CommunityWant to Write for Think Vitamin?

[Update: Holy heck. The emails are flooding in. Keep ’em coming. Thanks everyone!]

Want some amazing publicity? Are you a talented designer, developer or web entrepreneur? We’d love for you to write for Think Vitamin! We’re looking for some great new authors who would like to write on the following subjects …

  1. Development
  2. Design
  3. Business

Dev Topics

  • Source control (i.e SVN, Git etc)
  • Deployment tools
  • The perfect development environment
  • Not reinventing the wheel (i.e. how to use open source code in your projects)
  • Short cutting code (i.e. ternary operators, sensible defaulting of variables etc)
  • Security fundamentals (i.e. putting your code beneath the public root, globals, sessions, CSFR etc)
  • Picking the right framework (e.g. Rails, Django, Symfony)
  • Hosting options (e.g. cloud, own server, virtual hosting etc, Apache?/Nginx)
  • Where to turn to for help (e.g. Stack Overflow)
  • Moving from procedural code to OOP
  • How to consume and generate XML and JSON
  • Interacting with API’s (e.g. Twitter, Google etc)
  • Choosing the right database
  • SQL (e.g. Select, Join, Union, limit, order by, MySQL functions etc)
  • Working with ORMs (Object Relational Mappers)
  • Caching options (e.g memcached)
  • CRON (i.e. how and when to use)
  • UNIX command line for server management
  • Understanding HTTP and headers (i.e. adding querystrings can force the browser to download fresh assets)
  • Separation of concerns (i.e. MVC)
  • Browser tools (i.e. Firebug for AJAX testing)
  • Message queues (i.e. How to spread the load of your app accordingly – e.g. image cropping can wait – doesn’t need to be handled on the post back)
  • How to handle errors in your code (i.e. logging, email, 500’s)
  • Opening up your won app with an API (i.e. could be as simple as making RSS feeds available)
  • Image manipulation (i.e. PHP = GD2 – making thumbnails, scaling etc)
  • Template engines (e.g. SMARTY for PHP)
  • The difference between GET and POST and when to use them
  • REST (i.e. understanding the approach and when to use it)
  • Apache stuff (e.g. .htaccess, mod rewrite, permanent redirects etc)
  • AJAX -(i.e. How and when to use it in your apps)

Design Topics

  • Getting inspiration
  • Wireframing
  • Accessibility
  • Graphic design  and layout
  • Creative spark – setting your design apart from the crowd
  • Typography
  • Managing clients
  • Finding new clients
  • Colour
  • Using imagery – illustration/ photography
  • UI Design
  • UX
  • Photoshop
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • jQuery

Business Topics

  • Funding for your ideas
  • Managing clients
  • Managing your team
  • Tracking cash flow
  • Networking
  • Marketing
  • A/B and multivariate testing
  • Analytics and goals

Please get in Touch

If you’d like to write an article on any of the above topics, please comment below or email me at ryan@carsonified.com. Thanks!

Important: Please explain why you’re qualified and include a brief description of the article that you’d like to write.

29 Responses to “Want to Write for Think Vitamin?”

  1. Aarif Habeeb on February 22, 2016 at 1:12 am said:

    Thank you for give us a platform for sharing our ideas, knowledage and content on server management.

  2. Hello!
    I saw you allow guest posting on your web site. I am curious whether guest blogging is still open? And if yes, are there any special requirements? Thanks

  3. Radu Tyrsina on January 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm said:

    Thank you for this awesome opportunity! looking forward to submit an article!

  4. Hi – this is the series I’m working on and am looking for an outlet.

    Growing beyond One Pt 1 – Hiring your first contractor or employee
    o Sure-fire signs you need help
    o Where to find your first employee
    o Running your first interview

    Growing beyond One Pt 2
    o Negotiating pay, work conditions
    o The all important agreement/contract (note about client and IP ownership)
    o Trial period – what to keep track of.

    Devil in the Detail – Tips for creating your own bullet-proof client contract.
    o Why template contracts don’t work for design.
    o You need a contract, but use it as a sales tool.
    o Keep it simple, highlight the important parts.
    o Payment terms, Maintenance – or when a bug isn’t a bug,
    o Reality is that your contract is not for legal purposes (it is unlikely you can afford the legal fees to enforce it), but rather to help both you and your client to clearly understand how you will be working together.

