What Should I Write About?
[Good] Writing is Hard.
We get that.
1. Two Surefire Ways to Submit A Hacker Noon Top Story
- your personal experience (e.g. Being a Student Founder Ain’t Easy);
- your perspective on current events (e.g. The CEO of My Company, Genius, Must Be Black); or
- your technical expertise, written up to be made useful for many (e.g. How NOT To Fracture A Layer 1 Chain!).
BONUS TIP 01: Hacker Noon’s Editors love long-form, deep insights.
If you’re looking to create a top story and evergreen content that’ll be catching views on Hacker Noon long after our next pandemic/revolution, you might try taking the time to perform a practical deep-dive into a niche subject.
- processes involved in getting a job in tech today (50+ Data Structure and Algorithms Interview Questions for Programmers);
- meaty tech career development advice (6 Essential Tips on How to Become a Full Stack Developer); or
To write a Hacker Noon top story, write over 800 words about a personal experience in the tech world; your (well-researched) views on what’s happening in the world; or your technical knowledge.
To write a Hacker Noon top story that has staying power, write over 1,000 words about tech career development, or (do your SEO keyword research) and write up a quick dev tutorial post with broad appeal.
*This list of ways to get featured atop the homepage of hackernoon.com is by no means exhaustive.
As with all things, there are also:
- outliers (Laziness Chapter I: Meta-Programming);
- failures (How and Why My First Five Startups Failed);
- checklists and listicles ( Ultimate Startup Launch Checklist: 2020 Edition ); and
- interesting conversations to be had (Interview with Chatroulette Founder Andrey Ternovskiy).
Use your imagination!
2. Hey, Where Are You Right Now?
Not to humblebrag too hard or anything, but we got hackers in diff’rent area codes.
Not to mention our highly distributed team — check out our new about page to meet everybody.
From Africa (6 Lessons Learned Fundraising for Our Startup in Africa) to India (Identifying The Poor in India: A Data Driven Analysis) and Ukraine (Product is the King: How Ukrainian Engineers Are Creating Home Security Products) — localized content wins because people are always somewhere.
Hacker Noon people, in particular, are everywhere:
Research and write about what’s happening in tech right now, from the perspective of where you are located.
3. Take a Look at Hacker Noon’s Top Tag Pages
Let yourself get lost in (and inspired by) the words of writers who have written good words before you.
Find a future-facing story that intrigues you and write a response post from your personal perspective.
BONUS TIP 02: Make sure you’re in-the-know about which tags we’re featuring below-the-fold on the homepage of hackernoon.com that month. Aim to write something worthy of being featured in one or more of those tag categories.
4. If It Bleeds, It Leads
As in bleeding-edge technology, please.
It pays to read tech news.
Listen to podcasts.
Know what’s up.
Whether you want to:
- share your personal story in relation to a newsworthy topic (How I Lost Trust in Facebook);
- offer practical advice related to a rising global trend (Remote Work’s Hierarchy of Needs; Is Your Zoom Meeting Really End-to-End Encrypted?);
- offer your unique/technical/legal perspective on the headlines everybody’s talking about (President Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Would Restrict Legal Protections for Internet Speech);
- or build a concept app for something Elon Musk may or may not need in the near future (I Built a Neuralink App Concept After Elon Musk’s Latest Joe Rogan Podcast),
we’d be happy to publish it.
5. Republish Your Blog, Brand or Startup’s Content on Hacker Noon
Click through for four fun facts you need to know about republishing on Hacker Noon, if that’s the route you want to follow.
BONUS TIP 03: We’re reshuffling things over at community.hackernoon.com: stay tuned for news of Hacker Noon’ new Contributor’s Club for further writing prompts, writer resources, tech news round-ups, and more!
6. ““And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
— Sylvia Plath —
You can write a Pseudo-Mathematical Proof of All Things Being Skills You Can Get Better At and fill the post with Rick Rolls, if you want.
You can rant about why Larry Wall’s “Three Virtues of a Programmer” are Utter Bullshit, even.