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We’re Hiring

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The title says it all. We need more writers to keep the fresh hacks coming, now’s your chance to apply for the job.

Contributors are hired as private contractors and paid for each post. Writers should have the technical expertise to understand the projects they are writing about, and a passion for the wide range of topics we feature. If you’re interested, please email our jobs line and include:

  • Details about your background (education, employment, etc.) that make you a valuable addition to the team
  • Links to your blog/project posts/etc. which have been published on the Internet
  • One example post written in the voice of Hack a Day. Include a banner image, 150 words, the link to the project, and any in-links to related and relevant Hack a Day features.

Words of encouragement

First off, we won’t be discussing compensation publicly. Want to know what we pay? Send in a successful application and we’ll talk about it.

Secondly, don’t pass up this opportunity. I watched one of these posts go by and waited another year before I saw the next one and applied. Now I’m running the place. Our team is made up of avid readers. If you’re passionate about the stuff here and you have a few hours each week to do some writing you need to apply now!

Why are we hiring more writers?

You may have noticed that we’re starting to send people to events, and continuing our push to develop our own unique original content. Both of these take time and we need more team members to fill in the publishing schedule so that the Hackaday community gets the posts that it deserves.

So what are you waiting for? Ladies and Gentlemen, start your applications!

Comments

  1. Cornpop says:

    Browse reddit. Repost.

    Can’t believe people get paid for that.

  2. John Bokma says:

    “Want to know what we pay?” Yes. I don’t understand why this has to be kept a secret, unless it’s in the 10-20 USD/post range.

  3. Adam Fabio says:

    Hackaday really is a great place to work. I responded to a post remarkably like this one last year. 2 weeks later I was covering MakerFaire NY. Mike and Brian still won’t give me the key to the executive washroom though. ;)

  4. J. Peterson says:

    Great to hear you have the resources to expand. But please don’t turn into a firehose of posts.

  5. notmyfault2000 says:

    Your application must have at least one speling mistake to be considered, and should have been sent by Arduino. It may optionally involve an anachronistic hack in the transmission of the application.

  6. Chris says:

    “in the voice of hack a day”: [Chris] has always wondered why hackaday posts always use braces to surround people’s names?

  7. Thomas says:

    Oh s**t I lost that video of me blowing myself up,just kidding

  8. RBR says:

    Let me know when you guys want graphic work done ;)

  9. Lars says:

    Is geographic location relevant for applying?

  10. Q says:

    I wish HaD will pay the hackers themselves. Post some writing guidelines and encourage people to self submit a short piece on their hacks.

  11. Sam Twibill says:

    This would be an excellent opportunity for someone over this side of the pond (UK and Europe) to join.
    If I had the time, I’d apply. In between decorating the new house, Scouts, work etc I’ve got little time to hack :( I get my fill from here.
    If I win the lottery, however…

  12. Cerberus says:

    I didnt realise this community was so full of ego fucks. Straaaight up. I get what I need from hackaday… if not I move on. Whats with all you whiny fgts?

  13. oh2fnx says:

    Hm. I do technical writing as my job beside consulting. I have to say, this offer sounds pretty fun and could double as a hobby. I’ll send an resume later.

    How much hours per week editors usually spend time on here? I don’t care about the payment (I usually bill $187 per hour) but I can’t afford to spend, say, 10++ hours per week on this. I do travel sometimes so I could make reports on, say, stuff happening in Northern Europe if I can fit it in my schedule. If someone pays my plane tickets, I can report everywhere you want me to :)

    Pretty much the only non-confidential example I can share is my web site, linked above.

  14. Oliver says:

    I would like to know if you are looking for US residents only or may applicants live in Europe, too?

  15. raidcore says:

    Call me dumb but if you need more article to generate traffic/clicks why don’t you do a daily/weekly article on the basics. Like go through some [Forest Mims] books and explain how and why each circuit works as well as a few uses for it? I can follow a schematic, put baisc circuits together but there is still a lot I don’t know and pick up as I get to the point where I need it.

    Just my two cents.

  16. Jan Ostman says:

    Why all the negative criticism?
    I love reading HaD every day and would love to be a writer looking for things to feature.

    And it since you write here I guess you do also?

  17. Nathan says:

    I’ve always wanted to write for hackaday but I’m not that good of a writer. I’m looking forward to reading the new writers work.

  18. Biomed says:

    Sorry, not interested. Banging my head against the monitor due to some of the things I see is all the closer I wanna get. Then there are concerns I have about violating the TOS of other sites. I respectfully decline to even decline. This post isn’t here, these aren’t the words you’re looking for.

    You do seem to have the widest collection of links from the web so I still view, but letting the trolls… err… general public comment likely sting some of the originating authors. I’ve not seen much help actually happen. A much more mutually supportive and collaborative environment would attract me, but I would not waste my efforts on any less. But then again, I seem to recall, and correct me if I’m wrong, this is all about profit… right?

    • medix says:

      While sometimes I agree with you, I think this view of things is all the more reason to get involved. While you (I) may not always agree with the quality and outlandish statements (not backed up with references), I see it as an opportunity to help improve. You’re not doing anyone any great service by sitting back in your easy chair and complaining incessantly about it.

      Help out or GTFO. ;)

      • Biomed says:

        If the customer observations/suggestions/complaints being posted seemed to influence HAD policies I would be all over it.

        There is nothing wrong with profit. It makes the world go ’round. The quest for profit can become like blinders. There is no reason that social responsibility such as the care and nurturing of he newbies, and mutual comprehensive respect, need to be neglected to maintain profit. One can even go so far as to state these would enhance profit by preventing loss of some readers. Think of how the hackerspaces operate. They require safety, civility, and encourage mutual cooperation. And HAD is currently working on becoming the first internet hackerspace whether they realize it or not.

        • medix says:

          My point (that you seem to have missed) is that perhaps it’s best to try to change (SOME) of this from the inside. Sometimes, your first intuition is perhaps not always the correct one.

          I too have noticed that feedback is quietly ignored, and the quality of posts doesn’t much improve, but if you’re here, and you’re posting now, that means that you have already participated in some way whether you like it or not. If this HaD is indeed becoming the first ‘virtual’ hackerspace (in which you are involved) then isn’t it a bit ironic that you’re backing out of the very conditions for having such a space?

          Sure it’s for profit, but it’s also a chance for you (or any of us) to gain some experience in technical writing (seriously, who couldn’t use a bit more practice), give back to the community (in a constructive, positive way – since this IS a ‘virtual’ hackerspace), and get PAID for it.

          All I’m saying is that, instead of balking at the idea (which seems to be the norm here), go with the less obvious approach and get involved. You might be surprised. Or you might not. You’ll never know if you just complain alot.

  19. BB Gun says:

    What’s with this mass objection to hackaday wanting to turn a profit? They’re a business. They provide a service. If you don’t like it, take your clicks somewhere else. What? No one does it the way you like? The other sites are greedy corporations, too? Start your own free site then. Oh, you don’t have time to crank out 8-12 write-ups a day and can’t find anyone else in this massive group of business haters to contribute to your hackaday knockoff for free? Damn, I guess hackaday isn’t so bad after all.

  20. So what exactly is wrong with people who have the expertise to relay a synopsis of a project accurately being paid for it? My standard is my dad. He actually hunted and fished for a living and only had to lie about it in writing for a newspaper here in the southeast .

    What I do know is that writing and editing takes lots of time, and time, while always spent is never free. (All I can do is this IT stuff – all the coffee you can drink, and plenty of air conditioning)

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