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It's actually a complicated question to answer, and I would bet each developer has different expectations.

In my case, I like more in-depth posts, not the typical basic POF with React or Environment setup. I also like reading about problems people encountered when working on real projects and how they solved them

Nonetheless, write what makes you happy! Writing is not just about the reader, but mostly about the author:

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin

 
 

It depends, when I just come to dev.to because I want to read something I'll probably gravitate towards the lighter reading, but when I run into an issue and an searching for something specific I obviously look for something that answers my question and that's usually technical.

Anecdotally, looking through the stars on my blog, 4 out of the 5 most read articles are technical.

 

I'm interested in technical stuff that I'm interested in (ha ha). That is, if I already like the technology or topic being discussed, I will be interested in reading the article.

Most often, however, I like to read about programmer culture and communication. A lot of "career stuff" falls into that category.

 

I like a lot of different kinds of articles and I like to read on a variety of topics and depth level. That being said career stuff is one of the things that I seldom read, I don't find it that interesting.

But, as Javier said, you should write about what makes you passionate. Nobody wants to read a half-hearted article just because it's about the month's popular topic. Of course, it's good to do some research and find where your interests intersect with your audience's, but I think there's plenty of popular topics beyond career stuff.

For the record, I wouldn't consider things like interpersonal skills, team work, agile processes and the like to be career stuff, to me career stuff is more things like how to get your first job as a developer, becoming a senior developer, how to survive a dead-end job, this developer got a 10x raise, you won't believe what he did next, etc.

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