It's Official Contributing Writer

First things first. The title of this article may be a bit confusing, and it may make you think I've made an error. I haven't. There's no visual cues for this -- I couldn't think of any to use that wouldn't make this any less confusing -- but the word "Official" is being used in two separate sentences, while the word is only being included once. It reads this way: "It's official." and "Official contributing author." Both are now, officially, true.

I started writing for PowerShell.org this year, with my first article posting on January 2, 2019. As a part of making this commitment, I asked the folks in charge if in time, after a handful of posted articles, that my name be added to the About Us page. Well, it's happened. It happened after ten articles and a commitment to continue adding more PowerShell content. You may not already know this, but I blogged about PowerShell at tommymaynard.com for 4 and a 1/2 years, before deciding to do all my new writing right here.

Perhaps you're asking yourself, why did he bring this up? I brought this up, in order to formally invite anyone and everyone in the PowerShell community to also blog with us at PowerShell.org. It made sense to me to have stopped adding new content at my personal site. I believe that the community should have a central point for forums, discussions, articles, and news, and that it should be here, and that those of us that make up the community, should contribute to as wide an audience as we can.

If you don't already have a PowerShell blog, but have something you want to share with the community, then do it here. Get your feet wet; shoot for writing an article twice a year during your first year. Then four the next. Even if you don't get your name on the About Us page -- and seriously, why not try -- you can add this highlight to your résumé. Stop and ponder that for a moment. Write here consistently, and use it. as a highlight. on your résumé. Here's a small segment from mine (that's all about PowerShell).

Tommy's PowerShell Résumé Highlights

If you already have a blog, successful or otherwise, donate two or three articles to PowerShell.org each year. If you'd rather not put a full article here, then just start it here, and then link to the completed article on your own site. Or vice versa. Finish it here and start it on your own site! Maybe mix it up and do both! Please do consider, though, how you can help PowerShell.org with your established influence.

PowerShell has always been about community in conjunction with technology. We have a common thread among us, and what you've been through with PowerShell, should be shared. Let us learn from you; let us help you learn. If you want a chance at mastering PowerShell, then you're going to have to teach about it, in one fashion or another, sooner or later. Build up your own brand and name recognition sure, but consider PowerShell.org and its consistency over the years to promote, to solve problems, to deliver news, and bring people together in person at the PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit. Be a part of that.

In closing, I've included a site link that will help answer any additional questions you might have about blogging at PowerShell.org: https://powershell.org/contributing/blogging-at-powershell-org/. You can even only do it once and totally hate it, but please do get involved here, no matter what you're doing elsewhere. Someone helped you along the way, and so you owe someone else that favor, too.

Whether you're new to writing about PowerShell or not, work with me before you publish, and I will gladly write an introductory, yet brief article about you to introduce your upcoming article. It's not a requirement, but I'm here if you would appreciate that. Let those paying attention, see your effort and willingness to help PowerShell.org with its content and our community.

≥ Tommy Maynard (Twitter: @thetommymaynard)

About Tommy Maynard

IT Pro. Passionate for #PowerShell, #AWS (certified x2), & all things automation. I'm not done learning. Author in #PSConfBook. Writes at https://powershell.org.

3 thoughts on “It's Official Contributing Writer

  1. Jamie Oglethorpe (JamieO53)

    I want to contribute. I asked to blog, and was asked to provide a WordPress account. I have one, but I have not put any blogs there. My (non-PowerShell) blogs were on Blogger and GitHub pages.

    I now have a blog at WordPress (https://wordpress.com/posts/jamieo.com) posted at my own site (https://powershellprogrammer.jamieo.com/).

    I don't see any links on the powershell.org site linking to blogs. Presumably, they come out under Articles.

    I followed the guideline and sent an email. I got a reply, but that was before I had done anything.

    I now have seven posts.

    What do I do now?

    1. Tommy Maynard Post author

      Hi Jamie,

      What you need to do now, if you haven't already, is email webmaster@ with your PowerShell.org username. They'll set you up so that you can create new posts, right here at PowerShell.org. Use this link to read more about contributing at PowerShell.org: https://powershell.org/contributing/blogging-at-powershell-org/.

      Then what you do, is up to you. Here's the options, as I see them: One, you can write complete articles here on PowerShell.org, two, you can start a new article on your site and finish it here at PowerShell.org, or three, you can start a new article here at PowerShell.org and finish it at your site. If you don't write the full article here, then it's you that creates the link from your article here to your site, or your site's article to here.

      Here's how I did it before I decided to write at PowerShell.org 100% of the time. I wrote a couple paragraphs at PowerShell.org and finished the article at my personal blog. Take a look: https://powershell.org/2015/10/run-background-commands-after-every-command/. Do notice as well, that I provided a link from my site back to PowerShell.org. This was added in case someone landed at my site first and wanted to read the first couple of paragraphs of the article.

      Please let me know if this needs anymore explanation, as I'm happy to help!

      Thank you,
      Tommy

  2. Jamie Oglethorpe (JamieO53)

    Thanks, Tommy.

    I went wrong in the beginning because I did not know that I had to have a WordPress blog first. The problem with the "Blogging at PowerShell.org" page, is it all about encouragement, but nothing about what you have to do next. I emailed webmaster@, which was the first I learned of the WordPress connection. My account was a mess, and I had to tidy it up, as well as creating my blog.

    Thanks again,
    Jamie

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