Opensource.com runs like other open source projects. The content collected and shared with you on this site is the result of the time, energy, and contributions from people all over the world. The writers you see published here, the community you see engaged with us on social media, and our readers keep Opensource.com going. The team working on curating and polishing the stories and news from our contributors is constantly inspired and motivated by the power of the open source movement. And, like any good open source project, we want to promote the great things our contributors say about their experience working with us.
7 big reasons to contribute to Opensource.com:
- Career benefits: "I probably would not have gotten my most recent job if it had not been for my articles on Opensource.com."
- Raise awareness: "The platform and publicity that is available through Opensource.com is extremely valuable."
- Grow your network: "I met a lot of interesting people after that, boosted my blog stats immediately, and even got some business offers!"
- Contribute back to open source communities: "Writing for Opensource.com has allowed me to give back to a community of users and developers from whom I have truly benefited for many years."
- Receive free, professional editing services: "The team helps me, through feedback, on improving my writing skills."
- We're loveable: "I love the Opensource.com team. I have known some of them for years and they are good people."
- Writing for us is easy: "I couldn't have been more pleased with my writing experience."
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What our writers say about contributing to Opensource.com
Writing for Opensource.com is a mix of sharing knowledge and improving my existing skills. My goal of my website, Slackermedia.info, is to be a guide for multimedia content creation on Linux. For the advice to be sound, there must be constant testing of the tools. This is where Opensource.com comes into play: by writing how-to articles about the tools, a big pool of open source users is able to try and test them. That's priceless. I write a lot for both professional and personal projects, and when you write, you always need a second opinion and set of eyes. Otherwise, everything might only make sense to you, the writer. The editorial team at Opensource.com is there to read, revise, copy edit, and provide suggestions. They have give me some pretty great ideas, which has been a huge benefit. Many people pay for this kind of editorial service for their writing, so having it be a part of the writing process for Opensource.com is wonderful. Professionally, writing for Opensource.com has been a huge benefit. I'm a big believer that actions speak louder than words, so if I go to a job interview and claim to know something, it makes a big difference if I have an article published on a respected website about that topic. I probably would not have gotten my most recent job if it had not been for my articles on Opensource.com.
—Seth Kenlon writes our Multimedia Makers column.
Writing for Opensource.com has made a huge difference in bringing the issue of accessibility and assistive technology into mainstream discussions. The first time one of my articles was published, it became very popular and helped to get the word out about Universal Tux, a Google+ organization dedicated to making Linux and FOSS accessible to everyone. The platform and publicity that is available through Opensource.com is extremely valuable.
—Spencer Hunley contributed 6 reasons people with disabilities should use Linux and Building better assistive technology with open hardware.
Recently a blog post I wrote for Opensource.com was picked up and used by a civic newsletter, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks News Digest. The municipal clerk in the city government where I work, the City of Takoma Park, Maryland, was happily and unexpectedly surprised to run into this writing from one of her co-workers. She sent me an email, which I forwarded to the city manager of the City of Takoma Park, who tells me she is forwarding it to our city council members—who decide the broad policies for our city's government. My blog post would never have traveled so far locally (and elsewhere) had it not first appeared on Opensource.com. Meanwhile, I may have a follow-up blog post to submit directly to the International Institute of Municipal Clerks News Digest newsletter. Thanks, Opensource.com! You brought me—and others—great value. I particularly appreciate the top-notch copy editing, which lets me focus my mind more on what I want to say.
—Phil Shapiro is one of our community moderators and has contributed many articles, including his most recent hit Welcome to America: Here's your Linux computer.
I wanted to contribute to Opensource.com for a long time, but I wasn't comfortable about my writing skills. I didn't think I was good enough. So, I've created my own blog and I've started writing about various topics that sounded interesting to me. A few months later, I felt like my writing and English skills have improved and I wrote a post that sounded like it would be perfect for Opensource.com. And that's how A beginner's guide to GitHub was made. It was an instant boost to my confidence, so I applied for a community moderator role and now I can't wait to share more stories with the Opensource.com audience! I met a lot of interesting people after that, boosted my blog stats immediately, and even got some business offers!
