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Are you a developer with a blog? Or are you thinking of starting one?
The activity of blogging involves writing to your readers with the intention of providing information, tips, advice and anything else that might help or inspire the reader.
Bloggers can also fall victim to writer’s block and it can be tricky to find a balance between topics that you have a genuine interest in and what the readers may find useful. However, different approaches can be taken to come up with blog post ideas for developers.
Blog post ideas for developers can be inspired from looking at activities performed on a day-to-day basis and reflecting on past experiences. Due to the vast amount of skills-set required as a developer, there are endless topics to write about if you think about it deeply enough.
Our previous blog post looked at 5 incredible benefits of blogging as a developer. Check it out if you want to know how blogging can help you grow as a developer.
This article follows on the topic of blogging and will list 15 inspiring blog post ideas for developers so you won’t often suffer from writer’s block (hopefully!)
If you browse through the list of published blog posts on this website, you’ll see we’ve covered posts from each of the topics we’re about to discuss. A link is provided to a sample post published on this website that falls under each topic idea so you have an example to reference against!
“Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
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- 1. Opinions and recommendations
- 2. Your personal challenges
- 3. Complete program tutorials
- 4. Code snippets
- 5. Your field of speciality
- 6. Personal and career growth
- 7. Introductory posts
- 8. Your perspective on a common question
- 9. Advice for newbies
- 10. Tips for organisation and productivity
- 11. Trends and news in the software industry
- 12. Posts on lesser-known categories
- 13. Reviews
- 14. Numbered lists
- 15. Write about whatever inspires you!
1. Opinions and recommendations
These are posts on a particular topic around software development that are mostly inspired by your opinions and thoughts.
Take a look at the programming languages you use, or the tools, frameworks and technologies you’re involved with. It’s likely several of these topics are a source of discourse within the software development community.
Regardless of whether there is a consensus on the topic or not, could you provide your view on it? Formulate your thoughts on such topics into words and turn it into a blog post!
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2. Your personal challenges
We all go through common and individual struggles in our own journeys. Reflect and share what those struggles were and provide tips on how you overcame them.
Topics on challenges faced by programmers can include: feeling a lack of progress, feeling like quitting, the struggles of job hunting, imposter syndrome and all other various struggles we face.
If you’re presently going through challenges all the more reason to write about it! You can also get engagement from others going through the same and exchange your experiences.
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3. Complete program tutorials
Developers write code, so what better source of a topic to get ideas from than the programs you’ve written.
A blog post on a complete program tutorial is centred on taking a working program and breaking it down to an explanation of how it works to allow someone to understand how the program was put together.
These types of blog posts are a great way to exchange technical knowledge and provide other developers with practical working applications as a reference for their own projects.
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4. Code snippets
These are a lighter form of a complete program tutorial and are instead focused on explaining how a particular function or concept works.
Typically, such posts are structured by sharing a piece of code that does something specific. Then the blog post can explain what that snippet of code is doing.
You can write a blog post just for the purposes of sharing snippets of code to allow anyone to copy and use it for their projects. Such posts can even be made for entertainment purposes to share something fun you created.
Depending on the type of code being shared, a great way to present a code snippet is through a live illustration on the blog post itself. This can be gone by creating for example, a CodePen of the code snippet and embedding it on your blog post.
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5. Your field of speciality
It’s likely many blog post ideas for developers will source from experiences working in a particular field in software development. If you have a speciality area then take that as your gold mine for topics to write about.
Starting with an area you’re familiar with can also make it easier to write about as you’re talking about a topic you already some decent knowledge about.
In my case, my field is the embedded industry so several of the blog posts on this site are inspired by specific topics on embedded systems.
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6. Personal and career growth
Developers need to make a living too, so we can all relate to learning more about how to grow personally and in our career.
Reflect on things in the past that has helped you grow in competencies that may not be directly technical related. These can be soft skills you’ve focused on developing or any career-related tips for surviving in the tech world.
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7. Introductory posts
These are simply introductory posts written to help someone new to various categories of software development such as a programming language, developer platform, API, framework, utility and so on.
Think of all the things you use now or used in the past and write a post about them targeted for beginners.
Not only will you be helping out someone else who is new to it, but you’ll also be refreshing your own knowledge!
