Originally published at Perl Weekly 593
I registered to DEV.to in 2017, more than 5 years ago. Posted a few articles with rather limited success: less than 10 people looked at the articles. Then in 2020 I posted a few more articles. On one of them Tests are awesome! I got as many as 300 readers, but the others have not received much love so I did not continue publishing. In 2021 I had another experiment when I published Perl modules with their own web site on which there were some 600 visitors. Primarily the readers of the Perl Weekly newsletter. I published a few more articles with readers in the low 10s. A few weeks ago I started to publish again. This time several of my articles got above 100 viewers and one, Open Source Development Courses is already above 1100 viewers. I started to get around 600 readers a day. That's already really valuable!
So what happened? There were a couple of changes: 1. There are more people on DEV. 2. I publish a lot more articles that appeal to a wider range of people. 3. There is a sort-of network effect. The more people up-vote and bookmark (the two kinds of reactions on DEV) my articles the more people will see it.
The nice thing about DEV is that I can republish the articles I published elsewhere (e.g. on PerlMaven, on Code-Maven, or blogs.perl.org), and also I can set the canonical URL of each article on DEV to the original one on my blog. That way I get the visitors on DEV as well, but the 'Google juice' the articles receive will flow over to my sites. It seems like a win-win for DEV and authors who have blogs elsewhere. You can even configure DEV to pull your RSS feed and create drafts from your articles published elsewhere. I even started to republish the content of the Perl Weekly.
So here is what I suggest. If you already write about Perl elsewhere, republish those articles on DEV and tag them with perl. If you are primarily a reader of articles, then register on DEV and start up-voting the Perl-related posts you like. You can even follow a few authors there, get notified when they have new posts, and up-vote those to encourage them to write even more.
Alternatively, you can watch the Perl Planetarium. It already follows the perl tag on DEV.
Enjoy your week!
Your editor: Gabor Szabo.
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