Starting a tech blog has changed in the last few years. 10 years back starting a blog without your website, you had 2 options Blogger or Wordpress. Both gave you a free sub-domain. Things did not change much for quite some time, but in 2012 medium came with a storm. It gained a lot of traction with its simplistic interface in 2014-2015. With the publication feature, Medium makes it very easy for a group of writers to collaborate. These days I would suggest most people start their blog on it.
Writing is tough, learning is essential
Writing is never easy for most people. If you don’t try it you never know if it is something you like or not.
“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ― Thomas Mann
Writing is another form of expressing yourself. As people working in the tech domain, we need this skill of expressing ourselves well. Similarly, reading and learning about new things is also very important in our field. Learning is essential to survive in tech and move forward. Open source software there are a lot of consumers compared to producers. Likewise, there are a lot of readers for tech content but relatively much fewer writers.
Tech Medium publications accepting writers
Below are the tech publications on Medium I would suggest all software engineers to follow to sharpen their skills:
FreeCodeCamp - 511K followers
FreeCodeCamp is the place to go for learning how to code for free. It has a very popular and frequently updated publication on Medium. The content published on FreeCodeCamp blog is excellent. There are 17 editors and more than a 1K+ writers on this publication. You will need to read this elaborate blog post to know how to submit your story there. Writing for them is not easy, they also do light editing of your stories. Even if your story gets accepted it could have a wait time of 1-2 weeks to be published (my first story for them is still in the pipeline). All in all you must try to get your stories published there because of the sheer number of subscribers. It is #2 on toppub.xyz.
HackerNoon - 403kK followers
HackerNoon is also another extremely popular publication. It is on Medium right now but it may not be there for long. They are going public with crowd sourcing. From the content point of view, there is a sizable amount of content for software engineers. It also has lots of stories on cryptocurrencies. With 7 editors and 7K+ writers (includes me), this is a huge publication too. To write for them you need to send your draft to Stories@AMiPublications.com. The wait time for each story is 1 week or more (I have already published 5 stories). It also has a writer’s group on Facebook. You can include yourself as a “Contributing Writer” on LinkedIn too.
CodeBurst.io - 62K followers
ITNEXT.io - 9.6K followers
Bits and Pieces - 8.5K followers
Bits and Pieces look like a pretty active tech medium publication. It has content covering topics like NodeJs, PHP and mobile development. With a motto of “Coding In The Age Of Code Components”. It somewhat lives up to it. It has detailed “Write a post” page which includes lots of examples. With 5 editors and more than 65 writers, it is an expanding publication. I think the barrier to entry should not be that high. The waiting time for a story to be published should be less as well.
Popular Niche Ones
I would like to mention some popular niche publications. First one is DailyJs with 89K followers have a “Submit Your Story” page. UX Collective with 228K follower is also calling for stories. Last but not least, UX Planet having 173K followers also wants you to write for them.
Though dev.to is not a Medium publication but it surely deserves a place here.
Currently the 11,357th website in the world, it has no editorial process.
This makes it one of the most accessible website to write for that without doubts has a big audience. I got 2250+ followers on Dev.to in less than 2 months having just 20 posts.
If you don’t accentuate your skills and knowledge people are not going to know about them automatically. Start a blog and write posts for such popular platforms. It will give you that needed exposure. Start blogging!