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Where Developers Blog

tessak22 profile image Tessa Kriesel Originally published at thedevelopermindset.com on ・3 min read

Where Developers Blog

I've received this question from both non-developers and developers a lot lately. In most cases the non-developers are seeking data around where and how to target their developer audience. Developers are looking for ways to expand their voice and become a thought leader within their pillar of the tech industry.

Communities Where Developers Blog

Dev.to

Dev.to is an amazing community that has given developers a chance to have a voice, even if they have a small social following. Since their inception, their community has grown greatly among the developer community and now have over 140k developers on their platform.

Developer Tip: Dev.to will bring your content more exposure and views than you may be able to obtain from other platforms or your own blog. Start a blog, and cross post to Dev.to, but keep the original content on your own blog too. When folks search for your name, your website is more likely to pop-up than Dev.to results since it's not focused on you specifically.

Non-Developer Tip: Consider opportunities your company or brand might have with Dev.to. Consider replacing some of your PPC spend to sponsor Dev.to instead.

Hashnode

I am actually not very familiar with Hashnode, however, before I wrote this post I wanted to ensure I wasn't missing anything. Hashnode has a very similar vibe and offering as Dev.to. If you start blogging here, I would love to hear feedback on how it goes.

Hackernoon

Similar to Dev.to as well, with over 1 million readers today.

Medium

Admittedly, developers don't all love Medium, but it is a blogging community and a lot of non-developer focused businesses spend time there.

Developer Tip: If you are trying to reach folks that are non-developers—career growth, thought leadership, level up your reputation, etc., then you should also cross-blog on Medium as well.

Blogging Platforms for Your Own Blog

Ghost

My new favorite blogging platform! It's very straightforward, but offers the complexity and features you want out of a blog. Email subscribers is crazy easy. When you create a new blog post, you can automatically send that blog post, in a clean email, right to your subscribers. I don't know about you, but I hate curating a newsletter and I never end up actually doing it.

Ghost is also open source, but I use the Pro version, which is hosted by Ghost directly. By the time I am ready to blog, the last thing I want to do is deal with my tech stack.

WordPress

WordPress is by far the most featured & expandable platforms for blogging. I tend to want to over complicate things, just because I can, technically, and WordPress is a great platform for that. They offer both an open source, you host option as well as a hosted option at WordPress.com. Personal recommendation is to go open source and host it yourself.

Hashnode

Again, they're new to me, but it looks like what you blog on Hashnode will also publish to your own yourname.hashnode.dev url. This could be helpful if you didn't want to maintain your own blog platform & tech stack.

Quick List of Other Places Developers Engage

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Ido Shamun

You should check out daily.dev as well. We're a community of +50K developers and growing fast. We're collaborating with Hashnode and other platforms you mentioned.
Let me know what you think 🙌

Disclaimer: I'm one of the founders.

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Tessa Kriesel Author

Yesss! I just stumbled upon your community yesterday and will definitely be diving in and will add to my blog post!

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Tessa Kriesel Author

Reporting back. Daily.dev is AWESOME! I love the Chrome extension concept. Great work here. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!

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Ido Shamun

Wow! This is so awesome hearing it from you!
We're also an open-source project github.com/dailydotdev/daily
I'll definitely reach you out. Thank you so much! 🙏

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Tessa Kriesel Author

Of course! It’s very handy. I have a bazillion things I do in any given day so the quick reminder to see what’s happening in a space that matters deeply to me is awesome. 🙌

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Michael Tharrington

Super helpful article! Thank you for sharing. 😀

DZone is another site where developers blog. While they cover lots of different DEV topics, I think their main following is Java devs.

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Tessa Kriesel Author

Oh nice! Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out and get it added!

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Lukasz Gornicki

Hey, don't forget to add Hacker News to the list -> news.ycombinator.com

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Tessa Kriesel Author

I thought about that, but they don't engage there, just read. I've been struggling with this one, in terms of the others being communities and ways they can engage, do you think it should be on the list?

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Lukasz Gornicki

They definitely do engage there. Some recent tech-related examples:

I once, with such a simple post news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22728257, generated large traffic to our repo and we got over 400 GitHub start is just a few days.

This channel is strange, and I'm still not 100% sure how it works. Is it just luck to get noticed or a matter of publishing hours? Still a channel that every community builder should explore, even though it is full of trolls (and trolls are everywhere anyway, Reddit too)

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Tessa Kriesel Author

I suppose there IS engagement once you land on the news item. Okay, you convinced me. This is getting added!

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Mac

Time for a follow up post? "Where Community Builders Blog" 😉

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Tessa Kriesel Author

That's a great topic idea!