Hey Ryan, that's a perfect description of The Practical Dev, and of reasons to blog about tech. Your post really inspired me.
Personally, I have my own blog because I like to have a canonical place for my content. That's not a problem, though, because one of the amazing features of dev.to is publishing from RSS. This way, I can manage my content but also share it with the community. That's yet another reason to love dev.to: they do not have the walled garden mentality of other platforms.
Anyway, I have to say this community is amazing and your post was a nice tribute to it. Thank you for it :)
This truly an amazing place for developers. I still have my own blog because I want to own my content, but it’s markdown as well so no big deal. The community is diverse and just awesome. Whenever I post something on reddit, there is so much hate amongst some useful comments. In contrast to that, dev.to is like talking to friends, colleagues or family.
I started off on Medium as well and I still post there, but I cross post everything here (there's a tool that imports everything automatically through the RSS feed from Medium).
I find that the dev.to posts get way more views than my Medium ones (usually about 10 times as much)!
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Woohoo! Great to have you Ryan
Nice article, Ryan, thanks for sharing!
I agree with your points, what brought me to blog on dev.to is the developer friendliness -it's really easy to work with markdown, especially for technical articles, as you point out-, and the community -one of the most friendly I've ever seen.
I also like that the site is very intuitive and easy to use, it has most of the features you'd want in a blogging platform, but it's not bloated with features that are hard to understand, have a high noise-to-value ratio, or condition the user behaviour too much (I especially dislike the kind of gamification that you can see in Stack Exchange, for instance, where the user behaviour is highly conditioned by earning reputation and badges, I hope to never see such things here).
Well written Ryan. You've raised a couple of good points(community, user experience, career notice) and it makes sense to focus on a blog that allows sharing with the right audience.
Medium has been particularly difficult at times especially when it comes to displaying things like code snippets in a way that's readable. I've ended up creating GitHub gists and linking to them, which takes extra time bouncing back and forth. Also submitting articles for publications can take a while before they see the light of day.
I'll be considering the switch a bit more in the coming months.
I know I'm offtopic but since I got the URL every day I can, I read here. I have really wanted to publish something but I am overwhelmed by the advanced level of the articles and I do not want to make a fool of myself. (Who would want?), I have asked a couple of questions and I have received my lesson. Thank you very much Dev.to !!!
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Of course! Start on some more beginner level topics and keep pushing yourself to look into the more advanced discussions!
I'm still waiting for a few more features before moving my posts here, to be on Medium pair at least, more exactly: pre publish comment reviews, highlights, gists/external code integration, sort search results by popularity and a few other goodies.
Nevertheless, dev.to profile is on my resume/CV :))
Thanks for writing this. I actually still keep my personal blog up. However, most of my writing starts on this platform and also appears there. I also keep up a medium blog as well. However, I find this platform far easier to write for.
Thanks for your article Ryan! I'm going through Flatiron's full stack course too and had created a separate blog (wordpress) about my coding stuff. Over the past couple weeks I starting wondering if I should just move it Dev.to, instead, because of the awesome community and potential to reach more people. I think your post has convinced me :)
Thank You! 🙏
Passionate and compassionate, perfect adjectives! This is just what I'm expecting from a community :)
You nailed it Ryan, nice post!
I agree the dev.to community is awesome but honestly having your own domain/hosted blog (free on GitHub pages) is good if you want to blog.
I like the low barrier to entry Medium and dev.to give ♥️.
Is there a tool to move from medium to dev.to?
I found a Way:
The hurdle in blogging is nothing but inconsistency. Once a blogger goes inconsistence, no matter what's the platform, the blog is ruined.
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