Do you have a good article to share? I love guest postings on my blog. It’s always a win-win-win for everybody. Pitch me your concept today!
Guest postings are good for the site, good for the readers, and good for you. My readers have a voracious appetite for more information and perspectives. Guest posting can be an outlet for your thoughts and promotion for you. Read about how to become a guest author on my site below, then contact me.
Write the article you wish you found when you googled something.
— Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) October 30, 2017
# Possible Topics
I prefer if the reason you are writing is because you have something you very much want to share. You have a deep knowledge on this topic. You are excited about it. You’re ready to tell people about it.
If that’s all true, then exactly what you write about can be within a wide range of topics. Essentially “anything web”. This site is mostly about front-end web design and development (it is certainly broader than just CSS & JS), but I’m not opposed to anything as long as it’s related to the web at least somewhat.
Remember guest posts can be about just about anything web-related that you’re very interested in. I prefer that you’re knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, and ideally have production experience with whatever the topic is.
The audience is front-end web designers and developers of all skill levels. I welcome guest posts at any skill level. I can help set the expectations for the article early in the article itself.
- Beginner articles have the highest bar. Topical 101 articles are easy to find and have a tendency to be not-so-great. We’d rather not add to that, but instead, if we do a beginner article, make it extremely good.
- Advanced articles are great, so long as they are approachable by someone at the intermediate level trying to level up. That means a high level of clarity, step-by-step instructions, lots of reference material, working/annotated demos, that kind of thing.
# The Vibe
Friendly. Authoritative. Welcoming. We’re all in this together. Flexible (non-dogmatic about ideas). Thankful.
It goes a little something like:
- We start talking
- You pitch the concept
- We approve that
- You write an outline or something outline-like
- We approve that
- You write the article
- We edit it
- It gets posted
- Like any process, it’s malleable.
For #2 there, the pitch, that should be something like this:
- Potential Title
- Who is this for?
- What would someone be searching for on the internet and be glad they found this?
- A paragraph or two (or an outline) introducing the idea and plan.
Remember the things I want the most are strong reference material. You’re a developer, you know exactly what you want when you land on an article. Create that. Good code examples, live demos, and images illustrating concepts.