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!
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Browse reddit. Repost.
Can’t believe people get paid for that.
The stories here are curated and have relevant info summarized so you don’t have to go hunting through poorly written articles yourself.
Also tips@hackaday gets stories that don’t appear on Reddit, etc.
lol wut? The articles here are often poorly written, read the comments section some time. All we’re going to see now are more pointless, been done a million times Audrino and RasPi posts.
Apply yourself then.
and learn to spell Arduino.
Maybe Audrino is Arduino’s wife’s name?
^———but seriously though———–^
> The articles here are often poorly written
There isnt a grammar error with the first sentence. And thanks for confirming that I am right; your best retort to my criticism is pointing out a spelling mistake someone else already did. And as always Brian, stay butthurt that your only career achievement is making $20 a post for a little known blog. I bet getting in over your head in student debt was worth it to make it all the way here.
Like HaD editors know any of that there grammar & spelling stuff anyways.
I don’t get the [matt]s of the world. Do you really have so little else going on in your life that you can find the time to troll sites that you seem to dislike? That’s a bummer. What a waste of an existence.
Why are you here if it’s so terrible?
Thanks, we do our best to live up to your stringent standards.
Points for Mike :)
“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.
Yeah good question.
You’ve gotta wonder how many qualified people won’t even waste their time submitting an application because they figure it’s for pennies.
it’s for the prestige :)
It’s true. Do well enough and The Overlords will pay to send you to far away exotic places like Goshen, Indiana and Wall, New Jersey.
I’m holding out for Gary, Indiana. I hear tell it’s the place to be.
Yeah check out Gary, IN. Free self-defense/ shooting lessons.
Maybe they pay well, and don’t want a high number causing a flood of underqualified (and possibly less interested in the work) applicants.
I don’t think it’s much of a secret that writing here doesn’t pay well.
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. ;)
Start crapping outside the door? Eventually they’ll tire of walking through your “projects” and just give you a key.
Great to hear you have the resources to expand. But please don’t turn into a firehose of posts.
We did a 12 posts/day experiment for a week and got a small but significant increase in views, but fewer comments per posts. It’s a balance for sure.
Is that your goal? Number of views? You can go down the road of top 10 lists and misleading headlines if you want that…
I cannot describe how loudly I laughed at this.
Yeah, the adafruit blog is horrible. They also keep deleting comments if they are critical of anything.
No comment on your specific +1, but it would be really cool if there were a +1/like system on HAD!
An upvote/downvote comment system is on the list. The problem is, it’s a very long list.
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.
“in the voice of hack a day”: [Chris] has always wondered why hackaday posts always use braces to surround people’s names?
There are actual reasons, but at this point it’s ‘just because’. It’s also cooler.
hmm. Well, to this day it still breaks my flow while reading.
I would like a job, I have 3 years of experience and have built 3 rockets. If there are certain qualifications,let me know.p.s sorry about the email all of the other ones were taken
It might have originated due to the fact that when writing formally it’s used for pronoun modification.
I bet there was one, once. Just nobody here now remembers what it was.
I didn’t know that there were “actual reasons” for the braces. I always thought it was for pointing out a specific name to give it emphasis, but maybe there’s more?
Didn’t this question get answered on the most recent AMA? Something to do with people’s handles confusing the sentence. Ex:
My dog was tired of the same old meal…
[My dog] was tired of the same old meal…
Okay, bad example, but you get the point.
I like it, you can find hack authors name quickly without reading whole thing.
Oh s**t I lost that video of me blowing myself up,just kidding
Let me know when you guys want graphic work done ;)
Is geographic location relevant for applying?
Not at all.
I wish HaD will pay the hackers themselves. Post some writing guidelines and encourage people to self submit a short piece on their hacks.
I would totally write HaD posts about my own hacks if I could, instead of having them abstracted in a manner that sometimes slightly distorts them.
But why would they pay you when they have their own projects.hackaday for you to write on? The whole purpose of that portion of the site is ‘free’ user generated content (which increases traffic, which increases ad clicks, which increases revenue–nevermind that the projects portion of the website hasn’t been monetized yet).
I don’t know – nobody suggested one or the other so far.
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…
Although if I did start writing, don’t expect me to drop the ‘u’ from colour or anything.
the isn’t any ‘u’ in anything… ;)
+1 Give this man a cookie!
There’s two. They’re just upside down.
+1 Give this man a cookie!
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?
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.
i vote this guy gets a job. and I know that’s not how it works, buttt… i still vote. send in your application oh2fnx!!!!
I would like to know if you are looking for US residents only or may applicants live in Europe, too?
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.
+1 your 2 cents are worth a dollar too me good sir.
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?
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.
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?
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. ;)
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.
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.
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.
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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