in both your technical skills and your editorial skills.
Also, what better way is there to learn than by explaining to other people? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing when you write a technical post on your blog.
So now we’ve convinced you that starting a blog is what you want to do, how should you go about it?
HASHNODE is an awesome platform, where a lot of people write amazing stuff. You’ll have nothing to configure, meaning you can start straight away.
Hashnode is the easiest way to start a developer blog on your personal domain 🌏 for free and connect with the readers through our global dev community! 👩💻👨💻
A blogging platform built for developers by developers. Blog on personal domain, share ideas, and connect with the global dev community!
How to use Hashnode
- Go to hashnode.com
- Click on get started
- Sign up using your email,:( I prefer signing in-out with google
- Fill in the necessary information and click next
- Follow your favourite technologies
- Click on get started
- Enter your personal blog name
- Click on "Write an Article"
- Write your GREAT content
- Click on Publish and your blog is live.
Share your content
Social media is key to making your blog a well-read platform. The more platforms the merrier? Not necessarily. Choose wisely: Some are irrelevant because developers don’t go there to read tech stuff. So don’t waste time juggling 36 social-media accounts. More than anything else, you’ll need this time to write great posts and work on your awesome side projects!
Sharing is caring, so share your posts often. No one likes to talk to themselves. To avoid disappointment with the reaction to your blog at the start, which may lead you to think about closing it after 2 weeks, share your posts with your family, friends, and acquaintances. There’s no easier way to do that than with social media.
The key social-media platforms have their own uses. On Twitter, for example, since the posts scroll rapidly out of sight, you can share the same links to your blog multiple times a day. It is always possible that one of your followers spends their whole day on Twitter and will see the same link several times, so try to use different descriptions with them. You can also retweet people who have retweeted and commented on your posts, which will make them appear in your feed. This is a way to maintain a steady flow of readers. Keep in mind that even if the post already appeared on social media 2 months previously, not all your followers who might be interested in it will have seen it, so repost it.
Use your network
We developers have a big asset that we can use to our benefit: Programming is a niche market with highly engaged members. Websites such as Hacker News, Dev.to, Medium, and tech subreddits are places packed with developers hungry for great technical posts to read, so feed them yours and use those websites to get known.
On Hacker News and subreddits, you can send your links with a description. On Medium and Dev.to you have to write a post: Just copy and paste your blog posts (with canonical links to your original post) to create interest and draw developers from these platforms to your own blog. You can also make guest posts on Medium or Dev.to publications that already have lots of readers, such as HackerNoon. You’ll find a lot more places like this on the Internet. Using them is important.
Engage with your community
At this point, you already share your posts everywhere, but it’s not enough! Ask questions, answer comments, talk about your work, your daily life, make videos if you feel comfortable doing so. Your readers are developers, so they are human beings too. People need to be able to relate to you to build a sense of community. An engaged reader will help greatly by sharing your posts on social media, commenting, giving you feedback… Value those readers by taking the time to thank them! If you get some negative feedback or the content is not interesting enough for your readers, just try something else.
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