Hashnode BootCamp: Insights on Leveraging Technical Writing: A Three-Day Bootcamp Summary

Hashnode BootCamp: Insights on Leveraging Technical Writing: A Three-Day Bootcamp Summary

Looking back at the boot camp that I recently attended. It was about giving insight into what is technical writing and how developers or technical writers can leverage it. I am really amazed at how much I had learned in these three amazing days. Lots of insights from speakers and great Q/A Sessions to address the pain points.

Firstly, Thanks to Hashnode for creating this #HashnodeBootcamp. Thanks to Daniela Passos for being an amazing host throughout the boot camp. And to the experienced speakers Ankur Tyagi and Swapna Kumar on Day 1. Nader Dabit and Akos on Day 2. James on Day 3.

So the summary and the important points that I have noted are below according to the schedule of Days. I have summarized the familiar questions and answers that popped up to me in the boot camp.

Day 1: Welcome and introduction to writing for developers

The Importance of Writing as a Developer

This session was given by Ankur Tyagi. At the start, Ankur shared his journey from developer to consultant. Ankur shared how he started his technical writing journey when he was working on documenting a project.

Why do you need to write?

We cannot write what we have no idea about. So when we learn something writing it down is the best way to remember and it improves communication and makes you more aware of the concept. Moreover, you are writing in public so you have ample opportunity to be found by the people with same interests which improves networking as well.

Where/When to Start?

Don't feel bad If you are bad at writing none of us are at the start. Start now. Start with the tech stack you know. If you don't have any tech stack yet. Learn..!. Pick a topic/concept. Spend time learning it, and build something around it. Write what you have learned and share your experiences. If you try to write consistently on a daily/weekly/monthly basis you will find your writing style. Write when you feel to write not forcefully.

What about writer's block?

There are a lot of sources out there to break your writer's block. Skim through Twitter/LinkedIn there you may find some topics that you know and might declutter your mind to produce content. And writing is not always bringing out new content but using the old content and presenting it in your style. (Steal like an Artist)

Tip : Consistency is the main key.

Leveraging Technical Writing to Land Opportunities and Boost Your Developer Career

I can relate to what Swapna said at the start of the session. We tend to forget what we learned in the past if we don't document it. I personally faced this many times.

What are ways to convey content?

  1. Textual content - Blogs, documentation, etc.

  2. Infographic - Used hand-in-hand with blogs, videos, etc.

  3. Audio - Podcasts, interviews.

  4. Video - Youtube tutorials, Udemy courses, etc.

However, you convey you always wanted to create engaging and intriguing content. And create content for the audience.

What do I get from writing?

  • Getting paid through a subscription-based model, Collaboration, Paid content, Ghostwriting, Full-Time Content Writing

  • Improve communication and networking.

  • create your own course/ebook and sell it

What are other things to know?

  • Connect with Audience

  • Gain followers and slowly expand your niche

  • Always write a summary at the end.

Day 2: Personal Branding and Community Engagement

Leveraging Social Media for Monetization

This session is by Nader Dabit. A Developer, Author, and Teacher. He shares his journey and how he started blogging.

Note: I am not covering the points that are already covered in the previous session as it causes repetition

Your online presence says, who you say, you are.

What would people think if I blog?

You are what you say. Your perception of yourself is entirely different from what others think about you. It is important to maintain a consistent online presence as visitors to your website may not know who you are or what your brand is about. Even though you may think that you have explained everything, it is important to ensure that your online presence aligns with who you say you are. This will help establish trust and credibility with your audience. Hence start and do your best with the best content everything will fall into place.

Can I scatter my content over other niches?

If you scatter your content over multiple niches, you risk diluting your message and confusing your audience. Without a clear focus, it may be difficult to establish a strong brand identity and attract a dedicated following. Additionally, you may struggle to rank in search engines for relevant keywords, as your content may not be seen as authoritative in any one specific niche.

Any More Tips?

  • Link your social media platforms to grow connections

  • Use media like images/videos whenever possible

Building Your Personal Brand on Social Media

Akos is a software engineer and a freelance writer.

Why I should have a Personal Brand?

Here are the four reasons given by Akos for why you should build a personal brand:

Easy tools:

Building a personal brand is now easier than ever thanks to the availability of simple tools and platforms.

The quality of your audience is a function of your content quality.

Easy to create:

Creating a personal brand is a relatively simple process that requires minimal investment and can be done by anyone.

Three metrics for building a brand:

Impressions: The number of times your brand is seen or heard by people is an important metric to track.

Engagement: Measuring engagement, such as profile clicks, likes, shares, and comments, provides insights into how people are interacting with your brand.

Conversions: Ultimately, the success of your personal brand depends on the decisions people make after engaging with your brand. Tracking conversions, such as follows, is crucial to understanding how effective your brand is in achieving its goals.

Low competition: There is only one who is competing with you it's you. You are the brand hence work for yourself.

No rules: Unlike traditional corporate branding, personal branding has no set rules or guidelines, allowing for greater creative freedom and flexibility.

People can steal your tweets, but they can't steal your audience

  • Typefully is the tool to check impressions

Day 3: Leveraging Social Media for Monetization

Freelance Writing Opportunities for Developers

James is a full-time content creator and a freelancer.

How do I get Freelance Opportunities?

  • Include social media handles to blogs so people can reach for gigs.

  • Always engage with people to find opportunities

What is the role of AI in Technical Writing and its future?

It definitely has a role that enhances writing ability, spell check, and easy research. James says that AI will not replace the jobs but we need to leverage AI for our use and making better content.

Any More Tips?

  • Write short-form content preferably in bullet points

  • using AI for benefit but not entirely, Give your flavor to the blog instead of copy paste.

  • Create a routine and write w.hen you are excited to write

  • Tracking your ideas and planning your content

That's it for the blog. Feel free to add If I missed any. Such a great experience and a memorable boot camp.

Special Shoutout to Aryaman Singh Rana. Thanks for the detailed explanation for Day 1 and Day 2. I covered the topics which I missed on Day 2 through your blog.

Thanks for reading.