You Want to Make It Easy to Feature Your Content
by @firstname.lastname@example.org on , tagged announcements, content, community (toot this)
If you’re an author or publisher, you like your content to be read. For that purpose, it’s helpful if people can share and promote your content.
Frontend Dogma is promoting a lot of content—but finds a lot of publishers to make featuring themselves and their content unnecessarily difficult.
Here are four quick tips for making it easier for others to feature your content:
Don’t link your main heading, with the content’s title, to the same page—that interferes with copying the title, and it’s a usability anti-pattern (your reader is already on the page, so encountering such a link can only be confusing).
Add links to the site and the content’s authors on social media—the easier you make this, the more will follow (or tag) you.
Prominently display the publication date of the content (and, optionally and separately, an update date)—it’s useful to know when the content was originally released.
If you provide and populate “share” links for social media (which don’t seem to work so well—hence “if”), include more than the content’s URL—also add the title, and tag the site and the content’s authors.
Making It Easy to Be Featured on Frontend Dogma
If you want to make it easy to feature your content on Frontend Dogma (granted it’s about web development and design and the many related topics):
Frontend Dogma is Mastodon-first, so consider being on Mastodon and linking to your profile on Mastodon (usually, near the content’s main heading or in the site footer).
Use the unofficial Frontend Dogma front matter helper and take the generated Markdown to file an issue for consideration of your content—that’s a bit hacky given that the main repo is private, and it’s a test given that it may be faster to just share the URL, but it’s an option.
Try it out, share feedback, and—make it easier for others to feature your content.