The process of becoming really good at software development entails constant learning of technologies at a deeper level. Not just how to use the tools, but also where and when to do that, why certain technology is built the way it is (design decisions), and what concepts it’s built around.
Here, at inDepth, we strongly believe that writing technical articles is one of the most effective ways to learn a topic. While writing an article that is comprehensive and in-depth you go through activities of discovery and research that add structure and missing bits to a knowledge map in your head.
Besides, it’s also rewarding in many other ways. Diving deep and writing about your findings can increase your visibility within the community and have a tremendous effect on your professional career. Thousands of your peers (and potential employers, clients, or publishers) will read your work. What you’ve learned will help hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe get new knowledge and become better engineers. You’ll also learn a lot in the process—about communicating your ideas, writing, and promoting your work through social media.
As you can see, investing your time and effort into acquiring valuable knowledge and sharing it with peers is the most rewarding path to professional growth. So we encourage you to join our writers’ community and write an article or submit one if you already have one.
We’ll be honest, though: writing for inDepth isn’t easy and takes work. Our goal is to build a place for developers to find scarce insights that can help solve challenging technical problems and grow as an engineer. Your articles should teach our readers something that is non-trivial and can be applied in their daily work. We want your article to be at its best, and we’ll push you to get there.
But why join and publish with us?
There’s a number of publications on the web you can pick to publish your work. There’s Medium, DEVto, and many others. Or you can have your own blog. So why inDepth? Here are some good reasons for that.
1. Writers community
Writing is hard. Producing good articles that people are willing to spend time reading and sharing is twice as hard. Yet we want to make the experience of writing somewhat fun and easier for everyone. Overtime at inDepth we’ve built a community of writers willing and ready to help you on your writing journey. If you’re struggling with a particular topic while writing an article or doing research, post a question and they will try to help you. If you’re not sure how to structure your article or what to include or leave out, you’ll get guidance and feedback from this community of fellow writers.
2. Highly technical audience
Our readers are mostly senior engineers and technical leaders with years of experience building front-end applications. They have a good understanding of the web platform and a solid grasp of major frameworks. This is the ideal audience for your next in-depth article that requires a solid technical background. Usually, those folks come to inDepth either for solutions to a challenging problem or to deepen their knowledge of a particular topic. They are the best audience to appreciate the crazy amount of time you spent putting together that long-read of yours.
3. Extended analytics
Unless you’re running your own blog with Google Analytics enabled, you don’t have much data about how your blog post performs. Publications usually only show you the number of views and sometimes reads without explaining how it’s calculated. At inDepth we’re giving you much more than that. You not only get the number of views, but also the sources they come from. Besides that, we can provide you with the number of unique visitors that landed on your blog post, the number of social media interactions, and geographic readership data.
4. Dedicated designer
Social media is a powerful mechanism to attract visitors to your blog post. However it’s a crowded space, and using images is a great way to grab attention. A social media post accompanied by an image is about ten times more likely to get engagement. To increase the likelihood of engagement, you have to share images that are of interest to your target audience. Abstract images from Unsplash aren’t that effective. To create maximum incentive to click you need to have a logo of the technology you’re writing about blended in the image. That’s where our in-house designer comes in handy. You don’t need to spend time to search for an image or mix it with the technology. We’ll do it for you.
5. Search engines trust
inDepth started as a publication over 3 years ago. Over that period we’ve earned good credibility in the eyes of Google’s search engine. Although our domain authority is still behind bigger publications like Medium or DEV, it’s more significant than elsewhere. Domain authority has a significant impact on search engine rankings. Today a blog post published on inDepth is usually indexed within the following 24 hours and bears credibility enough to be ranked at the top of the first page of search results.
How to submit
You can fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly. If you have already written your article, simply submit the draft and we will evaluate it. We prefer submissions as Google documents so that editors can easily provide feedback and guidance directly within your draft.
If you have not already written your first draft, create a one-paragraph abstract describing your idea, and include a brief outline that highlights the points you plan to cover. The outline and abstract need not be formal, but they should convey enough information that we can evaluate your idea.
Upon acceptance of your proposal, we’ll add you to our internal Slack community where our community will perform a deeper review of your piece and provide you with iterative feedback to prepare it for publishing.