What I learned from these 4 legends during the Hashnode bootcamp

I was fortunate enough the be selected as a participant in the Hashnode Bootcamp v1.

This Bootcamp consisted of four awesome speakers who each had their own topic and assignments for us to create.

I wanted to reflect on this Bootcamp and write down my learnings and key takeaways.

Quality over Quantity

If you are reading my blogs, you will know I produce content every day, which is hard.

Not just from a writing perspective but from making it worthwhile and good content.

During the Bootcamp, I've learned to re-read my articles as a reader and see if it still makes sense.

Finding a niche

This is one; I'm really not good at. I don't want to limit myself to do what people expect. I want to write about my day-to-day learnings.

And during the Bootcamp, I've learned this is my strength. My niche sort of speak is writing small, understandable objectives one can learn from.

Write consistent

This one I was already doing, but after the Bootcamp, I've taken some time and made a long term plan for myself.

Before I was writing for the next day, nowadays there is about a week of work upfront.

With consistency, we don't mean every day, but one specific period you feel comfortable with.

This can be every Tuesday, every first Friday of the month, or even every quarter.

It's really about you being comfortable publishing on these times.

Finding ideas

Another great one and golden egg; How to find ideas to blog about?

I already wrote a cool article about this topic, but the Bootcamp gave me some extra insights on how these amazing writers do it.

It comes down to writing about your learning, don't take for granted you already know something.

There are many people out there that are still learning something, and you could be the person to help them achieve this.

Tell about yourself

This was probably my biggest learning point, I did not have an about page, my blog was called Daily Dev Tips, and nobody knew who I was.

Victoria gave a good understanding of this topic and had us create an about page.

I also learned people like the human aspect over the anonymous blogger.

You are not alone

This was not really a point from the speakers, but from the Hashnode team, every assignment we were able to provide a draft article which they proof-read for us.

And I think this is a very important step as bloggers, find people you can resonate with.

Have them read your articles and see what they think about them.

Don't stop improving

That you already wrote your article is cool, but it doesn't mean it's done forever.

Reflect on your article after a while, make it better, update references and so on!

Conclusion

I wish to thank these four absolute legends! Catalin Pit, Omotola Shogunle, Tapas Adhikary, and Victoria Lo.

As well as the Hashnode team Sandeep Panda, Syed Fazle Rahman, and Edidiong Asikpo!

I've learned an immense amount from doing this Bootcamp

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Still can't believe it, but I've been asked to be a speaker at V2 of the Bootcamp!

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Davide Camera's photo

Thanks a lot for this super tips! Catalin Pit and Victoria Lo inspiring me every day. You have a new follower πŸ˜πŸ€“

Chris Bongers's photo

Nice, glad these people already inspire you. And thanks for the Follow Davide πŸ”₯

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

You highlighted some of the best points about technical writing and blogging in this article. Thank you so much for taking out time to handle today's session in the Bootcamp. You are amazing.

Chris Bongers's photo

Thanks, Edi, still super jealous of your trip, can't wait to go and travel again!

Also thanks for being such a good help during Bootcamp 1 keeping track of everything, really takes something!

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Chris Bongers It was an amazing trip indeed. Thank you.

mcsee's photo

Thank you for this tips Chris !

Chris Bongers's photo

Hey, you're welcome, absolutely loved the bootcamp, so nice to reflect on how I found it.

V Thulisile Sibanda's photo

Thanks for the tips πŸ‘πŸΏ

Chris Bongers's photo

Hey, Thanks. So nice to receive comments it's just inspiring to write more.

Catalin Pit's photo

Thanks a lot! You're super awesome!

Chris Bongers's photo

Thanks Catalin, see you in round 2 🀟

Bhanu Teja Pachipulusu's photo

Awesome, congrats. Looking forward to your talk in the bootcamp v2. I know, it's gonna be awesome.

Chris Bongers's photo

Thanks, Bhanu, I'm sure it's going to be so much fun

Omotola Shogunle's photo

Great congratulations πŸ‘πŸΎ, I am sure it would be amazing 🀩

Chris Bongers's photo

Thanks Omotola ✌️

Learning a lot from you guys