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Sam Julien is an Angular teacher and developer and the founder of the comprehensive video course UpgradingAngularJS.com. He's also the co-organizer of Angular Portland. When he's not coding, you'll find Sam outside hiking and camping like a good Oregonian.

As an academic and a teacher, I spend a ridiculous amount of time writing. I always believed that I was pretty good at it and always wanted to write even more online. I was enamoured with the concept of technical writing here on Hashnode, but I genuinely had no real idea where to start, what to write about, or how on Earth I was going to reach anyone when I did decide to start scribbling.

To my delight, Hashnode announced a bootcamp where budding writers including myself could come together and learn from some of the most experienced and talented writers on the platform. Thanks to Sam Julien, Catalin's Tech, Megha Pathak who gave wonderfully insightful glimpses into their writing journeys, their methodologies and thought processes behind each article, and how to fend off the ever-present dragon of procrastination when their motivation levels run low. It was a humbling experience and one I remain immensely grateful for the opportunity to have participated in.

Consistency is the key, but value quality over quantity

Write often and write consistently, but provide value in your writing - what can someone learn from you? What unique perspective do you provide? These are all important questions that we can ask ourselves as we decide on a topic to write about and share with the Internet. As someone with a great deal of experience both as a developer and as an educator, I think that this provides me with a unique viewpoint and perspective to share with the rest of the community.

A high quality, consistent blog is an amazing resource for demonstrating not only your commitment to an ongoing project, but both your technical and writing skills at the same time.

Branding and promotion

Sharing your writing on other communities such as freeCodeCamp, Dev, and Medium are also options for furthering the reach of your writing, sometimes even opening up paid opportunities, though personally I prefer that they remain centralised here.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I want to once again thank the amazing folks at Hashnode for running such a well coordinated and ambitious remote bootcamp, and wish them the best of success in the future! I look forward to the post-COVID future when we can look forward to in-person writing bootcamps. Perhaps I'll see you there!

Furthermore, I'd once again like to thank the aforementioned writing veterans for their time, their expertise, and above all their infectious passion and inspiration that they provide to all of us within this community. Thank you!

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