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Show HN: I created a writing course specifically for HN (hitthefrontpage.com)
17 points by mtlynch 3 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 3 comments

Hi HN, I started posting here four years ago not really understanding what the site was. My first-ever submission[0] reached the #8 slot, bringing my blog 10x as many readers as anything I'd ever written before.

Since then, I've continued sharing posts on HN and became more actively involved in the community here. I've discovered tons of interesting blog posts and services through HN that I wouldn't have found otherwise.

When I talk to other bloggers, they're often discouraged that HN ignores everything they submit. I look at their posts and often see fixable mistakes. For example, they're submitting tutorials, not realizing that those rarely get traction on HN. Or they fill their posts with jargon that makes the content hard for most readers to follow. Often, they're expressing an interesting idea, but they don't know how to articulate it well to the HN audience.

One of the challenges of sharing your content on HN is that the results are binary. You either make it to the front page, or you don't. If you don't, it's difficult to learn from your mistakes.

I realized that in four years of participating in HN, I've accrued tons of institutional knowledge that wasn't documented anywhere. I've never created a video course before, so this seemed like a good opportunity to teach everything I've learned about writing for a technical audience and sharing content on HN.

I hope that others find the material useful and interesting. I'm happy to take any questions or feedback about the course.

[0] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14568558

big fan of your writing!

Thanks, I appreciate that!

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