We’re Hiring: Come Join Us!

You wake up in the morning, and check Hackaday over breakfast. Then it’s off to work or school, where you’ve already had to explain the Jolly Wrencher to your shoulder-surfing colleagues. And then to a hackspace or back to your home lab, stopping by the skull-and-cross-wrenches while commuting, naturally. You don’t bleed red, but rather #F3BF10. It’s time we talked.

The Hackaday writing crew goes to great lengths to cover all that is interesting to engineers and enthusiasts. We find ourselves stretched a bit thin and it’s time to ask for help. Want to lend a hand while making some extra dough to plow back into your projects? We’re looking for contributors to write a few blog posts per week and keep the Hackaday flame burning.

Contributors are hired as private contractors and paid for each article. You should have the technical expertise to understand the projects you write about, and a passion for the wide range of topics we feature. You’ll have access to the Hackaday Tips Line, and we count on your judgement to help us find the juicy nuggets that you’d want to share with your hacker friends.

If you’re interested, please email our jobs line and include:

  • One example post written in the voice of Hackaday. Include a banner image, at least 150 words, the link to the project, and any in-links to related and relevant Hackaday features. We need to know that you can write.
  • Details about your background (education, employment, interests) that make you a valuable addition to the team. What do you like, and what do you do?
  • Links to your blog/project posts/etc. that have been published on the Internet, if any.

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

57 thoughts on “We’re Hiring: Come Join Us!

  1. I go to hackaday to get interesting articles about nerd stuff. I can’t think of other material sources that would give me articles every week. How do writers get their sources? Do you just steal from other websites?

    1. Two ways. One, we keep our eyes open and if we see something cool anywhere around the web, we write it up.

      But we’ve also got a tremendous community of tipsters who are responsible for the lion’s share of our leads. Indeed, it’s you all who _are_ Hackaday. Thanks tons, tipsters!

    2. Really? HaD used to have first scoops, just like /. 15 years ago. Nowadays its pretty usual for me to find something interesting on hn/reddit/chain of smaller niche blogs, and then see it on HaD 1-5 days later. If anything I would suspect HaD has too much material to pick from, and not enough staff.

      1. That day or two delay is the price you/we pay for having actual people (heck, actual hackers!) read through a ton of projects, pick out the interesting ones, and write them up thoughtfully.

        What Hackaday does is curate — we read through the bad stuff so that you don’t have to. :) We dig through the details to find the interesting nuggets. And that makes our signal/noise ratio a lot higher than anywhere else, IMO.

    3. Saying they “steal” is a real bold claim. It’s a blog that aggregates other sources, that’s kind of the name of the game. Come for the daily stuff, stay for the original content they do in house.

      1. “Steal” is especially funny b/c about half of our tips (totally made-up statistic!) come from the OPs / hackers in question who want the world to know that they’ve done something cool. And the first link you’ll see in the writeup always goes to the source.

        (Is there a confusion between “stealing” and “sharing”?)

        And we’re quite proud of our original content stuff, so thanks for noticing!

  2. “WE’RE HIRING: COME JOIN US!”

    I’ll be rich! Rich! *maniacal laugh* Standing next to such luminaries as Brian.

    “• One example post written in the voice of Hackaday. Include a banner image, at least 150 words, the link to the project, and any in-links to related and relevant Hackaday features. We need to know that you can write.

    • Details about your background (education, employment, interests) that make you a valuable addition to the team. What do you like, and what do you do?

    • Links to your blog/project posts/etc. that have been published on the Internet, if any.”

    In a way it sounds like applying for an open-source position, just with hardware.

      1. Typographical errors are one thing. Don’t forget to include technical and mathematical errors too. Bonus points if the error is so glaringly obvious it will jump off the page and hit a non-technical visitor who got here by accident in the face.

    1. Step 1. Browse reddit/slashdot
      Step 2. Copy, the first thing you see.
      Step 3. Add 17 errors to give it that hack-a-day feel.
      Step 4. Post it.
      Step 5. Post a slightly altered version that is much less clear tomorrow.
      Step 6. ????
      Step 7. Profit.

        1. To be honest and fair, mistakes happen to everyone and they don’t detract from this site. What leaves me feeling disgusted is certain editors (Al Williams, Jenny List spring to mind) who get offended and hostile when their mistakes are pointed out rather than politely thanking the person and making corrections. They reflect poorly on this site and ruin the community. They are the ones who make it a hostile place.

    1. Pretty sure this is BS. Even from an outsiders perspective, you can tell there are HAD authors who only do a handful of posts per month. There’s no way they would turn away somebody who “only” could do 1 – 3 a week.

      That, or they thought it was a nicer way of rejecting you than saying your writing wasn’t any good…

          1. Okay, to clarify my comment B^)
            If you click on the “About” button in the HaD banner, and scroll down the page, you’ll see “contributors at large” listed.
            I for one, would love to see more of Naomi Wu[‘s posts].
            B^)

  3. Just my two pence: I really enjoy reading almost every article, but if the rate of articles increase i won’t be able to keep up and i’ll start missing them and then…whats the point? I might as well just hit the random button every once in a while.
    Not sure whether i’m being unusual here, but i’d love quality more than quantity (and the current quality is good!).

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