    Dealing with Horror Clients.
    o First meeting: your intuition is usually right.
    o Identify the cause of friction
    o 5 Persuasive Psychology tips to bring your client onside.
    o When all else fails…

  5. If it’s yes, i’m glade to write for you. Please check my website

  6. How about interviews with designers?

  7. Josh Gibbs on August 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm said:

    I am very interested in writing an article about designers wireframing for developers. Essentially, the best team for making a website is a good designer with knowledge of how a site is built and a developer. Having one person doing design and development from start to finish is good, but the efficiency is like that of creating handcrafted goods. To create maximum efficiency, you need designers designing and developers developing.

    Thus, you can’t have a designer make a photoshop comp for every page on the site. That takes way too long and you might as well have one person doing design and development. That’s where wireframing comes in handy. Once a design is fleshed out, the developer needs to know how all the pages on the site are laid out. The designer can quickly create layouts and link them to a sitemap where the developer can slice and build out the site. This frees up the designer to start the next project.

  8. Oliver Nassar on August 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm said:

    Good Day sir.
    I’ve emailed you regarding some ideas I’d love to contribute to Think Vitamin.
    Let me know if you’ve got time to check it out. I’m sure you’re busy with all the responses to this post, so take your time.

    All the best.
    Oliver Nassar

  9. Josh Russell on August 7, 2009 at 12:28 am said:

    will reply to your previous email in the morning.

  10. Ryan Carson on August 6, 2009 at 11:33 pm said:

    We only nest comments three deep, so Josh, this is a reply to your comment above:

    “the fact that it’s now just the carsonified blog would be a cause for concern for me if i was a previous writer while it was independent, and now all my posts are on carsonified.com and presented in a different context. shady behaviour, imho.”

    There hasn’t been a single person that’s written for us that has contacted us or voiced any concern about us combining the two blogs. These include very smart people like Cal Henderson, Molly H, Dave Shea, Francisco Tolmasky and more. They’re adults and I don’t think they need you to protect them from our “shady” ways.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you’ve got an axe to grind with us but you won’t tell us what it is. If we did something wrong, I’d appreciate it if you’d share so we can fix it. Unfortunately for you, your constant attacks just look like bitterness.

    “so link to their articles, on their blogs.”

    We’ve done that many times, including these posts all in the last three weeks:

    Five Really Simple Colour Tips

    How to Make Your Design Stand out from the Crowd

    Getting Started with Typekit

    Now There’s a Great Landing Page

    Five Tips for Kicking Ass at an Interview

    30 Essential CSS3 Resources

    23 Essential HTML 5 Resources

    Apparently you don’t actually read the blog, so I guess you’re here just to troll a little in your downtime.

    If you don’t like our content or the way we do things, just unsubscribe. It’s how the Internet works. imho.

  11. Dan Glegg (@angryamoeba) on August 6, 2009 at 7:43 pm said:

    This would be a cool proposition if Think Vitamin were still an independent magazine site for web people, but it isn’t. It’s “the Carsonified Blog”. Carsonified still, on the surface, appears to be both an agency and an events company. That competes in the same marketplace as the people who you’re soliciting for content.

    In general, it’s unusual for companies who author their own blogs to solicit content from others because, well, a company blog is usually written by company employees, talking about what they’re working on and what makes them tick.

    Honestly, there’s a metric crapload of very very smart people already writing on their own blogs about all of these topics. *And you can link to them*. How does it benefit people to write for Carsonified rather than for Carsonified to link to them directly?

    If I were to write for you directly, I’d get some run-off traffic from an author link somewhere. I’d liberally estimate that to be less than 10% of readers. You get to run commercial advertisements alongside my article. I don’t like that bit.

    If you just link to my article, you still cover the subject matter – which is the important thing, right? And I choose whether or not to run ads alongside my content. Perhaps most importantly, you’d get to add your own commentary to the article.

    I say that adding your own commentary is important because, well, what’s the point of running a blog for your company if you’re not going to publish your own take on third-party content that you post?

    • Ryan Carson on August 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm said:

      Thanks for commenting – appreciate you putting your opinion across. Here are my answers:

      “This would be a cool proposition if Think Vitamin were still an independent magazine site for web people, but it isn’t. It’s “the Carsonified Blog”. Carsonified still, on the surface, appears to be both an agency and an events company. That competes in the same marketplace as the people who you’re soliciting for content.”