—Aleksandar Todorović wrote his first hit A beginner's guide to GitHub earlier this year and continues to write, most recently sharing his Linux Story. He joined our community moderator program in June 2015.
I couldn't have been more pleased with my writing experience. I really enjoy writing—it's one of the things I'm good at—and I especially love writing about accessibility and Linux. I don't know some of the technical things required to turn plain text documents into beautiful HTML, but the editors did a fantastic job, as well as smoothing off some of my rough edges. I'm definitely going to write more articles in the future, once I pick something to write about.
—Kendell Clark contributed Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better).
I enjoy writing for Opensource.com, sharing my experience and knowledge in open source, which I gathered over the years. The team helps me, through feedback, on improving my writing skills. This is always welcome, especially since I'm not a native English speaker. My writing has also helped me with regards to visibility in the open source ecosystem. I have added my experience in open source, including the moderator program I'm taking part in, to my resume. This has also contributed in getting my recent job.
Honestly, all of the articles I have written have helped me to learn and explore new ideas. The feedback I get in the form of comments, social media, and email is all great in helping me to enrich my perspectives. I love the Opensource.com team. I have known some of them for years and they are good people.
—Jono Bacon writes the Six Degrees column.
Writing for Opensource.com has allowed me to give back to a community of users and developers from whom I have truly benefited for many years. In the process I have met many interesting people and grown both personally and professionally.
—Don Watkins is a community moderator and has contributed many articles, including interviews with people working on popular tools and open source projects.
Writing for Opensource.com has expanded my personal and professional network exponentially. Writing for this site has given me an opening line when talking to open source enthusiasts, it has made me venture out more and attend conferences I wouldn't have ever had the opportunity to before. Top that off with the amazing team at Red Hat that I get to write with, work with, and hang out with in person, and I'm so happy that Jason reached out to me to have me write so many years ago.
—Nicole Engard is a community moderator and has contributed many articles, including interviews with conference speakers and articles on open education.
Writing for Opensource.com about open source content management systems has been a great experience. First, it helped my company share our stories and collect feedback and engage with wider communities. That broke down silos. The experience was also interesting and valuable because my company has been able to see what our peers have to say about open source content management systems. The articles helped open-up our vision and perspective in the space.
—Roland Benedetti writes for the Open CMS column.
Writer and community success stories
Penn Manor High School launched a Linux laptop learning initiative, with a student-led help desk that supports peers and the school-wide laptop initiative. Charlie Reisinger, the IT Director for Penn Manor, first wrote about the initiative in September 2014. Then he spoke at All Things Open 2014 in Raleigh on Lessons from the Open Source Schoolhouse.
e-NABLE is a community of designers, makers, and enthusiasts creating open source designs for the creation of low-cost prosthetic hands. Peregrine Hawthorn shared his experience about getting a new hand made and how he uses it. And Jen Owen tells us in an interview how the e-NABLE group got started and how their mission is at the core of what they do.
The Asian Penguins are a middle school Linux club in Minnesota who learn how computers work and share their new technical skills with others. Leader of the group, Stu Kernoff, shares this story with us. During their end-of-year celebration this year, the Opensource.com showed our appreciation by sending each Asian Penguin a T-shirt.
WhiteBikes is a low-cost, open source solution for bike share systems. Daniel Duris wrote to us after the publication of his article in March 2015: "I just wanted to thank you once again for your valuable help in publishing the article on our open source bike share system. You helped us to promote it and we have already received few emails on how people can launch it in their own communities."
The PatternFly team was part of the Opensource.com 2015 DevNation Speaker Interview series. Leslie Hinson, an interaction designer at Red Hat, and Robb Hamilton, a front-end developer on the UXD team at Red Hat, gave this interview: Go beyond Bootstrap with PatternFly. It was published on June 18, 2015, and as a result, patternfly.org saw a 554% increase in visitor sessions when their team compared traffic from June 17 to June 19. For that same time period, 80.5% were new visitors versus returning visitors. And, their team saw a comparable jump in visitors to Patternfly on GitHub—between June 16 and June 29, 35% of the views on GitHub were referred directly from Opensource.com, the top referring site for that time period. In addition, the Patternfly team saw a 38% increase of stars for the project on GitHub!