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re: May I ask, is it recommended to publish each post in different platforms? I started blogging when I discovered dev.to and I can the points in "why...
 

It feels... spammy? Sneaky? Like some terrible violation of DRY (don't-repeat-yourself)? :) I know that feeling. I still fight it.

I try to think about it this way:

  • is the post helpful? (yes)
  • given the set of people in the world who it would help, did all of them read it when I posted it on [Reddit|HN|my blog|dev.to]? (probably not)
  • if I repost it somewhere else, might it get in front of new people and help them? (probably)
  • and what happens if someone has already seen it elsewhere? (they'll probably just ignore it)
  • think of times you've seen an article in 3 different places. Did that make you unhappy? Did it lend credibility to the article?

I publish my posts on my own blog first, and then I sometimes republish them on dev.to or Medium, and I send them to my email list, and I often share them somewhere too (Reddit/Twitter/FB/etc). If you believe it's helpful, there's not much sense in keeping it quiet :)

 

Which subreddits do you post to? I've always been super intimidated by posting there!

I usually just post to r/reactjs because most of my posts are on React and related stuff.

It IS intimidating. It still is for me, but it was much scarier in the beginning. On top of that, some subreddits are just not very friendly. r/programming and r/javascript come to mind... I tend to avoid those :)

I think the key, and what helped me, was to become active in the community before posting anything. It helped build up my own confidence, and also build up some reputation.

I'd reply to comments, answer questions (without linking out to my own stuff right out the gate), and after a little while, work in links to my posts when it was relevant. I try to write a helpful reply, and if I've got a related post, end the comment with "If you want more detail, I've written about this [here]". And once you've got some trust built up it's much less intimidating to post your own links to the subreddit, and they're more likely to be accepting.

It varies by subreddit too. Some are less friendly, some really hate links to your own stuff... but some are very accepting of it. Figuring out that vibe is another good reason to hang out and interact wherever you think you could help. And not just for Reddit of course :)

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