Why write technical content on a blog and not only on social media
Reasons to create your own blog and easy suggestions for selecting the right blogging platforms
I often recommend that people publish their social media content as a blog post or a GitHub gist if they don't have a blog.
Here are the reasons:
Content Resilience: No matter what happens on the social media platform, your content will remain available for everybody. Take, for example, the migration that happened with some users who left Twitter and closed their accounts. Their content is no longer easily accessible. Maybe it was archived by the Internet Archive, or maybe not.
Don't depend on a platform to reach your audience: Limiting your content sharing to any (or more) social media platform makes you dependent on it. If any issues arise with your account, such as being blocked, you will lose the ability to communicate with your audience.
Safeguard against unjust or erroneous termination or suspension of your social media account: Picture the worst-case scenario where an incident occurs and your account gets suspended. Suddenly, your content and, consequently, your voice will no longer be heard.
What to do
Get a domain
Create a blog with your domain or find a platform that offers this feature
Ensure your blog has RSS support
When you write quality content on social media, also post it on your blog. You can do this before or after sharing on social media.
Make sure you have a backup setup for your own content
(optional) Add newsletter support so people can get your content in their email when you post something.
I recommend you choose a blogging engine/platform where you can write your content in markdown format or at least they can export the content in markdown. This will ensure you can easily migrate between blog engines without any effort to rewrite your content
I also recommend choosing a blogging engine that will help you with some kind of automatic backup. Here I like to set up a flow that will create a commit with the markdown files in Github.
That's it. Now your content is safeguarded from any dependency on a specific platform.
Regarding the selection of a blog engine and its setup, I will share my recommendations here. However, please note that these suggestions may not necessarily suit everyone's needs.
Build everything yourself
Use an existing blogging platform
I am using it for this blog Hashnode because they offer two options that I like a lot:
custom domains so I can set up my domain for this blog
They also recently added newsletter support and sponsorship.
If you are the kind of person (like me) that will spend days customizing their theme and then configure servers and then start building new features for a blogging platform I suggest you choose an existing blogging platform and just focus on writing.
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