      Think Vitamin was never “independent”. It has always been Carsonified’s blog for Web Designers, Developers and Entrepreneurs. [Update: What I mean by ‘never independent’ is that Think Vitamin was always owned by Carsonified and as such we used it to get the word out about our events. However, we always aimed to make the content independent. We asked outside writers to write on topics that were new and relevant to the web industry. I’m not sure any company-owned blog can be 100% independent. We’re human beings after all.] Now that we’ve combined the Carsonified Blog and Think Vitamin, our values still stand we just publish a lot more often – which means more good content for readers.

      “If I were to write for you directly, I’d get some run-off traffic from an author link somewhere. I’d liberally estimate that to be less than 10% of readers. You get to run commercial advertisements alongside my article. I don’t like that bit.”

      A lot of people don’t get as much traffic as Think Vitamin, so writing for us is a great way to raise their profile. I speak from experience because I did exactly the same thing when I wrote articles for A List Apart (The Four Day Week Challenge), Signal vs Noise (Small Biz 101: How to get started, Small Biz 101: Cash flow, Small Biz 101: No one starts with a masterpiece, Small Biz 101: Tips for Increasing, The cost of bootstrapping your app: The figures behind DropSend Part 1, The cost of bootstrapping your app: The figures behind DropSend Part 2) and TechCrunch (Web Apps 101: Your 3-point Success Plan, How To Build A Web App in Four Days For $10,000).

      They all made some money off my article, but do I give a damn? Nope, because I gained a lot of exposure. It’s a fair exchange that both parties understand.

      “You get to run commercial advertisements alongside my article. I don’t like that bit.”

      On the issue of money, we currently run one ad (The Deck) which barely covers our broadband and phone bill, so I’d hardly say we’re profiteering off people’s hard work.

      On another note, the reason why we’re asking folks to write for us is because we don’t know everything there is to know about Design, Dev and Business. It’s great to ask really smart people to come in and share their experience and knowledge.

      • Josh Russell on August 6, 2009 at 11:15 pm said:

        my turn i guess….

        “Think Vitamin was never “independent”. It has always been Carsonified’s blog for Web Designers, Developers and Entrepreneurs.”

        well it certainly appeared to be. and was branded as such. it has it’s own name, for a start. i’m not sure why (ok maybe i am) it was moved. it’s perceived independence gave it some credibility.

        the fact that it’s now just the carsonified blog would be a cause for concern for me if i was a previous writer while it was independent, and now all my posts are on carsonified.com and presented in a different context.

        shady behaviour, imho.

        “A lot of people don’t get as much traffic as Think Vitamin, so writing for us is a great way to raise their profile. ”

        so link to their articles, on their blogs.

        make some comment on their post. in your words. it’s your blog after all.

        linking is almost *the* most fundamental function on the internet. the least you can do is encourage its use. this is where traffic comes from. imho.

        “I speak from experience because I did exactly the same thing when I wrote articles for A List Apart” .. “Signal vs Noise” .. “and TechCrunch”

        they’re not direct competitors to you. you are potentially direct competitors to the people you’re asking to post on your blog. that’s a very clear conflict. imho.

        “They all made some money off my article, but do I give a damn? Nope, because I gained a lot of exposure. It’s a fair exchange that both parties understand.”

        they’re there to make money from articles. it’s their business. your business (with the blog) is to raise your profile. it’s not as clear cut as you seem to be suggesting. imho.

        “On the issue of money, we currently run one ad (The Deck) which barely covers our broadband and phone bill, so I’d hardly say we’re profiteering off people’s hard work.”

        so now you’re making some strange difference between profit and expense… erm, is covering those costs with that cash not a good thing? something that might equate a profit? you’re not having to cover that from your own income. it’s the same thing. imho.

        “…we don’t know everything there is to know about Design, Dev and Business”

        nice of you to admit. that’s not how it generally comes across. imho.

        “It’s great to ask really smart people to come in and share their experience and knowledge.”

        so link to them. it’s how the internet works. imho.

  12. Shikeb Ali on August 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm said:

    Hey Ryan,

    Interested in topic “Adobe Photoshop for web designers.” ?

  13. Bart Zonneveld on August 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm said:

    Any interest in an article about doing Behaviour Driven Design using Cucumber?

  14. David Smith on August 6, 2009 at 8:35 am said:

    On the “Design” front, would you consider posts about Adobe Fireworks. It’s quite a popular programme…..

  15. James MacLeod on August 6, 2009 at 7:55 am said:

    Sent

  16. Are you looking for single guest posts or recurring regular authors?

  17. Email Sent!

    Thanks,

    Lee

  18. Is there any style guide (e.g. http://www.alistapart.com/contribute/styleguide/) we should abide by?

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