Starting my own developer blog

Picture of MariusMarius Espejo

Blogging was something I used to do a lot at my previous job. It's what really got me into content creation. Blogging publicly however has been something that I've always wanted to do, but just never really had the time for.

At one point I did attempt writing public articles, on Medium, and even got one of my articles picked up by the freeCodeCamp publication! That was pretty cool at the time.

Medium back then was awesome. Dead simple platform that really got out of your way, great interface. It felt like your written work really had power to reach millions of people.

Over time however Medium started pushing towards having articles behind a paywall. Most of the big publications that focused on free engineering content all were forced to move away. In Medium you pretty much won't get any views unless you were writing for a publication. That pretty much means (to me at least) that Medium was no longer a viable place to write.

DEV was probably the next best place. It's a community that primarily focuses on developer content. I absolutely loved their focus on Markdown. However just like any content platform, you are pretty much competing for views with everyone else. Your articles need to perform well against the algorithm so that it can be featured and found.

The big problem with any platform: you don't own it. At any given moment they can decide to take it down, or move it, or change the business model. Your words are wasted.

Wouldn't it be nice to just have a place where you can publish your own content where people that truly like your work can easily discover more of your work?

I've always had this itch to carve out my own little space in the internet... something that I truly own.

So here it is!

It's a little scrappy, and I just hacked it together. But I hope to build it out, and share my learnings in the process.

Stay tuned!

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