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Do most people use DEV to write their posts or do you post a blog elsewhere and syndicate to DEV?

robertbernstein profile image Robert Bernstein ・1 min read

I'm trying to understand how to best use the DEV platform.

Thanks!

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Diane

I publish on my own blog, and publish through canonical links (that forwards to my blog) on Dev.to.

Always own your platform.

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Glenn Stovall

I wish I could ❤ this more than once. Dev.to is vital, but its important to own your own platform.

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Robert Bernstein Author

Thank you! I hadn't thought of it in terms of how companies will manage or control your content. Not that I believe that DEV would do this, but your advice is sound.

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Diane

I've been seeing seemingly "good" platforms die or change towards the bad enough to distrust by default the platforms and vendor-locked services I use.

I helped debug Dev.to and am a moderator, now, and I appreciate the platform, but keeping on managing my own personal website allows me to do a bit more:

  • I have a fully customized website I manage by myself (including its content, structure, etc.)
  • I can cross-post / reference to pretty much anywhere, every cross-post being a mirror of my website, the source of truth question is simply answered: I (my website) am the only source of truth, and if any mirror contains a different version, it should assume that the mirror's version is invalid.

Besides, it looks cool on one's resume.

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Glenn Stovall

No one thought Medium.com or Freecodecamp.com would either and look how that turned out. Any platform could go under, be sold, or have a change of heart about how it treats the people that use it.

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Interesting read! Maybe I should reconsider keeping everything purely in dev.

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Diane

With the current landscape for static websites (a context in which a blog fits perfectly), I'd say to take a look and try out a few available solutions.

  • Static site generators: LOTS OF THEM, or even better, make your own! (did mine for my blog, fits in around 300 lines of node)
  • Hosting: Github pages, Gitlab pages, Netlify pages, Now.sh are four completely free options that perfectly fit the static landscape (the two last solutions provide some gadgets for a small fee, if you want to have a bit of "dynamic" stuff without the hassle of maintaining a back-end).
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Sean Charles

I have a (tiny) blog at seancharlesconsulting.co.uk which is created with Hakyll, a haskell static site generator.

I may create content here or their first and thenjust re-publish it instead of linking it.

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Jesse Phillips

I've only posted to dev. I had some posts I brought over from LiveJournal, and at one point considered posting back.

To create some more content of a different kind I did a project with the dev api. I'm likely going to put my articles in a git repo. And maybe I should do something with my personal site I haven't touched in a decade.

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I only use dev :) I'll be using the API to showcase my latest posts on my portfolio, but won't be rehosting them there - I'll just link to dev.

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Francisco Quintero 🇨🇴

I'm currently reposting some blog posts from my personal blog to DEV with canonical links :)

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Donny Wals

I post on my own blog first and then copy to dev.to with a canonical link to my own blog

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Ali Kamalizade

Currently, I cross-post but I am considering to move my content exclusively to dev.to

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Robert Bernstein Author

Thank you for sharing!

Rob