Behind The Scenes of Smashing Magazine: Interview With Our Writers

The Smashing audience are professional web designers, developers and other people involved in developing websites and online businesses. When you write, assume that your reader is a knowledgeable peer. Writing a beginner article about a technology is great , but you can assume a starting point of familiarity with web technologies.

I also learned that forcing myself to understand something properly before applying it was much more useful than waiting for official training. Asking the right questions and taking advice — even when it is annoying — was another big factor. Bizarrely, I think the most valuable skills didn’t come from design school or IBM but actually from my local church. It was there that I learned how to do public speaking, communicate and empathize. Short articles might take me only a morning or afternoon to complete, while longer ones might require a day or two of work.

Our most active part-time section editors work with the authors to give feedback on their outlines and on the technical accuracy and structure of their articles. Most of our articles are quite lengthy , which results in about 4 hours of work of reading, making notes and giving feedback, costing us another $200 per article. Reviewers, being professionals with projects of their own, invest precious spare time in the evenings and on their lunch breaks to review articles and send questions, feedback and suggestions.

Writer’s Digest offers information on writing better and getting published. The site also includes community forums, blogs and huge lists of resources for writers. CustomWritings.com is an academic writing service which provides custom written papers to help students with their grades. Moreover, do not miss an opportunity to turn to writing guides, topic ideas, and samples on their blog to polish your writing skills. Well, to quote Dorothy Parker, “I hate writing but love having written.” We don’t edit our articles to fit a strong house style, however here are some guidelines.

Again, this is not a way to post an advert, rather a way for you to put your name to some great content for our readers. Examples might be a company with a web performance tool sponsoring a series of articles about performance; an email service sponsoring an article about email design. We do not publish articles which are an obvious attempt at content marketing. While your experience in your company and with your product is valuable, pieces full of links to your product, or which are a walkthrough of how to use your product, will be rejected.

 

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He loves nothing more than helping companies understand the new generation of connected consumers. Vitaly Friedman, co-founder of Smashing Magazine, specializes on Responsive Web Design techniques, Performance Optimization, and eCommerce checkout optimization. While studying computer science and mathematics, he wrote a book, started Smashing Magazine, and has discovered his passion for typography, writing and design. Before you can start to improve things, you need to convince management that things need improving. Management is not always digitally savvy and don’t grasp how significantly things have changed. We don’t see it as our job to criticise the work of your existing web team.

If not a link to an online source, details of where this information came from. Use the official terms of the things you are describing. For example when talking about CSS – how is that property described in the specification? Start your article with an introduction that explains to the reader why they should continue reading the article. People are busy and will often scan an introduction to see if this is something useful and relevant to them.

Our authors range from experienced writers to first-timers. As our process includes editorial oversight, we can be a great place to publish your first piece. Now that blogging has become the smartest strategy for growing an authoritative web site, it’s your copywriting skills that will set you apart and help you succeed. Brian Clark’s popular blog covers useful copywriting tips, guidelines and ideas.

I’ve outlined the process in the Developer Evangelism Handbook. Meet “TypeScript in 50 Lessons”, our shiny new guide to TypeScript. With detailed code walkthroughs, hands-on examples and common gotchas — all broken down into short, manageable lessons. For developers who know enough JavaScript to be dangerous. Also, don’t be afraid to express your own opinion .

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