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8. Your perspective on a common question
If you blog or thought about starting you’ve probably told yourself at some point, what’s the point in writing about X topic? You may think the internet doesn’t need yet another blog post on that very commonly asked topic or question.
But you know what you’ll come to realise when you start to write about such topics? There’s always room for more opinions, insight and comments on a topic, even if it has been answered a million times already!
Don’t be afraid of taking a super common topic or question and writing your own spin on it. Answer the question from your point of view and maybe someone out there will benefit from your method of explaining or the unique insights you may have on that subject.
As a personal example, I remember having to convince myself more than a few times to write about how to select a first programming language (a topic clearly with many vast and varying opinions!)
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9. Advice for newbies
Look back at your journey and what it took to get to where you are now. Everyone will surely have more than a few pieces of advice to share for their past selves.
This is really how we can use our own experiences to help others go further and reach where they want to be quicker. Write several blog posts centred on your journey reflections and what has really helped you.
If you consider yourself a newbie you can still write for other newbies! (By the way, I like to think we are all newbies, just on varying levels!)
As a newbie to something, your advice may even hold more weight since it’s likely something you’ve just gone through and can articulate it better to those also going through similar struggles.
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10. Tips for organisation and productivity
We are always trying to be more efficient in how we carry out tasks but there are no 100% proven ways to go about it.
Share any discoveries you’ve made on these subjective topics and let us know what has worked for you when it comes to how to stay organised and be more productive as a developer.
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11. Trends and news in the software industry
The software industry is constantly changing and it’s always a good idea to stay on top of what’s going on.
Be one of the blogs that offer up to date information about the latest trends and activities in the software world. To do this effectively, you’ll need to carry out some research and keep in touch with the latest news.
Choosing to write about current topics, of course, has the advantage of keeping you personally up to date with the industry.
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12. Posts on lesser-known categories
We don’t always have to write about things that are trending! This focuses on lesser-known topics you’ll not find nearly as much information about compared to common topics.
Blog post ideas for developers can source some areas in the field that are not necessarily well known or talked about. If you see such a gap, take the opportunity to write several posts on the topic.
If the topic gains popularity later on, you’ll already have existing content published on the topic which can prove to be advantageous in gaining traffic from the web.
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Write a review about anything and all things that may be useful for developers. This can include books, tools, gadgets, courses, events or anything else you would like to review from your point of view.
What you review doesn’t necessarily have to be specific for developers either. For example, you can write about reviews of a management tool that has helped you although the tool itself may not be geared only for developers.
If it’s something that helps you (or not..) write a review about it!
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14. Numbered lists
If you’ve browsed through pages in the blog post section of this website, you’ll notice one thing, lots of numbered lists!
Usually when we start reading something like a numbered list we want to reach the end. This makes this style post great for keeping the reader engaged till the end.
Numbered lists can also be presented in a fun way such as writing in a count-down style. Blog posts on a numbered list can be as short or as long as you want it to be!
Numbered lists are also great for allowing readers to skim through the entire post as the headings should be self-explanatory and give a good enough overview of the key points (kind of like the post you’re reading right now!)
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15. Write about whatever inspires you!
It’s not always easy to write about a topic that has both criteria of something people are searching for AND what you actually want to put effort into writing. You’ll likely have those weeks when you just can’t come up with something.
At times like this, I encourage you to write about whatever you feel like!
It’s your blog and your space. While most of the time we try to please our readers by giving information, tips and advice that will help them, sometimes it’s okay just to ramble about whatever comes to mind.
Of course, still try to write about something somewhat relevant to your niche. It’s not recommended for a majority of your posts to be completely random if your readers expect your posts to fall within certain categories.
Once in a while though, it’s okay to break from posts that are geared towards a particular audience. You may even be surprised when some of your ‘random’ posts end up getting more engagement than the ones you spent carefully planning!
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Writer’s block can make it difficult at times to come up with blog post ideas for developers.
However, there are several topics developers can write about and countless ideas can come from looking at our current activities and past experiences.
We’ve provided some blog post ideas for developers that will hopefully trigger sources of inspiration for your next blog post.
If you ever feel stuck maybe come back to this article and see if any topics and blog post types will inspire new ideas for you!
Are there any topics you like to write about in your blog? Share them in the comments.
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