How to Write a Technical Blog:
Blogs are a great way to provide technical and educational knowledge to a variety of audiences in an easy to follow format. Sharing information to the world requires that we first build a strong knowledge of that information so we can explain it to our audience.
Bit Project provides developers around the world a platform to conduct research and interviews, find partners/sponsors in the industry, and get access to quality educational material required to write professional technical blogs to share information with a global audience. Our marketing team helps publicise and track your content, and implement strategies to improve blog sharing in the future.
Step 1: Find the right topic, structure, and goal
- What is a topic you know about and want to increase your expertise in? Writing a blog is a lot easier when you have some basic prior knowledge or interest in a subject and want to expand your understanding on it.
- Are you writing a step-by-step tutorial on how to use a technology? We need to make sure your reader has all of the resources to follow the steps, is able to interpret the information, and can apply the knowledge from the blog after following it.
- Are you writing an in-depth study of a technology? We need to make sure that the reader can follow, interpret, and apply the knowledge from this blog.
Choose a Topic from the Airtable list below:
Check out some of the blogs ideas in our database below. You can choose a blog idea on the list with an empty status, or come up with your own! Choose something that you're interested in and want to develop content on. Check out the tags to see which articles are recommended for developers and marketing folks.
If you have any areas of interest in tech that aren't included in the list above, feel free to write about those instead.
Step 2: Identify your target audience
- Who is your target audience? Can you simplify the language enough to educate this audience?
- How versatile is this idea? How large of an audience can this idea reach?
- What strategies are you going to use to make sure your blog content is valuable to your audience?
- What content format and platforms are you going to use to reach your audience?
Step 3: Determine your learning and teaching process
Keep a beginning-middle-end process in mind
How you start your blog determines is a crucial moment for the success of your blog. Think about your motivation and why you think this idea is worth exploring, teaching, and learning. Think about the context of this idea, and how it fits into bigger technologies and applications. Why should your audience value this blog?
Here is where you will expand on your idea based on the goal, structure, and audience in mind. All blogs are a journey - start with an outline that is easy to follow and take the reader from point A to B ... to Z, in order.
Make formatting decisions that will best serve your blog's purpose. Is your audience here to follow a tutorial or read an article? Will integrating bullet points, tables, graphs, and illustrations within the blog help or distract from the blog?
Summarize what the reader has accomplished so. Encourage the reader to use this new information and apply it in their life and experiences. Guide them with next steps if they want to learn more.
Step 4: Get your blog peer reviewed
Getting your blog reviewed by a friend or peer helps you find areas of improvement for your blog. You want to look for:
- Coherence: is the blog organized and make logical sense?
- Focus: is the blog on track or does it lose focus somewhere?
- Structure and flow: how easy is the blog to follow?
- Language: how well were you able to communicate to your target audience?
- Completeness: are there any ideas or concepts that need more explanation?
Instead of asking specific questions, let your reviewer communicate their feedback openly. Ask them what they thought and how they think the blog can be improved.
The best way to judge your blog's success is to ask the reviewer to explain it back to you. If they understand everything and can explain it back, you likely don't have a lot to edit. If there are ideas that they struggle to communicate, you can mark those for improvement. If the reviewer doesn't achieve the goals you set for the blog, it might need some more work.
Here are some common areas of improvement:
- Simplify the language (you can get help from the writing team)
- Side notes explain ideas that might seem easy but help understand other more significant ideas
- Focusing the blog helps remove clutter and ideas that aren't as relevant
- Take a break and return to the blog later - you're likely to spot a few more areas of improvement yourself.
Finally: take the feedback, and edit your blog.
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Step 5: Publish!
Your blog is almost complete! Here you can work with the writing team to finalize your blog and schedule it for publication.
This is where our marketing team joins you to increase exposure of your blog to your target audience and provide you with evaluations of its performance.