Why Write an Article?

David DraperCommunity Support Lead
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I'm the Community Support Lead at EE. I live and work in Savannah, GA. I absolutely love working with communities and learning from people!
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This is a quick introduction to why members write articles on Experts Exchange, and how you can get involved!

Introduction

It’s not always clear where a good story gets started. They’re passed around and change in tone and tenor over years. And from time to time, if they have the right magic... they transcend generations. 

Aesop (author of Aesop’s Fables) as far as we know, was a slave living in Greece around 600 BCE. While much of his life, and the work attributed to him are the result of speculation, even Aristotle makes note of him in ‘Art of Rhetoric’. (And that’s no small shout-out)

The most famous of Aesop’s fables is The Tortoise And The Hare. While many might dismiss it as only being a children’s story, its immanence in western culture over 2000 years says otherwise. 

The most common understanding of the moral of the story is ‘slow and steady wins the race’

There are, however, many possible interpretations. One could easily say it’s a warning against hubris, or note the importance of knowing your opponent’s weaknesses. Someone might even use it to make an argument that a tortoise would ‘obviously’ make a better pet than a hare.

And that’s why we write. That’s the magic of language. 

Getting Started

A technical manual can pass along practical information. A guide can ensure lessons hard learned are easier the next time around. Well argued opinions persuade and shift the landscape on an issue. 

A story can illuminate our shared existence.

So... what does this mean for an author on Experts Exchange? It means the sky’s the limit! 

Write about a new technology that interests you. Write a guide for someone who is stuck on the same problem you’ve been stuck on before. Make a record of the steps you took to fix some broken code. Start a conversation on career development in IT.

If you’re looking for some great examples, here’s a list of some common uses for articles from one of our Community Leaders, Rob Jurd.

Examples of Uses For Articles

  • Answers To Common Questions
    • I often run into the same question multiple times.  Rather than writing out a lengthy solution each time the question arises… It’s better to put it into a polished article than write it from scratch on every individual recurrence of a question.
  • Explaining Industry Concepts
    •  Whether you're working in programming, networking, or another technology field, there are important concepts to understand. Articles are a great way to explain these details in an easy-to-learn format. I have found that if someone has a good understanding of core frameworks in their field, they expand their ability to learn and reduce their need for assistance in overcoming individual problems.
  • Discussing New Technologies
    • Articles are a great way to open discussion on or raise awareness about new technologies. I’m often curious about what other people use to complete their tasks (for example: accounting software or email clients). And, I enjoy sharing personal experiences with a specific technology or software.

The Race Is Not Always To The Swift

Maybe you’re nervous about getting started. You wouldn’t be alone. Hemingway knew the first draft of everything was, well… not great. Stephen King hasn’t written 64 novels and sold 350 million copies just because he’s talented. Everyone who writes has to overcome the terror of a blank page.

‘Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.’ ~William Faulkner

Aesop’s tortoise won not just because he was more clever than the hare, but because he put in the work. It has been said many times before, but bears repeating: If you want to be a writer there’s only one thing you have to do. Write.

Lend Your Voice

If you’re wondering as to whether or not it matters if you write, it does. It matters. We want to hear your voice. We want you to join the conversation. 

Teach us something. Share your experience. Tell us a story. Write.

‘I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.’ ~Emily Dickinson

What To Do Next


Before you start, have a look at our Article Guidelines! They're another great resource for even more tips on writing articles on EE.

Already familiar with the guidelines? Get started on your first article here!
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David DraperCommunity Support Lead
CERTIFIED EXPERT
I'm the Community Support Lead at EE. I live and work in Savannah, GA. I absolutely love working with communities and learning from people!

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