I’ve been a fan and a contributor of developerWorks since it first began. I’m gaining a whole new appreciation for this major competitive advantage: I’m a temporary member of the dW team while one of the brilliant editors is on a leave. I must say, I have huge shoes to fill, but I’m lucky that the team surrounding me is very supportive.
I want to share with you some of what I’ve learned in the past week and encourage you to “live” on the dW site!
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Become a member of the developerWorks community
If you have not already done so, register and create a developerWorks profile. It will enable you to connect and collaborate with other developers and to use any of the applications available to members of the developerWorks community, including blogs, wikis, groups, file sharing, activities, and bookmarks. If you’re an author, you can be notified and when a reader leaves a comment on your article. You can learn more about these applications and how to use them to become a vital member of the developerWorks community at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/community/newto/index.html.
Write an Article
Do you have a deep technical article that you want to publish about an IBM product, industry trend or another technical topic? A good choice is to publish on developerWorks so it can be reach a very larger audience. Submit your proposals here and have the opportunity to work directly with one of our editors to get it published! developerWorks has an audience of more than 4 million unique monthly users so this is a great way to get lots of exposure! Interested? Send in a proposal.
Check out the content wish list to get some ideas on what you could write about.
You can also receive professional recognition for your developerWorks publishing achievements. See the IBM developerWorks Author Achievement Recognition Program for details.
Should you write an article or blog entry?
As you can see, if you are a member of the developerWorks community, you have many options for sharing information. The obvious choices for sharing content is either via a blog or an article. My blog is on developerWorks and I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to share my thoughts on a variety of subjects, whenever I choose. Which should you choose? I found this information Articles vs Blogs - Are They the Same? that may help you make a choice:
- Articles can vary greatly in their length, usually consisting of anywhere between 500 and 2,000 (or more!) words.
- Articles are often meant to inform and are more formal in their construction.
- Articles are detailed, informative, and fact-based.
- Blogs are shorter and are usually 200 – 500 words in length.
- Blogs are more casual and provide a great way to personally connect with website readers.
- Blogs provide a personal, inside point of view.
- Blogs are (expected to be) updated more frequently than articles.
Find valuable content on developerWorks
Whenever I spend time on developerWorks, I’m awed at the sheer volume of content that is available. Beyond articles and blogs, you can find free downloads, tutorials for preparing for certification exams, resources for people new to this area of technology, information about bootcamps, best practices, migration toolkit, DBA central, technical briefings, skills e-kits, e-books, and a variety of demos.
All this content is free! Can you think of a better place to go for valuable information?