I’m always looking for excellent writers for Simple Programmer.
A Broad Overview on Submissions
A blog post on Simple Programmer has the opportunity to get wide exposure to over 150,000 visitors per month.
A successful writer on Simple Programmer will understand these four key concepts:
- Articles are meant to inspire and motivate programmers to find ways to improve their lives, either professionally or personally (and sometimes both!)
- Articles are written with our readers in mind. Rather than broad topics about personal development or advice, they should specifically address how to apply such ideas to a programming lifestyle. Think specifically about how what you are writing is going to be relevant and to programmers. Don't be afraid to use code, technical jargon and other analogies programmers would understand and relate to.
- Articles should be written in a narrative and personal style, while still being packed full of information. They need to be accessible to a variety of readers, from a programmer just starting out to a full-time entrepreneurial software expert. Our tagline is, after all, Making The Complex Simple.
- When in doubt, always err on the side of too long. In addition to providing the best content possible to our readers, it is always easier to delete unnecessary text than to stretch out thin text (but maybe try to keep submissions under 4K words, unless it is an epic power post?)
If you would like to know more about the content we look to create on Simple Programmer, you can check out our Style Guide for in-house writers.
What Can You Write About?
Since we are devoted to the enrichment of our audience’s lives, both personally and professionally, articles on this site cover a variety of topics.
Here are some of the categories I am looking for writers on:
- Technical – Web development, mobile development, QA and automation, other. These articles should be at least 2000 words (even more if you have it in you), and include detailed instructions, How-to's, tutorials and getting started or introductions or guides to a specific technology, framework or programming language.
- Career – All kinds of career topics that would appeal to: employees, managers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and students. These articles should relate specifically to the programming and developer industry.
- Marketing Yourself – Blogging, personal branding, speaking, networking, using social networks, podcasting. These articles should teach programmers how to sell themselves to others, either through their current position or as a freelancer and/or entrepreneur.
- Productivity – System, hacks, learning, etc. These articles should give programmers the tools to accelerate their processes and put their best work (and selves) out to the world.
- Motivational – Psychology, dealing with fear, failure, attitude, love, inspiration, success. These articles should harken back to the basic premise of Simple Programmer: Making The Complex Simple. Using anecdotes, studies, or other empiric evidence to break these big picture ideas into implementable action items is key.
- Fitness, finance, and misc. – Other content, but strongly related to programmers. These articles should follow a similar structure to Motivational articles, focusing especially on giving Simple Programmer readers tips and tricks that they can apply in their lives for big changes and results.
- Tech – Hardware, gadgets, reviews, recommendations. These articles should also be longer (at least 1500 words) and include detailed specifications and information that will advise Simple Programmer readers all the good, bad, and ugly about the product.
Many of these topics are “soft” topics, so any of the writing for them should be specific to software developers.
- DO NOT write an article titled “How To Get Started Lifting Weights” – then write a broad personal fitness piece.
- DO write an article titled “A Programmer’s Guide to Lifting Weights” – then write a piece that specifically addresses the personal fitness regime that programmers (who often sit hunched over a keyboard at a desk for hours on end) would need to follow to bulk up.
The Submission and Editing Process
I am looking for high-quality content to share with the Simple Programmer audience. That should be the most important thing you are considering when submitting an article or guest post idea. We have a team of editors and content strategists that will work with you from your initial submission to the final publishing of your piece.
This means that we may decline submissions that are either not a good fit for the site or in need of some improvement. Our Managing Editor has written two detailed articles on how to get your article approved. I suggest you read them before submitting.
If your pitch gets denied, that does not mean you can never submit again, even if it is an updated draft. After your article is approved, the process can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks from your initial submission, and will involve your active participation in rewrites and revisions.
While we do not currently pay for guest posts on the site, we do include an opportunity for you to promote your own site and work at the end of the piece. That means a dofollow linkback off Simple Programmer, your own bio to market your wares, an audience of 150K+ readers to your content, and potential for future posts and opportunities to contribute to the community.
We do not offer paid posts or link placements.
How To Submit an Article
To submit an article idea or apply to be a writer on Simple Programmer, please send over your concept and we’ll be in touch to see about getting you published on the site! If you have any questions, you can email us (we do not accept submissions or queries through these email addresses – you will be directed back to the request form on this page).